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