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#62 Jim Lodato

Hamilton, NJ

1928 Harley-Davidson JD

Team Unfinished Business

In 2016 I had the opportunity to witness the start of the cannonball in Atlantic City.

I was there to see Mike Gontesky #19. He rode my 1928 JD in 2014.
I was bitten by the bug! I knew I had to try this and hoped they would allow a 90 year old bike in the next cannonball. In 2018 I was one of the lucky riders and now I have entered for 2021.
I owe this to my friend Mikey #19. He was at a Christmas party in 2012. I did not know Mike then. My brother Bill was there and overheard a conversation that Mike was looking for a bike to enter the cannonball race. Bill did not know Mike either but told him I had a project bike that was nowhere near completion. Mike offered to finish the project and use it in the race and return it to me in running condition which he did. Needless to say we have been friends ever since.
Mike has retired his #19. I will miss riding with him.
I will be 72 years young in 2021