COTM 2013 Poster

COTM 2013 Poster

A Tribute to Effie Hotchkis & Avis Who Traveled Coast to Coast on the 1915 3 Speed V-Twin
Harley Davidson


Celebration of the Motorcycle Posters for Purchase

This years poster “EFFIE” done by world renowned artist Scott Jacobs, is of the 1915 3 speed Harley Davidson that Cris Sommer Simmons rode in the 2010 Cannonball coast to coast event in honor of Effie Hotchkis and Avis.

Cris Sommer Simmons is co-founder of Harley Women, the first women’s motorcycle magazine, is a freelance motorcycle writer/photographer. and a three-time Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee, In 2009 she authored the best seller “The American Motorcycle Girls, 1900-1950″ still the #1 motorcycle pictorial book sold on Amazon. Cris was the only women entered (and finished ahead of most of the guys) in the world famous coast to coast motorcycle event named the “Cannonball Run”

Cris Sommer Simmons

Cris Sommer Simmons

Her Cannonball motorcycle is named “Effie” as a tribute to a young woman named Effie Hotchkis who 95 years ago decided she wanted to travel coast to coast on a motorcycle. Effie purchased a 1915, 3 Speed V-Twin Harley-Davidson with some money she had inherited, but her mother told her she couldn’t make that trip alone because it was too risky. Mother and daughter agreed that Effie would buy a sidecar, and sister Avis would make the trip with her. It took them 2 months to travel from Brooklyn, NY to San Francisco, California. Young lady Effie had dipped her toes into the water of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

At the start of the Cannonball in North Carolina, Cris Sommer Simmons filled a small jar with some water from the Atlantic Ocean that she carried in one of her saddlebags during the Cannonball Run. On Sunday, September 26, 2010 Cris arrived in Santa Monica, California and as a tribute to “Effie” she poured the small jar into the Pacific Ocean……Cris Sommer-Simmons had an all ladies supporting crew (Athena Ramson, Laura Klock & Toast) plus her husband Pat.