|This seems to have become a perpetual pose for me |
throughout the race...hammer down at 40 miles per hour
Now that the great endurance race of 2012 is in the books, Cannonball riders and teams have gotten a chance to sit back and unwind from the event a little. Most teams, mine included, spent the greater part of a year to prepare themselves, their machines, and their teams for a 17 day adventure across this great country, so having some downtime takes some getting used to. With almost two months passing since the Grand Finale in San Francisco, we have all turned our eyes and ears to the rest of the motorcycle world to take in the firestorm of publicity surrounding the event.
|Hanging out in the Black Hills while my overheated motor ticked and |
cooled...ever the gentlemen, Michael Lichter and Dave Przygocki gave
me a helpful shove to get her started again
A major part of the publicity around the Motorcycle Cannonball relies heavily on photos and videos, as many people probably wouldn't believe that a group of 70 Pre-1930 motorcycles would be capable of crossing a continent by simply reading an article. Luckily our group was fortunate enough to contain some of the most talented photographers and filmographers in the motorcycling world, who have now graciously begun to share their artwork with the world. It is my plan to compile as many of these beautiful photos and videos as possible, to share with my viewers here. So with that being said, be patient, and please keep checking back for more. As of now, two of the photographers have posted most or all of their Cannonball collections online.
|Making new friends in Spirit Lake, Iowa with some fellows who |
wanted to know "why in the hell anyone would do this."
Michael Lichter, who is well known throughout the motorcycle world for his beautiful work over the decades, was wrangled in by Lonnie Isam, Jr. to be the official event photographer. Michael has worked as one of the principal photographers for Harley Davidson for years and can be found at many of the legendary biker rallies and events here in the United States. What made his photos unique for this event is the platfom from which they were taken; most of his road-going shots were captured as he rode as a backwards-facing passenger on a 2012 Victory piloted by Dave Przygocki. While 19 entrants completed the full 3,956 miles, we riders joked that Michael compiled a -3,956 miles....trophy-worthy for sure. Posted here are a few of the wonderful shots taken by Michael, but for the full collection of more than 2,000 photos check out his website at www.lichterphoto.com
|Fueling up with my pal Mike Wild outside of Graettinger, Iowa, where |
the town closed up to provide us a welcoming paty
|A smoky start in Mountain Home, Idaho with my dad giving me the "thumbs up"|
|A 21st birthday I'll never forget...my gift- a one dollar bill ripped|
in half by my dad..."You get one half now, and the other when
you get to San Francisco"
|Checking out the beautiful countryside in Badlands National Park|
|Waiting for our police escort to dinner in Sheridan,|
Wyoming...I figured I should fog for mosquitoes
while we waited.
|And now for your greasy, oily close up...|
Cannonball Rider #3
Carson Classic Motors Racing Team