No two car rallies are alike and for good reason, why should they be? The automotive landscape is so diverse from old school to supercars and everything in between that the idea of having two of the same is just plain crazy. So when coming up with an idea for a rally Restore A Muscle Car could have easily just stuck to muscle cars, but they took it a step further combining their muscle car love with one of the best muscle car movies of all time, Smokey and the Bandit, and the Bandit Run was born.
The Bandit Run was the creation of David Hersey and Dave Hall who wanted to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Smokey and the Bandit. Though they had a little extra motivation in cultivating the idea in the form of a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Hersey purchased in 2006. The following year a group of around 30 Trans Ams would hit the road from Texarakana recreating the journey from the film.
This year the Bandit Run will be held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the film and return to the original Texarakana to Atlanta route (past years the rally has been held elsewhere). The journey from Texarakana to Atlanta will span seven nights with stops in Greenville and Tupelo, MS as well as Birmingham, AL into Atlanta/Jonesboro, GA. At each stop along the way participants and on lookers will break up the journey with a wide variety of Smokey and the Bandit related events. The Bandit Run kicks off Saturday June 17th where the drivers will be joined by Gas Monkey Garage’s own Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins.