After 3294 miles on the road on pre-1916 motorcycles there are no written words to express the joy and pride of all the participants who arrived on the Santa Monica Pier this Sunday at 1 pm. A huge digital ovation from me and from all my readers.
Let’s not forget those that I know by name who made this wonderful event possible, especially its creator Lonnie Isam Jr., John Classen who plotted out the 16-stage route, all the supporting crews for their dedication and expertise, Felicia Morgan for keeping us updated, all the sponsors who welcomed riders at stage arrival and all unknown spectators who lent a hand to help participants fix their bikes and get back on the road. And the winners are:
Overall Winner: Brad Wilmarth On Excelsior 1913. Perfect Score: All Miles Ridden with Oldest year Motorcycle Versus 2nd With Perfect Score.
Winner Class 1: Katrin Boehner On J.A.P. 1907 (Class of single cylinder, single speed bikes with belt drive or chain) : Received Cannonball Bronze created by Jeff Decker.
Winner Class 2: Bradford P. Wilmarth On Excelsior 1913 (Class of twins and four cylinders, single speed bikes with belt drive or chain) : Received painting “Baker Cannon Ball” by David Uhl (bottom picture)
Winner Class 3: Rick McMaken On Harley-Davidson 1915 (Class of single, twins and four cylinders with 2 or 3-speed transmissions) : Received painting “Winner’ Table” by David Uhl (top picture)
During the event you asked me over and over if there will be a new edition of the Cannonball Endurance Run in 2011. For now, no answer from the organizers. I end this post by reminding everybody who was Erwin G. “Cannon Ball” Baker. Baker started to race motorcycles in 1908. He was famous for making 143 motorcycle rides across the United States totaling about 5,500,000 miles (8,850,000 km), starting way back in 1914. That trip was on an Indian motorcycle and took a whopping 14 days. He was a legendary racer (cars & motorcycles and would later become the first commissioner of NASCAR and is an inductee in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame since 1998. He died of a heart attack in 1960 in Indianapolis.
All Cannonball arrival pictures for Cyril Huze Blog copyright Michael Lichter.
Motorcycle Cannonball class 1 first place finisher Katrin Boehner of Germany crosses the finish line on her 1907 JAP Motorcycle.
Jim Petty crosses the finish line on his1915 Indian followed by Cristine Sommer-Simmons on her 1915 Harley-Davidson
Final Ranking & Standings At Arrival In Santa Monica Below Pictures.