August 22, 2017

Over 250 ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ Trans Ams will make pit stop in Heard County

(Franklin, GA) — Heard County residents and fans of the movie ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ will be in for a treat soon as the “Bandit Run” makes a lunchtime pit- stop at Heard County High School during the the afternoon hours on June 21.

Moviegoers were introduced to Bandit “Bo” Darville, Cledus “Snowman” Snow, Carrie “Frog”, and Sheriff Buford T. Justice in the classic southern themed movie ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ in 1977, and Universal Studios recently celebrated the second largest grossing movie of 1977 by having a limited release of the movie at select theaters across the country.

RESTORE a MUSCLE CAR in Lincoln, Nebraska is sponsoring a week-long “Bandit Run” taking the classic cars from the film on the road including the 1977 Special Edition Black and Gold Pontiac Trans Am driven by Burt Reynolds.

Replicas of “Snowman’s Dream” transfer truck driven by Cledus “Snowman” Snow, played by the multi-talented Jerry Reed and Sheriff Buford T. Justice’s, played by Jackie Gleason, car will also be in the event.

(Photo: 2016 Bandit Run/ Banditrun.com)

This year’s Run already has almost 300 registered cars and more than 500 attendees that will be traveling to their final destination in Jonesboro on June 22.

This will be the 11th annual Bandit Run, which originated in 2007 when Restore a Muscle Car (RAMC) owner, Dave Hall and Trans Am enthusiast David Hershey decided to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film by reenacting the quest to drive Coors beer from Texarkana, Texas, to Atlanta, Georgia.

On Wednesday, June 21st, the caravan of cars, which measure well over a mile when lined up will pass through Heard County.

The Bandit runners will roar into the Heard County High School parking lot after taking a scenic morning drive through the Talladega National Forest as they head toward Peachtree City to stay the night.

Plans are underway at HCHS to provide lunch for the group. Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for further details as they become available.

Runners from two different runs (Texas and Northern Florida) will converge in Heard County to embark on the last leg of the journey to Jonesboro and the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the film.

Much of the celebration will take place June 23-24 and will feature a Smokey and the Bandit BBQ and Car Show, as well as a screening of the film at Lee Street Park with a special appearance by Burt Reynolds and other actors from the movie.

A re-enactment of the Coors scene will kickoff the weekend in downtown Jonesboro with a Pontiac Trans Am and replicas of Snowman’s rig.

Arts Clayton Gallery is featuring an exhibit of more than two dozen items related to the film, including movie memorabilia, original promotional items and fan-created props.

Additionally, drivers from the Bandit Run and Snowman’s Run groups will be arriving in the city on Wednesday. The Bandit Run features Trans Am drivers from all over the country.

Tyler Hambrick, founder of the Snowman’s Run, will be driving a replica rig from the movie, with a convoy of fans following. The Snowman’s Run raises money for wounded veterans.

For more information visit thebanditrun.com and jonesboroga.com.

Comments

  1. Ann Baker says:

    Can you tell me if when the cars leave Franklin to go to PTC will they travel Hwy 34 towards Newnan? I would like to take my grandson over to the Hwy and watch them pass since we live a street over.

    • Tyler Hambrick Yes, highway 34. We are eating lunch at the High School in Franklin and then heading over to Newnan, then Peachtree City. Probably leave early/mid afternoon.

  2. I wish they would come to Huntsville, AL

  3. pat mitchell says:

    Are other variations of Trans Am’s allowed to show up or would that be in bad taste……the prices on the 77’s have skyrocketed beyond reason!`

  4. I would love to see Burt ! Awesome !

  5. craig ladner says:

    stop buy phenix city Alabama

  6. David Morrow says:

    What will you route be thru Alabama?

  7. You’re all welcome to the grand finale on June 24th 630pm at the ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY to THE BANDIT JUMP Smokey and the Bandit Car Stunt Show!!!

    Some of the Top Hollywood Stuntmen will recreate some of the coolest Car Stunts from this icon Movie . And yes we even jump a beautiful 1977 Bandit the same distance it did 40 years ago .

    The Bandit himself Mr.Reynolds will be there as the guest of honor !

    So go onto TheBanditJump.com and get your tickets now!!!

    See you there !!!!

    • Elwood Blues says:

      OneNiteOnlyKC will be there with their 1974 Dodge Monaco “Bluesmobile” along with some of the Missouri TV and Movie Car group. Who knows,,, might see the Bluesmobile re-create their jump also… LOL

  8. What route will you be taking through the national forest ? I live in Heflin Alabama and would really like to see this !,,

  9. Dale richardson says:

    Are you going thru Talladega then Heflin to go to franklin?? I would love to see the convoy!!!!

  10. So you are traveling hwy 77 though Ashland then north towards Helfin Alabama?

  11. Mary Davenport says:

    What a great group,the trans ams,Great for Franklin,Ga.residents,was there,I am going to join in.Thanks ,for having it here.✌👍👄

    • Great, friendly people. Had to go to 3 convenience stores looking for a quart of 5-30 oil and a former TA owner gave me directions to “Bumper to Bumper” auto parts that had oil for my 20 year old TA not commonly used anymore.

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