I love Smokey and the Bandit. Why? I think I first saw it at the drive-in with my parents on a summer evening. I don’t care for the 2nd or 3rd movie but man I love the original. It introduced us to the 1976 Pontiac Trans Am with the gold eagle on the hood. The hub's dream car by the way.
The car was as much a character in the movie as Jerry Reed. They were hauling cases of Coors across the Mississippi River. We visited relatives in Texas around the same time and brought cases of Coors back in the rear well of the Caprice Classic station wagon. Not the same as Bandit’s car. Some other classic Burt Reynolds’ movies I love are White Lightning, Hooper and Cannonball Run. Notice they are all related to hot rod cars.
Which brings me to my “antique and vintage” blog subject. Classic Cars are considered a collectible and to have this collection takes a lot of patience, time and money. They have shows, swaps and auctions similar to antique shows. Carlisle, Pa is an epicenter of car shows; just like specialty auctions of Prims and Mid-Century, there are Mustang shows and Ford shows. If you want to view a really great auto auction watch Barrett-Jackson Auction, it’s televised a couple times a year.
Take a spin locally— Wimpy and Dee’s Diner located on Horseshoe Pike in Honey Brook, PA has a great Car Show a few times each year and the Sonic, in Elverson has one most Thursdays in the summer months. Check out their Facebook pages for more details.
In addition to the Trans Am I would love to have a 1965 Ford Truck or a “Rat Rod” like The Munsters drove. Maybe down the road when the kids are out of college... In the mean time its watching old movies and dreaming.