The Bandit Run has to be one of the best ideas for a Road Trip.
Before you go any further, you must know about Smokey and the Bandit. For those of you who do not know about Smokey and the Bandit, it is a series of films that began in 1977. The plot summary of all the movies was about Bo “Bandit” Darville (Burt Reynolds), and/or the Cledus “Snowman” Snow (Jerry Reed), depending on the movie, trying to make a delivery, a “run”, cross country while they out running the law, Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason). The vehicle of choice for the Bandit was a Pontiac Trans Am while the Snowman hauled the actual cargo in his tractor trailer. If you have not seen the movies, go to Netflix at rent them. There are more car chases and demolitions of old Pontiacs, Chevys and Plymouths than any Fast and Furious or Die Hard movies.
The First Bandit Run
Now, fast forward to 2007. The owner of Restore a Muscle Car planned the first year of the Bandit Run and also the 30th anniversary of the original movie. The Bandit Run reenactment road trip of the the same route that the Bandit and the Snowman made in the 1977 movie. A group of about 30 Trans Ams, “Bandit Runners” started out at the Classic Car Museum in Texarkana on May 15, 2007. After a send off from the Mayor of Texarkana, the group headed east on the three-day trip where they were joined by Hot Rod Magazine and Automobile Magazine. After an evening in Tupelo, the growing group of Bandit Runners received another send-off at the Tupelo Auto Museum on May 16. From there, they headed toward Birmingham, Alabama. There was then a stop at the Talladega Superspeedway, where the Bandit Runners were given a tour of the museum, a group photo and lunch. Then, a short drive to their destination in Atlanta. In the end, the group totaled more than 100 Trans Ams and other cars.
Bandit Run 2013
The Bandit Run 2013 will take place July 13 – July 19, 2013. The Run will begin in Lincoln, Nebraska and end in Golden, Ohio. The trip is family friendly and open to everyone. For detailed information on the trip visit the Bandit Run website.
Photos are from Bandit Run.