Thanks God! The coast to coast to coast Cannonball Endurance Run is not about money. The challenges faced by riders of pre-1916 motorcycles is about machine’s performance, gas availability and physical strength. And to reward them for having the courage of their motorcyclist ancestors, winners will receive pieces of art, a gorgeous Bronze Statue by Jeff Decker (will specifically report on this one and show it to you in a couple of days), paintings by David Uhl and photographer Michael Lichter will share his full Challenge photographic coverage.
While Jeff Decker will participate after just completing the Run Bronze Trophy, David and Michael will be scanning the entire event in Kitty Hawk for a photographic reportt that depicts the excitement and spirit surrounding the start of the rally.
Once the photographs are complete, they will split up. Lichter will travel the entire ride shooting from the back of a 1953 rigid Harley-Davidson Panhead (facing backwards), and David will return to his Golden, CO studio to commence his own personal race against time. He will be painting an original oil on canvas based on Lichter’s photographs, finish the painting before the end of the ride, and then fly to California to present the painting to the winner of Class 2.
For the winner of class 3 (the multi cylinder/multi speed class), David has already completed a historically relevant work featuring the ride’s namesake, E.G. Baker aka Cannonball Baker. Uhl will also present this original painting. No money, no gold, just art. As the Art Of Motorcycling.