by Bryan Harley
They’ve done it! After 16 days and 3294 miles in the saddle, riders participating in the Coast to Coast Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run for Pre-1916 Motorcycles pulled into the Santa Monica Pier this weekend after a grueling cross country race. Of the 45 vintage motorcycles that started the event in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 37 were still running at its end. Ten of those posted perfect scores of 3294 miles ridden within the allotted time frame. As miles wore on, metal fatigue began to take its toll and motor mounts, kick stands and fender tabs started breaking off, but the engines began running better than ever. This is a testament to the hard work of the support crews and the camaraderie between teams who helped out one another to keep the motorcycles running and in the competition.
Despite the fact that 10 riders finished the contest with perfect scores, Brad Wilmarth was declared the winner. His 1913 Excelsior was the oldest motorcycle with a perfect score, a fact that handed him the overall title. He also won Class II for twin- and four-cylinder, single-speed motorcycles. Wilmarth was awarded a painting by David Uhl entitled “Baker Cannon Ball” for his efforts... Read more