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Cinema’s Greatest Races
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Cinema’s Greatest Races  | The Cannonball Baker
The Cannonball Baker

Movie: Cannonball Run (1981)
Vehicle: Dodge Tradesman ambulance
Drivers: J. McClure (Burt Reynolds) and Victor Prinzi (Dom DeLuise)

This one is based on a real-life event, ‘the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash’ to give it its full title, which ran during the ‘70s from New York to LA. The film version sees Burt Reynolds (defending champion) and sidekick Dom DeLuise (comic relief) do battle with the likes of Roger Moore, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Jackie Chan, pratfalling their way across Ohio, Missouri and the like in a converted Dodge ambulance. More lighthearted than most here, it’s still amusing just because the whale of a time the cast appeared to be having on set still somehow communicates itself from the screen.

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