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Brad Wilmarth Wins Cannonball Run Riding 1913
Excelsior, the oldest motorcycle with Perfect Score


Bradford P. Wilmarth's Winning 1913 Excelsior at the Finish in Santa Monica. source
TOP TEN
1.Bradford P. Wilmarth (1913 Excelsior).....
2.Alan Travis (1914 Excelsior)...................
3.Rick McMaken (1915 Harley-Davidson)...
4.Fred Lange (1915 Harley-Davidson........)
5.Wayne Stanfield (1915 Harley-Davidson)
6.Steve Huntzinger (1915 Excelsior).........
7.David Kleptz (1915 Harley-Davidson)....
8.Mike Madden (1915 Harley-Davidson)...
9.David Fusiak (1915 Harley-Davidson)...
10.Stephen Barber (1915 Harley-Davidson)
   
Hot Springs, AK, September 17, 2010 – The Motorcycle Cannonball, a cross-country endurance ride for pre-1916 motorcycles spans 17 days, 11 states and 3,294 miles. Following a day of rest in Hot Springs, AK, the fleet of vintage motorcycles will head for Fort Smith, AK on Saturday before crossing into Oklahoma on Sunday, September 19. According to Lonnie Isam, Jr., the promoter of this event, the convergence of vintage riders will be making the journey of a lifetime.

“The Cannonball riders are really looking forward to crossing the Great Plains and for the opportunity to experience the unique territory and terrain of Oklahoma,” Isam said, “from this point on we are more than halfway to our western goal. This will be stage 9 of 16 and our riders are really beginning to feel they can make it all the way across our great country.”

“Within a couple of miles of Fort Smith, the Cannonball riders cross the state and move into Oklahoma, according to Felicia Morgan, director of communication for the Cannonball.
“Leaving the mountains and wooded areas behind,” she said, “our rider’s morning route through the Great Plains will be straight with some gently rolling hills. By midday we will be riding over flat roads through country that is more ranching than farming, on mostly state highways.”
Morgan said lunch will be generously hosted by the enthusiastic city of Ada, OK and will be served at the East Central University Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.
After logging 276 miles, the Motorcycle Cannonball riders’ evening will be spent in the town of Lawton, OK, which serves as the Comanche Nation Headquarters. Fort Sill, the only remaining Army installation of all the forts on the South Plains built during the Indian Wars that is still active, is located near Lawton. Morgan said the Cannonball crew is working to make sure news of this great ride is accessible to everyone through daily posts, pictures, and videos from the road. The tallies of rider’s scores will also be available. Ron Blissit, from Norman, OK, is piloting Cannonball bike number 43, a 1914 Indian which is owned by John Hollansworth.

The Motorcycle Cannonball spans 17 days over 3,294 miles and concludes in Santa Monica, CA on September 26. There are entries from around the world. Complete information about the Motorcycle Cannonball, including route details and rider profiles, is available at www.motorcyclecannonball.com.

Starting Line, Kill Devil Hills, NC. September 10, 2010.
Witnesses say Olsen hit a pothole, went into a shimmy on his 1913 Sears before crashing. Olsen tried to hang on the the wobbly motorcycle, however the wobble soon turned into a tank slapper and Matt flew over handlebars, breaking his left forearm in two places that required surgery.www.motorcyclecannonball.com ... Stage 5 Video Update bt Buzz Kantner
Motorcycle Cannonball riders pass the 1000-mile mark
Chattanooga TN, September 14, 2010 – In a bid to go shore-to-shore across the U.S.A. in 17 days on pre-1916 machines, the Motorcycle Cannonball’s field of hardy riders have completed the first four stages of their objective. As expected, drama has already been high with in-route mechanical breakdowns and the accompanying personal heartbreak, a leader-board that continues to change, and plenty of fantastic camaraderie as competitors aid and supports their fellow riders.

With sunny weather and road riding conditions -- smoothly paved roads, and scenery that included beautiful waterways and rivers – that Cannonball organizer Lonnie Isam, Jr., termed “nearly perfect,” the pack of vintage motorcycles left Maggie Valley, NC and passed over the Cherohala Skyway and through the Cherokee National Forest and the Cherokee Reservation. Then it was on to Tennessee and Chattanooga, home of Coker Tire World Headquarters. The Coker Company hosted a dinner for the riders, support crews, and event staff. Coker is supplying tires for a number of the Cannonball riders’ classic motorcycles.

Alabama bound
Felicia Morgan, director of communications for the endurance ride, reports that there have already been a number of changes in the top ranks of the Cannonball rider standings that cover three classes of motorcycles. Fans of any particular rider can follow his or her progress via daily posting on the Cannonball website. Today’s ride (9-14-10) is the fifth stage and covers 210 miles from Chattanooga, TN to Tuscumbia, AL. Morgan says this stage includes curvy, uphill climbs and follows along the Tennessee River, crossing it twice. Rocket Harley-Davidson in Huntsville, Alabama will give riders lunch and Foster H-D in Tuscumbia will provide dinner. At the end of the day, riders will have logged over 1,000 of the event’s total 3,294 miles. Stage six on September 15 will put the entrants in Lula, Mississippi.

In all, the Motorcycle Cannonball riders will pass through 11 states before concluding in Santa Monica, CA on September 26. There are entries from around the world. Complete information about the Motorcycle Cannonball, including route details, rider profiles, and current standings is available at www.motorcyclecannonball.com.

 
Four stages of the Motorcycle Cannonball completed;
Breakdowns, Repairs, and Lead Changes a Daily Event
Chattanooga TN, September 14, 2010 – In a bid to go shore-to-shore across the U.S.A. in 17 days on pre-1916 machines, the Motorcycle Cannonball’s field of hardy riders have completed the first four stages of their objective. As expected, drama has already been high with in-route mechanical breakdowns and the accompanying personal heartbreak, a leader-board that continues to change, and plenty of fantastic camaraderie as competitors aid and supports their fellow riders.

With sunny weather and road riding conditions -- smoothly paved roads, and scenery that included beautiful waterways and rivers – that Cannonball organizer Lonnie Isam, Jr., termed “nearly perfect,” the pack of vintage motorcycles left Maggie Valley, NC and passed over the Cherohala Skyway and through the Cherokee National Forest and the Cherokee Reservation. Then it was on to Tennessee and Chattanooga, home of Coker Tire World Headquarters. The Coker Company hosted a dinner for the riders, support crews, and event staff. Coker is supplying tires for a number of the Cannonball riders’ classic motorcycles.

Alabama bound
Felicia Morgan, director of communications for the endurance ride, reports that there have already been a number of changes in the top ranks of the Cannonball rider standings that cover three classes of motorcycles. Fans of any particular rider can follow his or her progress via daily posting on the Cannonball website. Today’s ride (9-14-10) is the fifth stage and covers 210 miles from Chattanooga, TN to Tuscumbia, AL. Morgan says this stage includes curvy, uphill climbs and follows along the Tennessee River, crossing it twice. Rocket Harley-Davidson in Huntsville, Alabama will give riders lunch and Foster H-D in Tuscumbia will provide dinner. At the end of the day, riders will have logged over 1,000 of the event’s total 3,294 miles. Stage six on September 15 will put the entrants in Lula, Mississippi.

In all, the Motorcycle Cannonball riders will pass through 11 states before concluding in Santa Monica, CA on September 26. There are entries from around the world. Complete information about the Motorcycle Cannonball, including route details, rider profiles, and current standings is available at www.motorcyclecannonball.com.


Unhappy Rider Dealing with Mechanical Problems
on the Outer Banks Shortly after start of Race..
 
Motorcycle on the road
Latest Updates for the 2010 Cannonball Endurance Race
Greenville, NC, September 10, 2010 – Forty-four Motorcycle Cannonball riders left Kitty Hawk, NC this morning on the initial leg of an endurance ride that they hope will have everyone celebrating 16 days from now on the Santa Monica pier where it juts into the Pacific Ocean 3,294 miles away.

Before heading out of the Kitty Hawk area, riders gathered at the nearby Wright Brothers’ monument for a group panoramic photo taken by renowned photographer Michael Lichter. Reminiscent of vintage photographs taken yesteryear on the seashore and boardwalks when motorcycling was in its infancy, this historical photograph will record for all time this great adventure for what is sure to be a once in a life time experience for all concerned.

According to Motorcycle Cannonball Director of Communications, Felicia Morgan, “Traffic at the Wright Brothers’ monument was blocked as the renowned photographer worked his magic to record this historical event. Forty-four riders and their crewmembers lined up and smiled for the camera as onlookers cheered and snapped their own photos. As the checkered flag dropped, the vintage bikes popped, snapped, and sputtered down the road.”

“It was a grand start indeed,” reports event organizer Lonnie Isam, Jr., “hoards of supporters who came out to watch Michael Lichter and the Motorcycle Cannonball riders here at the Wright Brothers memorial. This is a moment that neither I nor any of the other riders will ever forget. Of course, there is long, long way to go from here.”


Cannonball rider on the move

And there is a very full weekend ahead. Stage two on Saturday, September 11 from Greenville to Concord NC will pose a 223-mile challenge for the remaining riders. Sunday has the Cannonballers doing and “easy” 208 miles into Maggie Valley, NC. Bright and early on Monday, September 13 will see these men and women on their magnificent machines chugging another 193 miles into Chattanooga, TN.

Just what challenges lie ahead for the Cannonball riders was apparent on day one: many ran out of gas, several broke down, and some were unable to make repairs. But, according Isam, none of this did much to dim the light of this amazing journey. The beautiful countryside, he reported, lifted spirits and many riders were found lending a hand to downed brethren as the 95-year-old or older motorcycles tested their rider’s patience.

"Come on Baby" was the call of the day as riders peddled, kicked and wheedled their bikes to life. Pete Young was one such rifer whose 1913 English made Premier refused to heed the call and left him stranded. Pete is currently tearing his bike apart to determine the extent of the damage to his crankshaft, with the hopes that he'll be able to make repairs and continue on, even if he is disqualified on points. Pete says his goal is just to make it to California in the wind and on the back of his precious machine.

The Motorcycle Cannonball spans 17 days over 3,294 miles. There are entries from around the world. Complete information about the Motorcycle Cannonball, including route details and rider profiles, is available at www.motorcyclecannonball.com.

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A veteran group of motorcycle racers and enthusiasts began gathering at the Kitty Hawk Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, Sept 7. By Wednesday morning, the Hilton's parking lot began to take on the flavor of an antique motorcycle meet as many of the riders and helpers pulled their vintage motorcycles out of trailers and began getting them ready for the race. The rules state the motorcycles must have been manufactured before 1916 and most of the motorcycles look as if they were recently pulled out of barns and cleaned up for the race. The official race start occurs at the Wright Brothers Memorial on Friday, Sept. 10 at 10:am. The vintage Motorcycles will be on display for public viewing between 8:30 to 10:30 AM. At 9:00 AM: Official Start Time for the Race: 10:00 AM: Starting in Kitty Hawk, racers will attempt to reach Santa Monica, California by September 26 using back roads. see official website ....Also See more at obxmotorcycle.com
Race Day, September 10, 2010. Wright Memorial
National Park, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina...
Cannonball Endurance Racers receive their final instructions before leaving the Wright Memorial National Park in Kill Devils Hills at 10 am Friday Morning, Sept. 10, 2010 on their long trek to Santa Monica, California. Racers, some from as faraway as Germany, have 17 days to complete their journey on motorcycles that had to have been manufactured before 1915.
Kitty Hawk Hilton Hotel
Bikers Arrive on Outer Banks a Few Days before the Race
The Pictures below were taken at the Kitty Hawk Hilton Hotel where Racers began gathering on Monday, September 6. The Hotel's parking lot began to take on the aura of a motorcycle rally as local riders would visit each evening to watch race participants readying their motorcycles for the event.

Kitty Hawk Resident Roxanne Dorman Checking out a Flying Merkel

Jim Rohrbacher of Richmond, Virginia

Ron Mattson from Camarillo, Ca
 

Dieter Eckel from Ingolstadt, Germany

Kitty Hawk resident David Jones will Travel with the racers as a volunteer
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Day of the Race, September 10, 2010. Bikers Rally in the Wright Memorial
National Park in Kill Devil Hills for Photos and Final Instructions..........
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