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Locals take off for Motorcycle Cannonball

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014

Clint Funderburg, left, of Toledo stands next to his 1929 Indian Chief, Robb Priske, middle, of British Columbia, Canada is shown with his 1932 Harley-Davidson V, Rich Rau stands next to his 1936 Harley Davidson R and Joe Dobroe stands next to a 1940s model bike. Funderburg, Priske and Rau are riding in the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Race with their pre-1937 vintage motorcycles. Dobroe will follow along as their support team. The coast-to-coast motorcycle tour starts Sept. 5. (Photos by Abbie Tumbleson)

NEWPORT ó There has long been a connection between man and machine.

A few local guys know that connection well. For them, itís best experienced between man and motorcycle.

Rich Rau, the owner of RR Hawg Shop in Newport, Clint Funderburg of Toledo, and Robb Priske of British Columbia, Canada have taken that connection to the next level as they recently restored their vintage motorcycles for the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run.

The Motorcycle Cannonball is a coast-to-coast motorcycle tour spanning 4,150 miles from Daytona Beach, Fla., all the way to Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. If it sounds typical, think again. To participate in this motorcycle endurance race, riders must use pre-1937 motorcycles as their noble steeds.

For the complete article see the 08-27-2014 issue.

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