In 2010, a few fanatical antique motorcyclists made news riding their old bikes across the country in the Motorcycle Cannonball. We were lucky to have them stop overnight in Chattanooga after leaving Maggie Valley on their epic journey. Maybe they were lucky to stop here too, since as soon as the hospitality dinner was complete, one hundred classic iron horses rolled into our restoration shop for service at the SAME TIME. It really was a sight to behold. Continue reading
This past weekend, Corky and son-in-law Greg Cunningham signed up to compete in a rally in Rogers, Arkansas. Also on the trip from Chattanooga was Great Race Director, Jeff Stumb and his wife Karen. So they packed up the whole gang and drove 13 hours to spend a few days in Arkansas.
The Honest Charley Garage guys are getting my Honest ’54 Buick ready for the Hot Rod Power Tour. Coker Tire Company is the official host and Cruise Night sponsor for the stop in Muskegon, Michigan. The folks at Coker are really looking forward to it! And…I have a big treat for those who come to Muskegon. You see, I love Bluegrass Music. So…I have secured my buddy Audie Blaylock and Redline to come to Muskegon to put on a show. Check his music out on youtube! They are awesome! They are car guys too!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
4:00pm until 9:00pm
Honest Charley Speed Shop, 1309 Chestnut Street
Join us for a huge gathering of collector vehicles in downtown Chattanooga. Coker Tire and Honest Charley will provide an open house, and access to the Coker Tire Museum. Hundreds of hot rods, muscle cars and other vintage vehicles will cover the surrounding streets of Coker Tire. Live entertainment, great food and lots of fun will make this cruise in a blast!
…flock together. And that was exactly the case today, as the Mockingbird Run came through Chattanooga, Tennessee and stopped at Coker Tire Company. These guys and gals are dedicated Thunderbird enthusiasts, and they braved some hard rain to get here, and braved it again as soon as they pulled into the Coker compound. Perry Anthony puts this run together, and has a Thunderbird of his own!
I was pouring my coffee and looking out the window when I saw them pulling in. You’d have to be running pretty low on life not to get excited when 1940s Fords pulling teardrops show up. Continue reading
…but the true meaning of tough is straddling a Pre-1916 Motorcycle and riding coast to coast. That’s tough. It’s not easy, and at times, it’s not very much fun, but the Motorcycle Cannonball is a journey that will go down in the history books as one of the greatest motorcycle endurance runs of all time. Sure, motorcyclists have traveled farther, but when you realize how these machines operate, you quickly understand the challenge at hand.
These bikes simply weren’t made for this kind of abuse, and the amount of work that goes into each bike is unbelievable. Riders literally thrash all night to get ready for the next day’s trip, and battle the roads on the way to each destination. One such destination happened to be right here at Coker Tire, as we’re the only choice for authentic tires on Pre-1916 motorcycles. Lots of folks decided to run modern tires on their bikes, but we really take notice when riders keep the authenticity alive with era-correct rubber.
Lots of Harley Davidson and Indian motorcycles were in attendance, but many rare makes and models also competed in the run. Bikes such as Henderson, Pope and Excelsior were also part of the crowd. There was even an immaculately detailed Militaire, as well as a Flying Merkel in attendance. No matter the brand, each bike had seen its share of mechanical misfortune between the starting point in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and Coker Tire’s headquarters, here in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
As the riders rolled into Chattanooga, they were greeted by a huge group of fellow motorcyclists. The lobby and museum was open for visitation, and the restoration shop was used as a repair shop for the riders, after they were treated to a scrumptious dinner. The riders thrashed on the bikes well into the morning hours, and finally went to the Staybridge Suites just across the street to catch a few hours of sleep before it was time to do it all over again. Many of the bikes were still torn apart and in need of repair at 7am, but these guys weren’t ready to give up.
After the single cylinder, single speed bikes rolled away from Corkyville, it was time for the multi-cylinder bikes to hit the road. Good food, cold drinks and a bunch of the nicest (and most determined) riders you’ll ever meet made the Coker Tire stop a great time for all. There’s no doubt these guys and girls are tough, but the camaraderie between fellow riders is something to be admired. Whether it’s help on the side of the road, or pulling an all-nighter in the shop, these riders did what they could to help each other out, and the Honest Charley Garage staff was also available to lend a helping hand.
From here, the Motorcycle Cannonball heads to Huntsville, Alabama, and then further west toward the destination of Santa Monica, California. We wish them the best of luck on their journey and hope they do it again! Check our Facebook page for LOTS of additional photos!
We joined the power tour in Bowling Green, KY today. Ricky and the boys have have had our trailer with the whole trip (we cheated a little) and have been rocking tires and memorabilia. We rolled in and checked out all the cars, and let me tell you there were a bunch of them. We’re fired up about tomorrow’s early start and ride down into Chattanooga,TN. We’re convinced they’re going to find out it’s the coolest stop on the trip. Don’t miss us at the evening block party downtown at our headquarters wed.night!!! Great roads ahead!