April 21, 2012: In September 2010 there was a coast-to-coast motorcycle endurance run from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina to Santa Monica, California. This run was called the Cannonball and ALL motorcycles had to pre-date 1916. One of the participants was Jim Petty of South Carolina riding his 1915 Indian.
Jim Petty came to Morgantown, West Virginia in July 2011 for the MountainFest 2011 Vintage Motorcycle Show, exhibiting his 1915 Indian ridden in the 2010 Cannonball and the 1927 Indian Chief he was going to ride in the 2012 Cannonball (all motorcycles must have been manufactured between 1917 and 1929). Last night, he arrived at Gillum House to pick up the painting of his 1927 Indian Chief.
After an evening of conversation with artist John Panek followed by a restful night at the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Jim sat down to a breakfast of blueberry muffins, orange juice, pear juice, Sour Cream & Chives with 3 Cheese Egg Bake and Kathleen’s English muffin bread straight from the oven. This breakfast started with a fruit banana split.
More conversation about the flat track motorcycle racers of the late 1950s and early 1960s (John’s era of flat track racing in the Midwest and Santa Fe Speedway in Willow Springs, Illinois) took place at breakfast. Then it was time to put the painting in the car and start back to South Carolina. Jim said the painting was going to be displayed for a while at Indian Motorcycle Charlotte (a sponsor of Jim in the Cannonball 2010) while they do some work on his 1927 Indian, getting it ready for the 2012 Cannonball.
To see more of John Panek’s paintings, come visit the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast.