The Scooter Cannonball is a competitive, multiday, point-to-point touring rally for street-legal vintage and modern scooters. It's not a race. It's a test of endurance and navigational skills, where checkpoints are documented and points are awarded based on miles completed and the ability to maintain the standard pace.
The Scooter Cannonball is held every two years, taking place over eight to 12 days, beginning on the eastern or western coast of the United States and ending on the opposite coast. The starting and finish line locations change with each run of the event. Since 2010, the direction of travel between the west and east coasts has alternated. The event usually takes place in June or July but has been held as early as May and as late as September. There is no monetary cash prize or reward for finishers of the event.
The event’s name, “Scooter Cannonball,” pays homage to Erwin George “Cannon Ball” Baker who completed 143 cross-country, motorcycle speed runs between 1910 and 1930. Baker was also the inspiration for two automobile races: The Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash and the Cannonball Run Challenge.