Founder Lonnie Isam Jr.'s original vision for the Motorcycle Cannonball was to successfully traverse the country with a bunch of his friends along the back roads of America on antique motorcycles. That goal has never changed. Motorcycle Cannonball is a difficult and challenging endurance run that is supposed to be a rewarding ride that is all about man, machine and miles. Our mission statement is to pit man against machine, not man against man.
There are rules in place to keep everyone safe and ensure fair play and the governing body charged with that task is responsible for making tough decisions. In all cases, decisions are based on the covenants of those rules, which are issued to every competitor prior to the Grand Start and is reviewed during riders school prior to start. In addition, any changes to the rules are issued to participants.
I stand behind the decisions issued by the scoring crew. The scoring body deals with multiple infractions daily and the team deals with each on an individual basis and with the utmost integrity. As in all competitions, there are setbacks but the race does not end. The true spirit of the Cannonball will be at the heart of the Grand Finish tomorrow as we roll into Carlsbad, California with our heads held high for the accomplishments of each and every rider who took the green flag at Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Director of Operations