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Second Thursday Talk – Erwin “Cannonball” Baker

The National Automobile Museum’s topic for the December’s Second Thursday Talk will feature a presentation on Erwin “Cannonball” Baker. Record-setting motorcycle racing pioneer.

It will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2019, 1:30 – 2 p.m., in the Museum’s Theatre. Enjoy a 30-minute talk, Q&A, refreshments and a unique piece of history.

Cost: Free to Museum members. Included with paid admission. Otherwise, $5 per person to attend the talk.

Talk: Erwin “Cannonball” Baker. Record-setting motorcycle racing pioneer.
Presented by Museum Volunteer George Canavan

Speaker: Presented by Museum Volunteer George Canavan

About our Speaker: A native of Long Island, NY and a graduate of Niagara University, Canavan joined the Air Force in the Vietnam Era and worked in Aircraft Maintenance management on the B-52 flight lines of the Strategic Air Command in the USA and overseas. He achieved the rank of Captain before returning to civilian life and relocating to the Bay Area to join the emerging integrated circuit manufacturing revolution. A GI bill degree in Semiconductor Technology propelled his career as an engineer, manager, strategic planner and marketer. Employers included National Semiconductor, Amdahl Computers, Applied Materials, Lam Research, Microsoft and several startups.

In 2004, Canavan retired to Sparks, NV to pursue interests in vintage cars, hot rods and old motorcycles. He has held leadership positions in Horseless Carriage Club of Nevada, Comstock Chapter Antique Motorcycle Club of America and the volunteers’ organization of the National Automobile Museum.