THE SUNSHINE CHAPTER
"YO U M E E T T H E N I C E S T P E O P L E O N A N T I Q U E M O T O R C Y C L E S ”
Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run
Cannonball "Route 66"Once again the Cannonball is steeped with controversy and drama involving the lead bike. A challenge was issued regarding Doug Bordigioni’s Class I 1914 Harley Davidson that he received an unfair advantage by being towed by a Cannonball Road Official for over a 1-mile distance on Wolf Creek Pass. Dean's Post on Facebook
“…After pushing my motorcycle at least a couple of miles uphill on Wolf Creek Pass I was approached by a Cannonball road person with the invitation to be pulled to the top for the last half mile. I was told you can be pulled up to and just under one mile. At one mile you lose a point. I was fully exhausted and took the offer thinking it wouldn't hurt my position. There were at least three people associated with the Cannonball with me at the moment and all of them heard this information. I was not trying to cheat. That person obviously made an honest mistake and the organizers decided that even though I used the tow with good and honest intensions, I would be penalized. Obviously I am not happy after putting in the time, effort and money to compete in this thing, but it is their position alone to make this decision and I will have to honor it. I have been towed less than one mile and I wouldn't have been without given this reassurance that it wouldn't have cost me points. I've have pushed my motorcycle somewhere around 6.5 miles, all of it uphill and I have given the Cannonball my best. I promised I would and I'm ok with that. The awarded winner of this event should not be criticized as it is not their fault. Mostly I feel for my team and especially Chrystiano Miranda, who has worked as hard as I have. Everyone ride well and be safe. I am going to ride my little bike to San Diego, load my trailer and go home where I should have been the past two weeks. I miss my kids and I'm done with the Cannonball. I wish you all well.“ ... Dean BordigioniMany motorcycles receiving tows up the steep hills of Western Maryland and West Virginia with no penalties assessed. It was generally thought that a rider’s bike may be towed up to 1-mile without assessment of points deductions. Upon review of the rules, it stated that the motorcycle must be under its own power at all times. The Cannonball Officials determined that Dean's motorcycle was not under "it's own power." Therefore Cannonball Officials assessed a one (1) point deduction for the tow. The resulting lost point has knocked Dean’s Class 1 1914 "belt-driven" Harley Davidson from 1st Place to 19th Place. An obvious question could asked was Dean actually under full power, sitting on the motorcycle with the engine running on the throttle during the "Tow" up Wolf Creek Pass. If this is a fact then it could argued that the motorcycle was in fact under its own power. The fact that he was receiving assistant is allowed in the rules as long as it does not come from Support Team, family or friends. In this case the assistance (tow) came from a Cannonball Official. It is obvious that there was no intent on Dean's part to cheat. It was an error that involved a Cannonball Staffer who thought he was doing something good. At first, it was thought that a disappointed Dean had quit the Cannonball and was heading home but at the end of the day; Dean finished the Stage 13 Run. Dean says, “he’s just riding his bike now.” Dean plans to continue in the Cannonball to the finish. The 2nd Place Class 2 Frank Westfall 1912 Henderson has been elevated to 1st Place. In respect to the Cannonball organization, Dean has posted a request on Motorcycle Cannonball Facebook:
Without reading any of it I've heard that a couple of very good people with the Cannonball have been getting beat up on social media. So, let me get this straight. Joe Sparrow was just trying to help me, period. He was misinformed, but he did nothing wrong and I have nothing but respect for him. Jason Sims has run an excellent event and was put in a tough position. The Motorcycle Cannonball is one of the best things I've ever participated in. So this thing ends here please. I'm the one who has to live this and I will. ... Dean Bordigioni
An official statement was posted on the Motorcycle Cannonball website giving the explanation that everyone was wanted. Although unsigned, the statement does give a description and explanation of the reasoning behind the decision to assess the deduction. The complete statement can be read at Motorcycle Cannonball.
...Integrity is what has come into question regarding the first place position held early on by California rider #13. Dean Bordigioni, the Class l rider on a 1914 H-D Single who captured the hearts of fans who’ve followed the daily accomplishments of the undersized engine, has lost his perfect score by just one point due to a simple misunderstanding of the rules. The penalty thereby eliminated his chance at winning the Cannonball after officials assessed him one penalty point for the assistance he received from Cannonball staff in getting over the top of 10,857-foot Wolf Creek Pass. Dean’s Harley-Davidson made it to within a half-mile of the top before being towed the last several hundred yards by a staff motorcycle. At the time, that short tow was believed allowable according to the Cannonball rules, but upon further review officials determined that the regulations sent to every team required a penalty for the assistance. Rule verbiage states that a motorcycle must be under its own power at all times, which, technically, it wasn’t. The misunderstanding stems from information provided to Dean that if the tow were less than 1 mile, it would not count against his score. The distance was carefully measured out before it was determined to be well within the believed rule limit requirement and the decision was made to tow the last few feet to the top of the pass. Both men thought they were following the letter of the regulations. As it turns out, ignorance of the law is not an excuse and Dean was penalized...
...Motorcycle Cannonball Unsigned
The general feelings among Cannonball participants are supportive of Dean as his Class 1 "Belt Driven" Harley Davidson was a crowd favorite to win. It’s a shame that for the 3rd time the Cannonball has a controversy near the end. Understanding that these Cannonball’ers have invested a large amount of money, time and passion in building their bikes lends itself to the competitive nature of the Cannonball. However the situation turns out, Dean has done a "HELL of a job" in competing in this Cannonball Run.
With all this being said, I have say,...
...it's been great watching and reporting the progress of these fantastic motorcyclists. Jason Sims, Events Director has put together a great rolling show across the USA. As in any organization there will be drama but let that not subtract from the monumental achievement these Cannonball'ers have accomplished. The Cannonball Run is about the riders and their bikes. It is not an easy task to ride a 100+ year old bike 3300 miles. Congratulations to the Riders, Support Teams and families who have sacrificed time, money and effort in completing this Cannonball. Always in support of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America
Cannonball'er enjoying the end of the day in Lake Havasu
A large crowd turns out to greet the Cannonball'ers in Lake Havasu.
With the Class 1 motorcycle out of the lead, the Cannonball looks to be ruled by the Henderson Fours. With only two legs left in the Cannonball it is likely a foregone conclusion that the Henderson will be the dominant motorcycle.
Frank Westfall riding a 1912 Class II Henderson is riding a great Cannonball followed by Byrne Bramwell, 1913 Class II Henderson and Jeff Tierman's 1913 Class II Henderson.
- Henderson are strong placing top 3 positions and 5 total positions in the Top Twenty.
- Harley Davidson is showing a strong presence placing 11 positions in the Top Twenty.
- Indians have placed 4 in the Top Twenty.
Cannonball'er Jeff Lauritsen riding #22 1916 Excelsior was involved in a crash today along the route to Lake Havasu. Witnesses report that a 4x4 ran into Jeff's Excelsior crushing the front-end. Police conducted an investigation while Jeff was taken to the hospital to be examined. Reports indicate Jeff has suffered minor injuries and will be released and allowed to return to the Cannonball. Motorcycles can be fixed and we are glad to hear Jeff is doing well.
Jeff Lauritsen was involved in a accident this afternoon just miles from our final destination of Lake Havasu City. He was hit by a vehicle that failed to yield at an intersection. He was transported to the hospital for precaution and has since been released. We are happy and relieved that he is OK. ...Jason Sims
53rd Place #22 Class III 1916 Excelsior Lauritsen & Hernendez
"Chopper" Dave showing off his fashion.
Cannonball'er at the "Ready" waiting to start the next Stage
Representing the Antique Motorcycle Club of America
Sailing with fair winds on following seas... Captain Blood
Travels with Captain Blood & AIRHEAD "Betty"
The Supporting Cast of Characters