Who Was Cannon Ball Baker?

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Erwin G. "Cannon Ball" Baker was a legendary long-distance record setter in the first half of the last century who traversed the nascent roadways of the nation on what were essentially sponsorship dares from manufacturers. He later became NASCAR commissioner, and when the idea for a cross-country road race popped into Yates' mind in the '70s, the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash was born. (Yates claims not to know why he compounded Cannon Ball's sobriquet, at least that's how we remember the story.) The One Lap of America is an outgrowth of that, ostensibly legal, but offering a copious opportunities for mad hoonage along the way.

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I too am working on a book. When I found that here was not a modern biography of Cannonball baker in print I was galled. I live in Indianapolis, spitting distance from Erwins home on Garfield Drive and having heard stories form those that new him I have been inspired to create a modern biography for the great man. I would live to contact you! A copy of the copy would be a marvelous adition to my collection of research and as I live in Indianapolis I could easily do some research for you in exchange as we have several notable resources for research into automotive history.