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GET BOTH BOOKS! The Daytona 200 Book AND the Cannon Ball Book, both personally signed, with bonus print and discounted flat shipping for the whole package! $50 on orders to USA only. (+ $4 CA tax, if applicable). 

Emde Books is now taking orders for copies of Finding Cannon Ball's Trail, by Don Emde.

Just before midnight on May 14, 1914, a ferryboat departed from Weehawken, New Jersey and chugged along in the darkness across the Hudson River to Manhattan. On board was a tired-looking rider with an equally tired-looking motorcycle. The boat landed at ten minutes after midnight and there to greet him were representatives from the Federation of American Motorcyclists, the nation’s major motorcycle sanctioning organization. What they knew was that this rider, Erwin G. Baker, had just completed the fastest transcontinental trip in American history.

Baker’s journey of 3,497 miles had taken him 11 ½ days. And, oh, what an 
incredible 11 ½ days it was! After leaving San Diego on May 3rd he rode coast to coast, averaging only four hours sleep each night. 

Danger seemed to await him at every turn. In the Arizona desert he ran out of gas and had to push his motorcycle five miles in the sand in 119-degree heat. When he got to New Mexico he hit some rainy weather, which turned the historic Santa Fe Trail into a deep mud bog. He suffered six flat tires once on the same day, which he had to repair with the tools he carried with him, and in Pennsylvania he rode 232 miles of mud in a steady downpour. 

Despite all this, Baker continued east as fast as he could legally go. When he landed on Manhattan, he had smashed the current record holder’s long-standing record by more than nine days. His amazing journey concluded at the Hotel Astor in New York City where he was met by journalists wanting to get the story. One shouted out that he had “shot across the country like a cannon ball.” He was forever more Cannon Ball Baker! 

In 2011, Don Emde, a former winner of the prestigious Daytona 200 motorcycle race and 1999 Inductee to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, embarked on a multi-year project to understand the riding conditions and retrace the route that Cannon Ball Baker had taken in 1914. Using modern day computer search tools, GPS, and current adventure-style motorcycles, he and an assistant, Joe Colombero, logged numerous miles in the California and Arizona desert to work out what remains of the dirt roads that Baker had ridden. Their research ultimately took them on a ride all the way to New York City on the same route that Baker had taken. Their discoveries and difficulties is a great story in itself.

Finally, in 2014, Emde led a group of 30 motorcyclists on a celebration ride from San Diego to New York City, just as Baker had done a century before. The group departed on May 3rd—100 years to the minute from when Cannon Ball had left San Diego—and arrived in New York just as he had on May 14th. 

This is the story of three epic motorcycle rides across America. 

Published by Emde Books, an imprint of Don Emde Inc.

Publication date: May 2016. ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!


Don Emde, Inc. has in stock the updated second edition of The Daytona 200.  The History of America's Premier Motorcycle  Race, by Don Emde.

The sold-out first edition, printed in 1991, is  included in its entirety, along with the addition of  the next 13 years of Daytona 200 racing action.  This two-part book provides an in-depth history of the race that goes beyond just the pure facts and figures. In Part One, the reader goes on a decade-by-decade trip through time, starting back before the first running of the Daytona 200 in 1937 up to 2003. Author Don Emde, himself a former Daytona 200 winner, shows you how the race has evolved from the days of racing on the sands of Daytona Beach to the banks of Daytona International Speedway. Part Two contains the most complete statistics section ever on the Daytona 200. This comprehensive section lists every rider who has ever competed in the race, top 20 finishes for each year, fastest qualifying times and much, much more! 

The Daytona 200. The History of America’s Premier Motorcycle Race is a must-read for any motorcycle racing enthusiast!

This historic 382 page hardcover book contains over 450 photographs and illustrations, including a color section, and is available in the USA only. California residents add 8.0% sales tax.



Every order for a Daytona 200 book now also includes a free photo print. One is a photo print of Don Emde and his father Floyd Emde, the only father and son to have both won the Daytona 200. Floyd passed away in 1994, so his signature is printed from a scan of his actual autograph. Don will personalize to the buyer and sign each print at the time of the order. The second print shows Don in action at Daytona in 1972. He is seen chasing Dave Smith (20), the winner of the 100-mile 250cc race and 3rd place finisher in the 1972 Daytona 200. Following Don is Kenny Roberts (60) at his first ever Daytona  Bike Week as an Expert rider. He finished 2nd that year in the 250cc race, but did not finish the 200-mile race. In the years to follow he would win the 200 three times. YOU WILL RECEIVE ONE OF THE TWO WITH YOUR ORDER.




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Don Emde, Inc.
92 Argonaut, Suite 160
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 
Phone: 949-215-4780 x206
Fax: 949-215-9042