Friday, August 24, 2012

Sick as a dog, but the show must go on

Definitely the coolest thing I've seen in a long, long time!
  It's been quite an eventful week. The interview on Fox 26 has sparked a lot of interest in the race, and I've gotten a ton of messages from well wishers out there. All of the support is a bit overwhelming, and completely appreciated. Sometimes in the midst of wrenching on the bike, or readying the trailer, I ask myself "Why is it that we're doing this again?" However, one quick look in my inbox answers that question. My original goal was to create more interest in vintage motorcycles, and this has already been achieved. Thanks to some great publicity, our team has really gained a good hold in the spotlight.
Absolutely cool--running in style
  I've been incredibly busy over the last two weeks. It's kind of like the last minute mad dash around here. With my dad traveling all around the country with his work, most of the prep has been left up to me. Previously I had mentioned that my to-do list has shrunk greatly. Here's an idea of what I started with---15 pages, all sectioned up into "BSA, Truck, Trailer, Purchases, Misc" categories. Happy to say that all together, I'm about down to half a page. Whew. Talk about a ton of work. With several major tasks left to do, my body decided to go ahead and allow a summer cold/flu to rear its ugly head. As I sit here writing this, I feel like death warmed over. It's been a liquid diet today. Doctors appointment this afternoon--come on, I've got too much to do and not enough time to do it!!  Sick or not, I'll be working in the shop and trailer today and this weekend. I suppose I should begin packing one of these days....

  Anyway, this week also had another wonderful highlight--thanks to my local graphics company, the race trailer is glistening with new graphics. It really was a great feeling for me to see my computer design come to life. Clarence Russo and the team down at Signs and Printing in Livingston did an absolutely amazing job, and literally dropped everything else they were working on to make my trailer a priority. In addition to doing the trailer graphics, Clarence also printed up two magnetic signs for me, that I can stick on the truck doors. Another one of our supporters has sent the same door logo design to a printing company, and we will shortly have 300 decals made up. Great stuff.

Oh, I should probably mention the other exterior addition to the truck. Remember, the Motorcycle Cannonball has entrants from all around the world- 15 countries and 4 continents represented. Being from Texas we have to represent the Lone Star State in a big way, right? That being said, one thing that immediately comes to mind when people think of Texas is our longhorn cattle. So we found a shop in West Texas that deals in taxidermy--specifically Longhorns. Gracing the front of our Dodge Ram will be a 6 foot long set of real Texas steer horns. Obnoxious...? Possibly. Over the top...? Undoubtedly. One thing is for sure though--the Cannonball doesn't know what kind of shenanigans are coming its way with us Texans involved.

  6 days left, and we're rolling for the East Coast. Time to head over to the shop and get some more things accomplished. I'll put a more detailed post up tonight or tomorrow.


Buck Carson
Confirmed Cannonballer #3
Carson Classic Motors Race Team 


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