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


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


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.