In 2010, you loved to follow in my website the brave riders of the Cannonball Endurance Run who proved that antique motorcycles could be put again to the test of crossing the country from east to west coast. This year, only motorcycles built in 1929 or earlier can compete and of course must be powered by an original engine. Collectors from around the world are currently restoring their machines, ready to prove again their capabilities on long distance runs like they did almost one century ago.
This year, the 2012 edition of the Cannonball will start September 7 from Newburgh, New York, home of the newly opened Motorcyclepedia museum and finish two weeks later September 23 in San Francisco after about a 3800-mile ride. Most days will be 300 miles or shorter with riders traveling at an average speed of 50 mph for a total of 8 hours per day on the road, including a 45 minutes lunch break and three 15 minutes refueling stops. On some days, time will also be given for viewing scenic and historic sites. Stay tuned for more info about this ride into history celebrating the pioneering spirit the USA was built upon.