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The Ultimate Cannonball Run Quiz
by Staff
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"?

  • Charles Bronson
  • Burt Reynolds
  • Harrison Ford

Most people thought that the movie was based on a _____ cross-country car race.

  • fictional
  • real
  • legal

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?

  • Dave Heinz
  • Hal Needham
  • Brock Yates

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?

  • Cannonball Superspeed
  • Cannonball Bullet
  • Cannonball Dash

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
  • 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
  • Time Magazine
  • the Wall Street Journal

Which actor was the movie script written for?

  • Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Steve McQueen
  • Dean Martin

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?

  • a Renault 4CV
  • a Jaguar XJ-S
  • a Ferrari F40