The Cannonball Endurance Run has already proven that antique motorcycles can be put to the ultimate test of being ridden coast to coast across the United States.
The 2014 edition will start September 5 from Daytona Beach, FL for a 2-week 4150 miles ride arriving September 21 in Tacoma, WA. And, as you can imagine, all riders and crew have worked very hard at preparing their pre-1937 machines.
Among the participants, Dottie Mattern who will turn 70 this year and one of only four female contestants in the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball, who just has taken delivery of her 1936 Indian Scout that she has owned since 1986. The bike was returned to like-new condition by a team of Antique Motorcycle Club of America members who are dedicated to seeing her successfully complete the Cannonball while raising money for charitable causes.
The team was headed by former Antique Motorcycle Foundation President Dennis Craig, who stripped the motorcycle to its last nut and bolt to conduct a complete rebuild. Craig states, “We went through every piece, and now the wheels and most of the internals and power train are all new. We kept the paint as it came to us except for touching up some of the front end where we had to straighten the forks.”
Mattern already trucked her Indian Scout to Asheville, North Carolina where she plans to ride about a thousand miles in the mountains to assure that it will be in top broken-in condition at the start of the Cannonball. Her ride is not just to prove she can do it. Mattern is a Colon Cancer survivor and will be using her Cannonball experience to raise funds for the Colon Cancer Alliance, Inc. and the Antique Motorcycle Foundation, Inc. All donations to Dottie’s ride will be divided 50/50 between the two non-profit charitable organizations. None of the donations will go to the cost of Dottie’s ride. These are coming out of Mattern’s pocket and from commercial sponsors. For more information about Dottie and the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Ride go to Dottie Ride.