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Motorcycle Cannonball changes direction for 2020 event


After a decade of coast-to-coast runs, the Motorcycle Cannonball will travel a sort-of north-to-south route for its 2020 10-year anniversary reunion event in 2020.

The 2020 route will begin in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, will go southeast to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, then on to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina before turning westward to finish on South Padre Island, Texas, organizers have announced.

The event is open to motorcycles manufactured in 1929 or earlier.

“Ten years ago, one man set out to become the first person to take a group of like-minded antique motorcycle riders across the United States on machines that were only often seen in museums and private collections,” motorcyclecannonball.com notes. “In 2010, Lonnie Isam Jr’s dream and bold sense of adventure took him and his friends from one ocean to the other, forever setting the standard of endurance for man and machine. 

“Since 2010, history has been made and continues to be made; machines are coming out of the woodwork, they are being ridden, they are being enjoyed, and they are being put to the Motorcycle Cannonball test…

“The next epic journey… the next ride… it will be nothing to take lightly. This next experience will be different from what we have done in the past. It will be again a test of true endurance. It will pit “Man vs. Machine” on some of the best two lane, back roads that our beautiful country has to offer!”

The event is staged every other year and is open to motorcycles at least 90 years old.

The 2020 event will include a 10-year anniversary reunion at Kitty Hawk.

AACA sets several 2019 tours

The Antique Automobile Club of America has announced some of its 2019 tours, including the Southeastern Division Tour, April 29-May 1 at Wilmington, North Carolina; the Founders Tour, June 2-7 at Seward, Nebraska; the Vintage Tour, August 4-9 at Kingston, Ontario, Canada; and the Glidden Tour, September 22-27 at Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Going to the Sun celebrates 15 years

The Going to the Sun Rally celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2019 with its annual sports car road rally scheduled for September 3-8. The rally begins and ends in Bozeman, Montana.

Participant information is available on the event website.

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1938 Chevrolet coupe, much like the one raced in 1948 by Juan Manuel Fangio, speeds across the playa | Bespoke Rallies photos
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Fangio’s son waves starter’s flag

Fangio’s son flags South American rally

Back in 1948, world racing champion Juan Manuel Fangio competed in the Grand Prix of South America. Seventy years later to the minute, his won, Oscar, flagged off the first car in a re-run of the road race.

The 10,000-kilometer rally was staged by Bespoke Rallies and ran over the course of a month from Buenos Aires to Cartagena and traveled through five countries. 

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The winning team

The winning vehicle was a 1929 Chrysler 75 driven by Andrew Davies and Paul Dilley. Runner-up was a 1972 Porsche 911 with a 1933 Lagonda M45 third and a 1938 Chevrolet coupe, a car much like the one Fangio had driven, finishing fourth.

Bespoke opens its 2019 season May 8-12 with The Pyrenees 1000.

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Bentley, Chevy coupe, Lagonda and Dodge Power Wagon teams celebrate the end of the rally

Car Guy tour of Italy set for October 6-12

“Fewer Days – Less Money” is the theme for the new Car Guy Tour Italy Mini being organized for 2019 by Frank Mandarano, which has been leading Car Guy visits to Italy for more than a quarter century.

New is the Mini tour, “catering to those who may be watching their finances and limited on the time they can spend away,” according to Mandarano’s announcement. 

“This new shorter version is less money but still ‘packed’ with excitement — visiting the main factorids, designers, museums, private collections and restoration shops in Milan and Modena.”

For details, visit the tour website.

Amelia Island Concours also sets visit to Italy

Hosts Bill and Jane Warner will lead a 9-day tour to Milan, Italy, from May 25-June 2, The Amelia has announced. 

Among the tour highlights are visits to the Ferrari museum, Lamborghini factory, Maserati museum and to Mario Righini’s private collection which includes Enzo Ferrari’s first car. There also will be sightseeing in Florence and travel to the Cote d’Azur and Monte Carlo.

For information, contact [email protected].

FIVA plans three world rallies for 2019

The Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens plans to stage a trio of its World Rally events in 2019, two for cars and one for motorcycles.

For vintage automobiles produced until 1980, the Austria Classic Rallye is scheduled May 22-26. From July 1-7, the World Rally Andorra is open to vehicles at least 30 years old.

For motorcycles, the FIVA World Motorcycle Rally Croatia is set for June 27-30.  

“While the three World Rallies that FIVA is holding in 2019 are enormously varied (not least in the number of wheels on the historic vehicles!), one thing they all have in common is spectacular scenery,” said FIVA president Patrick Rollet. “Austria, Croatia, Andorra… it’s hard to think of three more enticing European destinations for a few days of classic motoring, companionship and shared fun.”

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. Would like to know when you folks are going to be in Traverse City. That is where we live and would like to admire the motorcycles. Please let me know the schedule. Thank you


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