Digital photography is a funny thing, it takes only seconds to snap hundreds of shots, then hours to edit and post them all. Back in the olden days of film photography you took time crafting each image, then sent the film off to the printer hoping for the best, it came back and the only thing left to do was put it in a photo album.
So, short story long, although I’m posting this with only photos of the Oakland Trials, I’ll be adding the Oakland MX and also the previous weekend’s Marymount Trials here soon.
As always, the MX photos will be searchable by your rider number.
Hope you have as much fun viewing these as I had taking them!
Art is off to the printers and we should have some sweet window dressing for local business ready to hand out in a few days. If you own a business and would like to advertise the event, email Judy LaPora at the ranch with your business name, address and phone number and she’ll be sure you get some.
As always, poster art can be used to promote and advertise this event only. You are welcome to download and print this art, but are not allowed to modify it or use it for anything other than promotion of the 2015 Steel Stampede.
Thought I’d give you a little insider view on the creation of this year’s poster art.
The new design is a continuation of last year’s art, which seemed to be a real fan favorite. Keeping the theme of 1950’s SciFi B-Movie poster, I start with a rough draft in the computer – cutting and pasting elements from rider photos I’ve taken at events over the years. Once the design is roughed in, it’s time for the fun part!
Using a print of the cut and paste image I just created in the computer and a copy of last year’s poster so I keep the styling similar, I start hand painting the main elements. I’ve never found a way to digitally create the same look and feel using photoshop, so for these throwback designs, I need to get out the old-fashioned paints and brushes. I paint on transparency paper that has the front surface roughed up to accept the initial pencil sketch and paint. The transparency allows me to easily cut away the background once these images are scanned into the computer, and also adds a bit more of a 3-dimensional look to the art. This particular design was done in two separate layers to create an even more 3-D look.
Once the paintings are complete, they’re scanned into the computer then incorporated into the complete design. I add other graphic elements that tie everything together and hopefully end up with a finished product that has some of the cool look and feel of those old movie posters of yesteryear.
The biggest change from last year’s rules is that no helmet may be more than 60 months old. This is based on the date of manufacture, not the date of purchase. So, even if you just bought a new helmet last fall, check the manufacture date!
FOUND!!!! Social media pulled through! Yes the 4-bikes have been found! There are now 4 very Happy Cannonballers who have their bikes back. (I personally spoke to Big Swede, one of the 4 and he was clearly ecstatic!) Thank you to everyone here and all over the internet who reposted and made this happen. There are surely tens of thousands of happy social media supporters, reposters, bloggers… that will be excited this worked. The trailer and 4-bikes were found in Seattle in an alley near the Old Rainier Brewery by a worker who recognized the trailer from a Facebook post. The whole lot was apparently ready to get shipped overseas. The truck was abandoned elsewhere.
NOTE: There are is still a missing 1928 Harley JD parts bike, bins of spare parts, tools and riding gear, so be vigilant and on the lookout. These can appear at swapmeets, Craigslist… just about anywhere.
Original Post from September 23rd below:
Please pass on this information to anyone you know in the Northwest. These bikes were part of the Motorcycle Cannonball Run and are a priceless part of our motorcycle heritage.
$20,000 REWARD! PLEASE HELP in the recovery of 4-Motorcycle Cannonball bikes, their support truck and trailer. They were stolen from the parking lot of the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington Monday night (Sept 22.). Keep your eyes out for any of the following.
Truck – dark grey 2001 Ford F250 with Motorcycle Cannonball logos on the front doors Texas License Plate #89LBC7
Trailer – 2007 Doolittle 16 foot enclosed grey trailer with 4 windows and a large Motorcycle Cannonball logo on the rear door Texas License Plate #41968M
A $20,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of the machines and support vehicle. If you see any of these machines, call 911 immediately.
If you have any information that may help, please contact any of the following –
Jon Neuman – 214-850-6910 – email@example.com
Buck Carson – 936-239-6615 – firstname.lastname@example.org
David Lloyd – 901-277-7710 – email@example.com
Mike Carson – 281-705-5634 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Please spread the word through your friends and to any networks of Motorcycle Shops and Motorcycle Groups like HOG. Repost this message and all the photos anywhere you can.