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2014 Riders Spotlight
Rider Spotlight: Corky Coker
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 08:33

Corky Coker, president of Coker Tire Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is Motorcycle Cannonball rider #88, a sponsor of the Cannonball, and will be hosting one of our scheduled stops during the run, which will include a trip through the Coker Tire Company Museum in Chattanooga.

 

Corky and his crew will be hosting the evening meal during Stage 4 of our coast-to-coast expedition this September and the riders will be able to view the collection of antique automobiles and motorcycles Coker has in his exhibit that date back to 1907.

 

 

With a constantly rotating stock of vintage survivors and restorations (there are 36 motorcycles to view at any one time), there’s always something exciting to see. Corky has personally ridden/driven every item in his inventory of classic machines and takes joy in being able to share his collection with the public, which is actually more like a giant toy box for the active businessman and his staff.

 

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Rider's Spotlight: Buzz Kanter
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 16:46

Buzz Kanter, Motorcycle Cannonball rider number 15, is among the most enthusiastic of our riders. He is an editor and publisher, blogger, author, rider, husband, and father of identical twins. And he is a member of the AMA Hall of Fame. As busy as he is, Buzz says he’s looking forward to two weeks on the road with the other riders who have chosen to rearrange their lives for an opportunity to make this historic journey. He’ll be riding a 1915 Harley-Davidson magneto, three-speed, which is his second motorcycle purchased for this ride. His journey to this point has been chronicled in both the Community Forum section of our website, as well as on his blog site at www.caimag.com. The “buzz” on Buzz follows:

I purchased this as a complete and running original paint motorcycle specifically for this event. Prior to this, the earliest running motorcycle I ever owned was a 1924 Harley JDCA, which I still ride occasionally. I have been riding progressively older motorcycles as I discover, and fall for, their charms and appeal. My 1915 Harley is the only complete and running pre-1916 motorcycle I have ever owned. I had purchased a mix-and-match 1914/1919 Harley for this event but found it difficult to get the parts I needed to prepare it properly for a coast-to-coast ride.

 

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Rider Spotlight: Jim Petty
Friday, 09 April 2010 11:23

My bike for the Motorcycle Cannonball is a 1915 Indian, C-3 Big Twin. I was very fortunate when I found it.  I wanted to ride the Cannonball but didn’t have a bike old enough. I wanted to ride an Indian and started looking for one and the next week the bike I’m going to ride came up on e-bay. It was like –“here is the bike you are looking for.” It was almost too good to be true.  Of course, the next task was to check it out and make sure it was all that the write up claimed it to be. Sure enough it was. I talked to Stephen Thielicke of Preston, Washington, who owned the bike for the past 20 years and rode it fairly regular in pre-16 events.  It was in good running condition – needed nothing and was very original. So all I had to do was win it at a price I was willing to pay. Needless to say, I won the bid. It’s a sweet bike.

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Rider Spotlight: Dale Walksler
Saturday, 03 April 2010 13:22

For most people, the first step in gearing up for the 2010 Motorcycle Cannonball ride was tracking down a suitable pre-1916 motorcycle for the cross-country trip. For Dale Walksler, it meant choosing from among several possible candidates he already had in stock.

 

You see, Walksler is no ordinary antique-bike enthusiast. As the founder and curator of the Wheels Through Time museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, the world’s premier collection of rare American vintage motorcycles, Walksler has more than 300 motorcycles under his care, including 35 made before 1916. So he was in the enviable position of being able to audition various machines as potential Cannonball mounts.

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Rider's Spotlight: Frank Westfall
Saturday, 20 March 2010 10:57

For most of the entrants, the 2010 Motorcycle Cannonball ride will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But for Frank Westfall of Syracuse, New York, it’ll be more like old times.

 

Twice in the past, Westfall competed in The Great Race, a cross-country competition for all types of motor vehicles over 45 years old. Riding a four-cylinder 1928 Henderson DeLuxe, Westfall was aboard one of the few motorcycles to go head to head against the cars that dominated the event. And for his second Great Race in 1998, he even tackled the 4,000-mile course with a passenger, Peg Barber.

 

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