Harley-Davidson Artist Scott Jacobs To Run The 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run

Officially-licensed artist Scott Jacobs will be participating to the 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Race on his fully-restored 1926 Harley-Davidson J. He will join over 70 other riders of pre-1930 motorcycles from 22 states and 10 foreign countries to Attempt the 3956-Mile run that begins in Newburgh, NY on Friday, September 7, 2012 and finishes in San Francisco 17 days later.

Jacobs, who starred with his daughter Alexis in the season two premiere of ABC Television’s “Secret Millionaire” in June, attended the Motorcycle Cannonball as a spectator two years ago and was bitten by the bug to race. Antique motorcycle specialist and former Cannonballer Steve Huntzinger restored Jacobs’ 1926 Harley complete with matching helmet, and famed Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City, South Dakota will sponsor Jacobs’ participation.

“To be a part of this ‘rolling museum’ of classic motorcycles on a trek that started almost a century ago is really amazing,” said Jacobs. “This is a test of the endurance of both machine and human body.” Scott’s wife will ride her Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Sportster and carry a GoPro® camera to document the ride, and their two daughters will join the ride on their motorcycles at Stage 7 in Sturgis, SD. Copies of his acclaimed coffee table book “The Art of Scott Jacobs – The Complete Works” will be available at each stop of the race, and proceeds will be donated to charity.

The Motorcycle Cannonball 2012 is a motorcycle endurance run with competition based on precision riding and navigational skills on classic motorcycles. The pre-determined 3950-mile route, which kicks off at the Motorcyclepedia Museum, takes riders through a dozen scenic national parks and forests. Highlights include riding along the coast of Lake Erie, through the plains, the Badlands and the Rockies and finishing on 100 miles of the Pacific Coast Highway across the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco. The 16 stages range from 93 to 326 miles, and less than 100 miles of the trip will be on interstates. Plans call for four stops at motorcycle museums, including hosted receptions, several hosted lunch stops at Harley-Davidson dealers, and a few city-hosted events. Motorcycles will be on display at each stop, and the public is encouraged to take photos and meet the riders.

22 Responses to “Harley-Davidson Artist Scott Jacobs To Run The 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run”

  1. 1 chopmonster66 Aug 23rd, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Good luck Scott ,I have got to find me a bike to do this run with.Have had the bug for a few years now. Be safe and ride hard….

  2. 2 Rodent Aug 23rd, 2012 at 9:39 am

    It’s ashamed to turn a historic ride into a book sales tour.

  3. 3 Freedomlaw Aug 24th, 2012 at 7:22 am

    In Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, the protagonist talks about seeing the world without the frame of the car…being part of the scenery instead of witness to the scenery. To me, this is just an artist who is so engaged with the subject matter of his art that he wishes to fully participate. I say rock on. Welcome and all the best!!!

  4. 4 Cris Sommer Simmons Aug 24th, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Scott and his family are awesome people who love motorcycles. I am proud of him to take on the Cannonball challenge. It’s no easy feat, but quite rewarding in the comradarie and “all for one” spirit. I wish Scott and all the other riders a safe and fun journey. See you guys in Mikwaukee and at the end in San Francisco!

    Cannonball 2010 finisher

  5. 5 Rodent Aug 24th, 2012 at 10:51 am

    The route is misleading. According to their website the route goes down US 101 to the Golden Gate Bridge. The coast route would be CA 1 Leggett to the Golden Gate Bridge. The PCH is CA 1 in Southern California, not Nor Cal.
    The end of the ride is not in some historic place in San Francisco like the first run was at the Santa Monica Pier but in the industrial slums of South San Francisco.

  6. 6 Cris Sommer Simmons Aug 24th, 2012 at 11:38 am


    Are you turning into a crabby old man? I should know I’m married to one! 🙂

    The end of the ride is at Dudley Perkins HD, which happens to be in South San Francisco. It’s a beautiful shop, with plenty of parking for all the bikes and support teams. Not sure where else they could have had the big celebration like in Santa Monica.

  7. 7 Rodent Aug 24th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    It may well be a beuitiful shop just like so many other Harley shops, but South City is a dump and Perkins use to have the greatest shop in the world that would be the dump on Page St. But it was great! location , location, location. One block over from Haight!
    And thanks for the compliment, yes I’m turning into a curmudgeon after all these years, regards to Pat!

  8. 8 Pat Simmons Aug 25th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Both Scott, and Rodent are dear friends of mine. Love to hear Rodent go off. Our conscience in the motorcycle industry/hobby.Go baby!! Scott is a fantastic person, who is making an effort to personalize all the books he’s already sold, and allow others the pleasure of aqiuiring his wonderful book, which details the works of this visionary artist. This certainly ain’t a career move for him. He’s just trying to make himself available to his many fans, and collectors, who love his work. Good luck to you brother Scott! Your dedication to the sport is an inspiration to the rest of us! We bikers are used to the industrial back alleys of America. This is where the hands on builders, fabricators, and the creative occupation of motorcycling has always flourished. Dudley Perkins is a destination for all of us who grew up in the Bay Area. It doesn’t have to be in some stylish location for us to appreciate the history of this incredible family, who is going out of their way to make us all feel welcome. The participants in this particular event will love the historical displays inside the shop. What a fitting place to stage the finale of this historic run.

  9. 9 roncop Aug 27th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    “Book sales tour?” I think someone missed the part “and proceeds will be donated to charity”. Let’s give credit where credit is due and not so quick to judge.

  10. 10 DGBG100106 Aug 27th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Have fun Scott! Wishing you the best of luck on the ride. Sounds like a lot of fun.

  11. 11 Mack Adams Aug 27th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    The Cannonball sounds like a blast Scott, especially on an antique bike. Ride carefully and be safe, and we’ll be rooting for you. May God bless and keep you and the rest of your family!

  12. 12 Panhandler Aug 27th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Good luck to my friends Scott and Sharon. Enjoy the ride.

  13. 13 Peter Pierce Aug 27th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Ride on Scott! Will see you in Oregon. To all of the riders a hardy carry on! and Be Safe!

  14. 14 Navy Dick Aug 27th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Good Luck my friend, What a GREAT family outing. Building Memories.

  15. 15 Clyde Fessler Aug 28th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    GO Scott, I am looking forward to greeting you in Sturgis for the run layover.
    This ride will create memories, that somehow, may make it to your canvas.

  16. 16 Okie Rider Aug 28th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Good job Scott, miss riding with you and the Hammies! Wish you were riding through OKC! SM
    (PS: Rodent…you need an attitude adjustment dude…most negative person I’ve heard in a long time!)

  17. 17 Rodent Aug 28th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Okie Rider
    Wasamatter? Can’t take the truth.

  18. 18 Renaissance Man Aug 28th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Congrats on the commitment to make the run Scott. You and your family are going to have a great bonding ride and experience. I am envious! I didn’t get a chance to see you guys this year in Sturgis, but may see you on your way through the area. Hi Sharon… and Ron C. :>) , and good job on all of the charity work you always do.

  19. 19 Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Good luck Scott, bike looks fantastic.

  20. 20 Aug 29th, 2012 at 9:55 am

    See you at Dudly’s

  21. 21 roncop Aug 29th, 2012 at 11:08 am


  22. 22 Phil Strissel Sep 2nd, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Scott is living the dream! Best of luck and stay safe!!!

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