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    This is a great read. For those that do not know, the Cannonball Run was a race across the country on US highways in the 70s.


    The Cannonball Run Turns 35

    The cross-country trophy dash redefined excitement and, some would say, automotive irresponsibility

    By Steven Cole Smith, Contributor

    Date posted: 11-16-2006

    Exactly 35 years ago, a little nuclear warhead dropped onto the automotive pop culture world. Look hard, and you can still see the mushroom cloud.

    The first rumblings of the pending explosion, now remembered simply as the Cannonball, actually began a few months earlier, in May of 1971, with a reconnaissance run from New York to Los Angeles in a Dodge van. Automotive journalist Brock Yates and crew, mentally weary from the early but prevailing attitude of political correctness, but still a couple of years away from the national 55-mph speed limit, wanted to prove that "good drivers in good automobiles could employ the American Interstate system the same way the Germans were using their Autobahns," he wrote. "Yes, make high-speed travel by car a reality! Truth and justice affirmed by an overtly legal act."

    When Yates sobered up, it still seemed like a good idea. Thus was born the original Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, named in honor of Erwin G. "Cannon Ball" Baker, who made 143 trips across America, beginning in 1914 when he crossed the country in 14 days riding an Indian motorcycle on dirt roads. He died in 1960. Lawyers suggested changing "Cannon Ball" to "Cannonball" was enough to protect Yates from any angry descendants Baker may have left behind.

    Yates' initial one-Dodge-van run of 2,858 miles was made in 40 hours, 51 minutes, fueled by 315 gallons of gas and 12 packets of Vivarin. Average speed: 70 mph.

    But then came a telegram that changed everything. "This constitutes formal entry by the Polish Racing Drivers of America in the next official Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. The drivers are Oscar Kovaleski, Brad Niemcek and Tony Adamowicz. If we can find California, we'll beat you fair and square."

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    The Cannonball is great. I've read and own a signed copy of Brock Yates' book "chronicalizing" each year that they did the old style Cannonball races in the 70s. Its good stuff and almost makes you want to give it a shot yourself. Long live The Cannonball Run.

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    When's Burt Reynold's gonna suit up as JJ McClure for Cannonball III? Hey, Rocky's back so why the hell not?

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    I think the idea of the Cannonball is great!!!

    The One Lap of America is pretty cool too, definitely way organized...

    Actually, I'm thinkin' in the next couple of years of doin' the Silver State Classic either after building a 6.1L Hemi Dakota or if I buy a new Challenger, doin' it with that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoHalen View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by fast98dodge View Post
    I think the idea of the Cannonball is great!!!

    The One Lap of America is pretty cool too, definitely way organized...

    Actually, I'm thinkin' in the next couple of years of doin' the Silver State Classic either after building a 6.1L Hemi Dakota or if I buy a new Challenger, doin' it with that...
    i told my dad we should run One Lap in the Crossfire, just to say we did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fast98dodge View Post
    I think the idea of the Cannonball is great!!!

    The One Lap of America is pretty cool too, definitely way organized...

    Actually, I'm thinkin' in the next couple of years of doin' the Silver State Classic either after building a 6.1L Hemi Dakota or if I buy a new Challenger, doin' it with that...
    I've thought about doing the one in the Ft. Davis Mtns. The only trouble is that the speeds the Vette can get to require a cage (which I really don't want to do). I know if I add a cage, the pocketbook would suffer significant damage w/ the "Justification necessary".

    Anyway...in celebration of the Cannonball B-day, I'll add this...


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    Never heard of the Ft. Davis Mtns one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fast98dodge View Post
    Never heard of the Ft. Davis Mtns one...
    It's in west Texas in April (I think).
    I'll get the info and fwd to you.
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    Originally posted by FORD
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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy 150 View Post
    I've thought about doing the one in the Ft. Davis Mtns. The only trouble is that the speeds the Vette can get to require a cage (which I really don't want to do). I know if I add a cage, the pocketbook would suffer significant damage w/ the "Justification necessary".

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    i went to college in canyon tx, at west tx a&m u, where all the fraternities would participate in what we called the Canyonball run...a road race between frats from the phi delt lodge to the bottom of the palo duro canyon where we proceeded to get completely loaded. we either crashed out in the cars or pitched tents, often resulting in gettin the boot in the morning by a (not so) friendly park ranger.


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    Originally posted by FORD
    History tells us that oppressive nations build walls to keep people IN, not out.
    (See "Berlin Wall" and "Likud Israel" for examples) FORD- when i told him i'd build a wall between the US and Mexico.

    then ill build it from the mexican side. -my reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sisca View Post
    i went to college in canyon tx, at west tx a&m u, where all the fraternities would participate in what we called the Canyonball run...a road race between frats from the phi delt lodge to the bottom of the palo duro canyon where we proceeded to get completely loaded. we either crashed out in the cars or pitched tents, often resulting in gettin the boot in the morning by a (not so) friendly park ranger.


    how ya doing yancey??
    Doin good.

    Canyon?!?
    That's a BEAUTIFUL place. Almost as appealing as Ft Stockton.

    You coming to H-town anytime soon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy 150 View Post
    Doin good.

    Canyon?!?
    That's a BEAUTIFUL place. Almost as appealing as Ft Stockton.

    You coming to H-town anytime soon?
    yessir i am...on dec 10th for the texans/titans game with my new girlfriend....dude shes sooooooooooo amazing! i plan on getting ahold of you and kt while im there, so be ready!
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    Originally posted by FORD
    History tells us that oppressive nations build walls to keep people IN, not out.
    (See "Berlin Wall" and "Likud Israel" for examples) FORD- when i told him i'd build a wall between the US and Mexico.

    then ill build it from the mexican side. -my reply.

 

 

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