A Harley-Davidson JS ridden by Dean Bordigioni, a JE ridden by Mike Carson and J ridden by Scott Jacobs took fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
The rules of play for the Cannonball Run are fairly straightforward: The machine must have been built before 1937 and be largely based on the factory original. Modifications are allowed to carbs, for instance, but the basic carb has to be an original.
Riders are also encouraged to upgrade their brakes, since stopping was not a high priority for some of those early machines. Anything that adds to the safety of the ride is considered a good thing.
Rider and machine have to reach pre-determined checkpoints along the route. Those checkpoints are located at dealerships and museums and other venues of interest to motorcycling types.
And while there’s generally food and grog and activities for participants, many of them pass those rest-stop hours upside down with tools and grease in the garage prepping their machines for the next day’s run.
There’s an unfortunate side-note to this year’s Cannonball Run: a trailer of parts and four vintage bikes was stolen from a Tacoma hotel parking lot after the race ended. The trailer and machines were recovered, though some parts and motors are still missing. The dickwicks who did the stealing are still free.