You might be familiar with the movie "The Cannonball Run," but did you know there's a true story behind it? The first Cannonball Run took place in 1971 and was won by a Dodge van racing almost 3,000 miles cross-country. Take this quiz and learn more about the real Cannonball Run.
What was the name of the lead actor in the 1981 movie, "The Cannonball Run"?
Most people thought that the movie was based on a _____ cross-country car race.
The real Cannonball Run was a car race between New York and California that took place four times. When?
1965, 1968, 1970 and 1974
1971, 1972, 1975 and 1979
1973, 1974, 1976 and 1978
Who won the first Cannonball Run in 1971?
Nowadays it would be virtually impossible to stage a race of this nature in the U.S. Why?
because cars aren't what they used to be
because people have lost interest
because of the speed limit and the heavy traffic
With the introduction of the then 55-mph speed limit on U.S. roads, what did Yates set out to prove?
that high-speed travel across the U.S. was possible
that he had no regard for the law
that he could make Germany's Autobahn look like a lazy country road
What is the speed limit on Germany's Autobahn?
70 miles per hour
there isn't any
85 miles per hour
In the first run, Yates and his team of three drove from New York to Los Angeles, a distance of 2,858 miles (4,599 km). How long did it take?
40 hours, 51 minutes
41 hours, 22 minutes
43 hours, 49 minutes
What was the race known as prior to its being called the Cannonball Run?
Who was the race originally named for?
racing car driver Erwin G. "Cannon Ball" Baker
former senator Erwin G. "Cannon Ball" Baker
scriptwriter Erwin G. "Cannon Ball" Baker
There were eight teams in the first Cannonball Run. As part of the rules, what did they have to pay money for?
$50 entry fee and $200 for charity
$50 entry fee only
$200 entry fee and $50 for charity
In the first Cannonball Run, why did some drivers drive fairly tamely through certain states?
because they wanted to save the high speeds for the latter stage of the race
in order to give others a head start
because the states were notorious for highway patrolmen
What was the unusual story behind the Cadillac Sedan de Ville that participated in the first race?
It belonged to an elderly man who needed to get it from New York to California.
It was a vintage car.
It was the first-ever prototype Cadillac Sedan de Ville .
Did anyone get a ticket for speeding in the first Cannonball Run?
Yes, four of the eight entrants.
No, they all got away with it.
Yes, one of the eight entrants.
Who made this famous quote in the L.A. Times, "At no time did we exceed 175 mph"?
the driver who drove the Cadillac Sedan de Ville
Yates' co-driver Dan Gurney
Which publication brought the Cannonball Run to the fore of mainstream media with an article about the race?
the New York Times
the Wall Street Journal
Which actor was the movie script written for?
Sammy Davis Jr.
When The Cannonball Run hit the silver screen in 1981, how did it fare?
It was received badly.
It received mixed reviews.
It ended up ranking the seventh highest grossing movie of 1981.
Why was a fake ambulance used both in real life and in the movie?
in order to outsmart the traffic cops
because a real one couldn't be obtained
because it could drive faster than other cars
In the last Cannonball Run, what was the winning car?