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September 12, 1918 – Cannonball Baker’s trip to every state capital for ReVere comes to an end
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September 12, 1918 – Cannonball Baker’s trip to every state capital for ReVere comes to an end

Erwin "Cannonball" Baker is perhaps best known for his record setting transcontinental motorcycle rides, but on this day in 1918 he completed a four wheel trip that took him to every existing state capital. What was as much a reliability test as it was a promotional run for Revere Automobiles (1917-1924), of Logansport, Indiana, Baker departed on his journey in June of 1918. It is widely believed that Baker did not drive a production vehicle, but instead the first ReVere prototype that emerged from the factory on August 25, 1917. This car rolled out of the plant equipped with a Duesenberg four cylinder engine, but no body. Baker supposedly drove the body-less car to Racine, Wisconsin, where it received a touring body from Racine Manufacturing Company. After 4 months and some 16,000 mi...

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