CAN­NON­BALL 911

911 Porsche World - - Letters -

As a US reader, it was great to read about Bill Warner's Can­non­ball 911 ( 911&PW, You and yours, Jan 2018). The Can­non­ball out­law runs of the ’70s all seem like a long time ago now, but their an­ar­chic vibe still res­onates and the Burt Reynolds films, while be­ing some­what 'hammy', are harm­less fun.

I still have a copy of that Car and Driver is­sue, with Bill's 911 in the fore­ground, with all the cars at the start on top of the Red Ball Garage in New York. I must have read the story a 100 times, that and Brock Yates’ fan­tas­ti­cally en­ter­tain­ing book, ‘Can­non­ball! World's Great­est Out­law Road Race.’ Shame Brock is no longer with us.

I've done the coast-to-coast (New York to Re­dondo Beach, Cal­i­for­nia) 'run' my­self, with my son, in my 911 C4S. It took us rather longer than 35hrs 53mins. More like three days, and that seemed like quite an ef­fort. There's no quick way, or short cuts these days, and the tourist traf­fic runs all year. But it's still a rite of pas­sage for a US car guy, and to be fol­low­ing in the tyre tracks of the orig­i­nal Can­non­ballers makes it an evoca­tive trip. Think­ing about Brock Yates and Dan Gur­ney max­ing out their Fer­rari Day­tona, or just cruis­ing at a steady 125mph across a de­serted Ari­zona, makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. Dif­fer­ent times. Rick James, via email

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