Monday, April 11, 2011
An epic event for an epic movie. The 2011 Bandit Run passes through Kansas Speedway
But today, I attended an event that topped them all. I am certain that all will agree that Smokey and the Bandit is the greatest movie of all time. This fact is un-debatable. So when something like the Bandit Run passes through the Kansas City area, you can bet that I will be there to cover such an epic event.
Originally, the idea of the Bandit Run was for a caravan of Pontiac Trans Ams to retrace the route that Burt Reynolds' character followed in the original Smokey and the Bandit. The event has grown a bit since that first run in 2007, and now other makes of cars are allowed, and the route changes a bit from year-to-year. The 2011 version started at the "Restore a Muscle Car" shop in Lincoln, Neb., and will end at the YearOne location in Braselton, Ga.
I saw the cars at Kansas Speedway, where they stopped to take a few laps around the track. Most of them were Firebirds, Formulas, Firehawks, and Trans Ams, but there were a few relevant deviations, and a couple of interlopers.
Snow Man's rig. The truck driver even had a Bassett Hound puppy named Fred.
There was also a Challenger, a guy in an early '90s Mustang convertible, and one dude in an Acura. But still, the majority of vehicles here featured a shaker hoodscoop surrounded by a mythical bird.
There wasn't a big crowd there, so I know most of you didn't play hooky from work today to go see them. But don't fret--I've got you covered. The slideshow below has about 100 pictures from today's festivities. And as I write this, the gang is on their way to the next stop in the 2011 Bandit Run.
For more information on this year's tour, or to keep tabs on next year, visit the website here.