My name is Bob Huffman. I live in Beavercreek Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. I was born in March 1949. I am retired and spend much of my time now helping my friends keep their antique bikes on the road. I worked my younger years in construction and mechanical fields but spent the last 30 years as a Lead Inspector for a company that manufactured medical implant devices. I have a newer Harley dresser that my wife and I enjoy riding. We have taken a couple of trips across the country and plan more in the future. But, my real passion is the old stuff. I bought my first Harley in 1968. It is a 1953 FL. I say it because I still own it. Of course it is chopped because that’s what we did to them in 1968. The bike has been featured in Biker Magazine and has won numerous awards in bike shows over the years. My main rider is a 1949 Harley FL with a matching 1949 Sidecar. I bought both of these as basket cases and brought them back to life. Most of the time I run the bike without the car. Those of you that have ridden a bike with a sidecar know why. I also ride a 1974 BMW R90/6. I am currently working on a 1957 Harley Panhead that will go in a 1958 frame that will be converted into a trike. That is to be our AMCA touring bike for our golden years. I am looking forward to the 2014 Cannonball and very excited to be a part of the CCM team.
David has been an avid motorcyclist for over 35 years since purchasing a 1969 Honda 125 without his parent’s knowledge. David owns and rides a 1991 Softail Custom (purchased new) that is slowly becoming eligible for AMCA. His everyday rider is a 2010 Electra Glide Limited on which he completed his first Iron Butt Association ride in 2012. David serves on the board of directors for Rescue Riders, a national non-profit organization. During the 2012 Cannonball David spent a couple of days meeting several riders and interacting with them during the evening stops. Recalling the positive attitudes and determination exhibited by the riders, despite facing massive mechanical, physical and mental challenges while crossing the country, David is absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to play a supporting role in ensuring the success of the Carson Classic Motors team of riders. David is currently doing research and hopes to acquire his first vintage machine, (dream bike=1948 Panhead), while he’s still young enough to ride it. David has an amazingly supportive wife (who rides her own bike) and two incredible daughters (21 & 14) that share in their family’s love of motorcycling. David supports his motorcycle habit professionally as a business development executive in the transportation insurance industry.
Jesse Law was raised in Ellis County, Texas. He graduated in 2002 from Ovilla Christian School. Upon graduation he enlisted as an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps. He served three tours of duty in Iraq, and was honorably discharged in 2006. Following his stint in the USMC, Jesse became extremely interested in motorcycles, especially antique Harley-Davidsons. Jesse began tinkering with his own bikes, a ’90 Sportster and then a ’79 Shovelhead, learning much along the way. During the winter of ’12-’13 he did an apprenticeship with Carl and Matt Olsen, of Carl’s Cycle Supply. Jesse currently works at East Bay American Motorcycles and is also attending Navarro College to earn a BS in Business. Recently, Jesse began a part time apprenticeship at Sage Brush Cycles to learn JD and VL motorcycles. Although Jesse has ridden his Shovelhead coast to coast, this will be his first Cannonball Run.
Born Louisville Kentucky 1947
Family moved to Texas in 1955, spent summers with grandparents in Ky. each year.
Graduated High School, Arlington Texas, 1965
Met Gloria Grabowski while visiting uncle in Whiting. Indiana
Took a Job as apprentice General Machinist with Republic Steel in South Chicago. Ill.
Married Gloria in May 1966.
Moved back to Texas Dec 1966 to work for LTV Aircraft as General Machinist.
Son David Morton Withrow born in Grand Prairie, Texas 1967
Started College at UTA Arlington 1968 part time.
Laid off LTV spring 1969, Started overhauling obsolete Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
Bought my first Sunnen Hone to rebuild connecting rods for other shops.
Opened Mid Cities Chopper Supply Summer 1969 in Grand Prairie, Texas, building custom motorcycles
Begin to vend at Antique motorcycle swap meets to find parts which led to dealer buyouts of obsolete parts.
Changed to full time Student fall 1969, Graduated with Degree in Mechanical Technology 1972 from UTA
Bought the Estate of Windle Harley Davidson Kilgore TX., and Standard Parts in Longview, Texas.
220 tons of new old stock parts moved in 6 months, incorporated business into Texas HD Distributors 1977
Moved Business to Paradise, Texas, 1978, Vended at Daytona Beach Bike Week the first time of 36 years.
1978 to 1984 Vending both East and West coast Swap meets while doing mail order business in HD Parts.
1984 took a year off to build our house with wife and son.
1985 to 2000 Worked as a Research Engineer for Union Oil of California, UNOCAL, Received 3 US Patents,
while still doing antique motorcycle swap meets, mechanical restorations and mail order business.
4th US Patent, while doing research and development consulting for Chapman Marine
2000 to 2013, AMCA National Swap meets, Restoration machine shop for obsolete H-D., Mail order business.
I became involved in motorcycling when I started riding with Mike Carson on his big Victory bagger, which is his everyday rider. I was very excited and thrilled when we opened up the bike on a long lonely stretch to 110+ mph. It was a huge thrill! I slowly became exposed to the antique motorcycle world via the 2012 Cannonball Run, when Buck and Mike pushed an international Carson Classic Motors team across the United States. I have now been to many AMCA meets, road runs and antique motorcycle shows. I will be on the CCM support team for 2014 Cannonball, and am very excited by this! This will be a huge adventure in my life and I get to share it with Mike and Buck and the CCM team!