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Hear the origin of The Cannonball Run in the latest Hagerty Sidedrafts podcast


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Most of us have seen, or at least heard of, The Cannonball Run, the 1981 movie caper about a coast-to-coast road race from New York to California. The film is based on The Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, a real-life speed trial conceived by Brock Yates (who also wrote the film script) and documented in the pages of Car and Driver.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2017/12/08/the-origin-of-the-cannonball-run

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I always thought that The Cannonball Run was a rip off of The Gumball Rally that predated it by a few years in theaters. I was ten so I saw it the first time on television. Loved it. Both probably didn’t age too well, except for perpetual 10 year olds like myself. Of course, that was I while back so I could have everything wrong. I remember the opening had people getting a call that simply said, “Gumball”. One guy receives the call and jumps out a window into a swimming pool below.