On Sunday September 25th after 3294 miles the riders crossed the finish line at the Santa Monica Pier. In case your still not aware of this awesome race we’ll give you a quick run down of what went on and how the “Canon Ball” was started.
Erwin G. “Cannon Ball” 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. It took him 14 days to get from one coast to another on an Indian Motorcycle in 1914.
Today in 2010 over 70 contestants on 1915 and earlier motorcycles rode straight for 14 days on these bikes from North Carolina to California. A few of our very own Garage-Girls were part of this event; Team Effie. piloted by Cris Sommer Simmons with a crew of Athena Ransom of Vagabond Choppers, Laura Klock of Klock Werks and Toast Boyd a member of the Motor Maids. These girls endured hour after hour of riding along the roads of America and helping not only maintain Effie, Cris’s bike but other riders as well. We are so proud of them all and excited about this amazing historic event. Remember life is all about getting out there and living it, so one day we can pass on our memories to others as we relive them in our mind. These girls will never forget this event along with all of the other participants. Congratulations to you all!~
Winner Class 1: Katrin Boehner On J.A.P. 1907 (Class of single cylinder, single speed bikes with belt drive or chain)
Winner Class 2: Bradford P. Wilmarth On Excelsior 1913 (Class of twins and four cylinders, single speed bikes with belt drive or chain)
Winner Class 3: Rick McMaken On Harley-Davidson 1915 (Class of single, twins and four cylinders with 2 or 3-speed transmissions)
Photo by Lisa Ballard; left to right Karen Davidson, Cris Sommer Simmons, Laura Klock, Athena Ransom, Toast Boyd.