58 Motorcycle Cannonball Riders on Pre-1916 Bikes

Oct 19, 2005
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58 Motorcycle Cannonball Riders on Pre-1916 Bikes Will Stop Over in Hot Springs on Coast-to-Coast Endurance Run September 16 - 18
Cannonball Final details are coming together for 58 riders of antique pre-1916 motorcycles to stop in Hot Springs September 16 – 18 as part of one of the most unique motorcycle events in the world — the Motorcycle Cannonball 2010.

The Motorcycle Cannonball will take the 58 riders all the way across America, starting at Kitty Hawk, N.C., and ending two weeks later in Santa Monica, Calif.

Participating motorcycles must be pre-1916 vintage classic machines.

Hot Springs will host the riders and their amazing bikes for two nights and one day — September 16 – 18, according to Steve Arrison, CEO of the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The first bikes will begin arriving in Hot Springs on September 16 at 4 p.m., Arrison said. The final group of riders will arrive around 4:55 p.m.

“The riders will come into the city on Malvern Avenue,” he said, “then take a right on Convention Boulevard, then a right on Laurel Street, which runs between the Embassy Suites hotel and the Summit Arena.”

“We are asking Hot Springs residents to welcome this incredible event to our city by lining both sides of Laurel Street, where we will have an informal ‘finish line,’” Arrison said. “These classic antique motorcycles then will be parked on Church Street behind the Convention Center where they will be on public display until 6 p.m.”

Arrison said security will be provided for the motorcycles overnight.

Some of the riders are very interesting people, he said. Their names and biographies are available at the www.motorcyclecannonball.com website. Cris Sommer-Simmons, one of two female competitors, is married to Pat Simmons, one of the Doobie Brothers. Arkansan John Hollansworth of Hot Springs Village will ride his 1914 Indian in the Cannonball.

“Hot Springs is the only day off for the riders during the entire Cannonball,” Arrison said. “They will rest here on September 17 and then resume their journey on the 18th. This is a great event for Hot Springs.”

“The annual HOG Rallies and the Hot Springs Rallies have drawn thousands of riders and their families to Hot Springs over the years,” Arrison said. “But we haven’t seen this many priceless vintage bikes in one place.”

“This amazing family-friendly event should cement Hot Springs’ reputation as the most friendly place in America for bikers to meet and have fun,” said Charles Moore, chairman of the Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission.

Mike Thomson, president of the Diamond Chapter (Arkansas) of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, said, “The potential for our state and our city and our club is mind-boggling.”

The Motorcycle Cannonball route will cover 3,325 miles starting September 10 when the riders dip their wheels in the Atlantic Ocean at Kitty Hawk, N.C. It will conclude September 26 when the finishers dip the wheels of their bikes in the Pacific at Santa Monica, Calif.

The Motorcycle Cannonball will include pre-1916 motorcycles made by Pope, Sears, Flying Merkel, Excelsior, Henderson, Indian, Triumph, and the Harley-Davidson’s Silent Grey Fellows.

For more information contact Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027.
Aug 6, 2005
Now if that ain't a rich boy's vacation. Can't even imagine the fun. I've always though the moto giro in Italy would be the ultimate fun