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New Documentary Needs Your Help to Tell the Story of the Cannonball Run

Posted January 11, 2016 1:00 PM by dstrohl

It was an event as audacious as its founder, Brock Yates, the Car and Driver editor known for speaking his mind regardless of the consequences. Five times in the 1970s, the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash traversed the United States from New York City (or Darien, Connecticut) to Redondo Beach, California, with the sole rule being "get from start to finish in as little time as possible." The slap-in-the-face to highway decorum spurred a successful 1981 comedy based on the 1979 running (and partially rooted in truth), but now a German writer and 1979 Cannonball Run participant, Gero Hoschek, is working on a documentary about the actual event.

What can you recall about the famous auto rally?

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01/11/2016 6:51 PM

Just bits and pieces of the movie. Sorry. Not sure we really need a documentary about this. Motor sports doesn't really need something else for the Joan Claybrooks of the world to go pointing at. Let's just keep it as our little secret.

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01/19/2016 4:11 PM

I suggest a rebirth, The Sea to Shining Sea Clunker Special, but one in which the contestants each have the same amount of money and no more for the duration of the race under the following conditions:

1. Assemble at the entrance to one of the scrap yards on the Palmetto Expressway in Miami where various yard owners from the area have contributed secretly several vehicles that were driven from their yards for at least 20 miles at at least 70 miles per hour.

2. Contestants at the starting gun on a first come first serve basis and not knowing anything about any of the cars, are able to examine and silently bid on various vehicles for up 3 hours after the start, at which point they deals are transacted by the yard owning the vehicle for the first deduct from the contestant's nest egg, the away they go.

3. Beyond this point, the rule is no help from anyone except a 911 call response due to wreck or injury, at which point the race is over for the contestant. Any wrecker calls, cab calls, hitchhiking, etc. and the race is over for the contestant. He or she can take whatever tools he or she already owns or buys along the way, as well as parts, but no one else can touch the car or the race is over. The contestant and his or her nest egg buys the gas, oil, or whatever to get to the finish line at the Coronado Ferry Landing in downtown San Diego.

4. All contestants are required to lawfully dispose of their vehicles upon completion or their becoming ineligible along the way.

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