Motorcycle Cannonball

Museum Founder Dale Walksler on his 1915 Harley Davidson in the first Motorcycle Cannonball event in 2010.

The 2021 Motorcycle Cannonball will be pit-stopping at Dale’s Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley Friday, Sept. 17.

The Motorcycle Cannonball is a biannual event that sees antique motorcycles and their riders compete in a multi-day, cross-country journey that tests the endurance of both man and machine. The Cannonball gets its name from Erwin “Cannonball” Baker, one of the early pioneers of the coast-to-coast run who made 126 coast-to-coast trips throughout his life.

According to the museum’s staff, this is a great opportunity for people of all ages to witness in person some of the oldest and interesting motorcycles actually being ridden across the country.

This year’s event began Sept. 9 in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, and will finish up almost 4,000 miles later Sept. 26 in South Padre Island, Texas. The Motorcycle Cannonball features 88 riders from all over the world piloting machines from 1930 and earlier.

While pit-stopped at the museum, the riders will display their machines and answer questions about their bikes and the journey so far.

The bikes are scheduled to arrive around 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, but people are encouraged to come earlier to check out all the other motorcycles and displays inside the museum, including an exhibit featuring previous Motorcycle Cannonball machines.

For more information, visit wheelsthroughtime.com. Scores and progress of the Motorcycle Cannonball riders is available at motorcyclecannonball.com.

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