The Transcontinental Motorcycle Cannonball Century Race


Lonnie Isam, Jr., owner of Jurassic Racing in Sturgis, South Dakota, and founder of the Motorcycle Cannonball Run, announced that the historic transcontinental event scheduled for 17 days in September has its roster full and the route is set. Though held on U.S. soil, the 2016 iteration is a worldwide event.


According to Jason Sims, Director of Operations for this historic run, the endurance ride for century old, pre-1916 antique motorcycles will get underway in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday, September 10 and will include riders from across the globe with 95 entries from 25 states, 9 countries and 4 continents.  This extraordinary event will be watched by the world as motorcycles of all makes tackle an arduous coast-to-coast route across America. The entire route will include less than 100 miles of interstate roadways.  After a total of some 3,304 miles, the ride is slated to conclude on Sunday, September 25 in Carlsbad, California.

During the Race of the Century, participants will ride vintage pre-1916 motorcycles such as Henderson, Indian, Triumph, Harley-Davidson, JAP, Excelsior, BSA, Thor and others. According to Isam, the event is a timed test of both the rider’s endurance and the roadworthiness of their respective machines as they navigate America’s back roads through some of the most scenic areas of the country.

“This route is going to be a challenge, and the bikes from this generation really don’t get ridden that much so there will still be some rebuilding going on along the run,” Isam shared. “We’ll cover some of the best riding areas in the country. It’s going to be a difficult trip. We’ll have long days and tough terrain, I suspect that even the most seasoned rider will find this run challenging.”

The Race of the Century riders and crew will make an overnight stop in Cape Girardeau on Wednesday, September 14 and are scheduled to arrive around 3:30 p.m., with a welcome party planned throughout the evening.

Danny Essner, leader of the local event planning committee, says “We encourage everyone to bring their families downtown to meet the Cannonball riders and check out the Cannonball bikes along with a large number of local cars and bikes that will be on display – all while listening to oldies music playing in the background. This promises to be another awesome downtown event that you won’t want to miss.”

Information about local festivities can be found at  Complete information about the Motorcycle Cannonball Run in it’s entirety, including route details and some rider profiles, is available  

The Race of the Century is presented locally by these generous sponsors:  Grass Roots BMW, Lawless Harley-Davidson, Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, Rhodes 101 Convenience Stores, the Downtown Cape Girardeau CID, Charter Communications and Port Cape.

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