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November 4, 2012

The Cannonball Run (1981)

Wednesday, November 7th

Film starts at 8:00pm

Lady Jay’s: 633 Grand St, between Mnhattan & Leonard, Bklyn, NY 11211

Free popcorn, Juke Box Meccanica, $2 Bingo for Prizes. PRIZES!

Delicious home made BBQ by ‘Dick & Tom’…food hits the grill at 7:30pm, so come hungry and come early!!

The Cannonball Run (1981)

Somewhere in the dark automotive recesses of our collective Gen X youth lies a film of such power and influence that it spawned an insatiable desire in a generation of gearheads to dress up like priests and drive across the country soused in Magnum P.I.’s Ferrari. That film, of course, is The Cannonball Run (1981).

You are certainly the most distinguished group of highway scofflaws and degenerates ever gathered together in one place.

Starring a who’s who of legends, has-beens, and almost stars The Cannonball Run may be the ultimate intersection of 1970’s booze and drug fueled cool. All you need to do is read the cast list and you realize you idolized, impersonated or masturbated to one of these people at least once in your life. Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Jackie Chan, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Fonda, Adrienne Barbeau, Terry Bradshaw, Mel Tillis, and Dom DeLuise.
My driving is rivaled only by the lightning bolts from the heavens!

Based on the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, an actual cross-country outlaw road race from the Red Ball Garage in New York City to Redondo Beach, California the film is a strange mixture of fact and fiction collected from the 5 runnings of The Cannonball from 1971-1979.  The only rules were there were no rules. You just had to drive your vehicle as fast as could from coast to coast. To add more legitimacy to the proceeding the film’s director Hal Needham and the movie’s screenwriter and Cannonball founder Brock Yates ran the final Cannonball in the very ambulance used by Burt Reynolds in the film.

Headquarters, we are still in pursuit of the black Lamborghini.

 

In fact most of the shenanigans in the film are based on real Cannonball events. Men dressed as priests? Check. A fake ambulance with a real doctor and a fake patient? Check. A “road legal” stock car? Check. Hot all girl team? Check. Foreigners in a Roll-Royce? Check. Two guys on a motorcycle? Check. All Needham had to do was set the wheels in motion and Reynolds, Dom DeLuise (one of the best comic duos ever) and their drugged/drunk Hollywood buddies did the rest.

Maybe next year, we’ll do this again.

An unforgettable product of a bygone era of gonzo races and gonzo film-making. Unfortunately a movie like this will never be made again. Unless they make a movie of The 2904. But that is another story…

John
King of Krumpet
The 2904

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