The Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run, a coast-to-coast ride featuring pre-1936 motorcycles, will make a stop in the Scenic City Sept. 7 at 5 p.m.
The event begins in Daytona Beach, Florida, today and will wrap up in Tacoma, Washington, Sept. 21.
Because of the age of the bikes, participants keep to small back roads and out of harm’s way. Pre-1936 motorcycles are not capable of achieving the speeds necessary to keep up with traffic on an interstate.
Coker Tire, located at 1317 Chestnut St., is the only supplier of antique motorcycle tires, and so the more than 100 Motorcycle Cannonball riders will swing through Chattanooga Sunday evening to visit and tour the facility. If tires blow out or wear out during the 4,000-mile cross-country trek, it is Coker that will provide participants with new ones.
Viewing the motorcycles and watching their riders prepare them for the next day’s journey will be free for the public. The convoy will leave the Scenic City Monday morning and continue westward.
Motorcycles have been around for over 100 years. Although today’s bikes are faster and safer, old-time motorcycle enthusiasts enjoy restoring the older bikes to their former glory. While some collectors keep their bikes in pristine condition and on display, others, like those who participate in the Motorcycle Cannonball, enjoy showing off their pieces of history in riding events.
Fort Street will be closed between West 13th Street and West 14th Street from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday for the Motorcycle Cannonball, according to the Chattanooga Transportation Department.
Updated @ 4:26 p.m. on 9/5/14 to add more information.