Photo: Thunder Press/Felicia Morgan
On Friday, we told you the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball was kicking off in Daytona. Now, a few days later, we have some updates.
The Cannonball’s official website is perhaps the best spot to go for daily updates and photos. According to their standings sheet, 61 riders are currently sitting at 614 points (for 614 miles ridden). Of course, technical problems and other setbacks have hindered contestants even at this early stage, and 40 bikes are now lagging the leaders due to penalty points or lack of miles ridden.
Paul d’Orléans of The Vintagent is on the Cannonball again this year, piloting a Brough Superior 11-50 borrowd from Sinless Cycles. He has a great update on his blog here, with plenty of photos. He’s currently sitting at 514 points, thanks to a 100-point penalty.
Other names readers might recognize include Patrick Simmons of the Doobie Brothers (1929 Harley-Davidson, 572 points thanks to 42-point penalty) motorcycle mag publisher Buzz Kanter (1936 Harley-Davidson; 592 points, thanks to a 22-point penalty) and adventure rider Doug Wothke (1929 Harley-Davidson; 324 points after a 50-point penalty).
Canadian contestants Byrne Bramwell (1920 Henderson), Scott Blaylock (1928 BMW) and Robb Priske (1932 Harley-Davidson) are all tied at 614 points.
Cyril Huze also has plenty of great shots at his blog here. There’s also a copy of the tour’s schedule at the end of the story.
Motorcycle nomad Bean’re is also reporting on this year’s ride; here’s a video with some of the contestants below. There are also rumours of an unofficial documentary filming crew following the event this year, so we may see an unsanctioned documentary after this year’s event.