Brock Yates, Automotive Journalist, Dies at age 82.

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Brock Yates, Automotive Journalist, Dies at age 82.

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Brock Yates, Automotive Journalist, Screenwriter for 'The Cannonball Run,' Dies at 82

Brock Yates, the automotive journalist and inventor of The Cannonball Run who wrote the screenplay for the 1981 film about the renegade cross-country road race that starred Burt Reynolds, has died. He was 82.

Yates, who earlier had penned the script for Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), another car movie that starred Reynolds and was directed by Hal Needham, died Wednesday, his son announced.

"Today, after suffering with Alzheimer's for the last 12 years, my father finally succumbed," Brock Yates Jr. wrote on Facebook. "He touched many lives, but sadly no more."

A longtime writer and editor at Car and Driver magazine, Yates launched the first Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash in 1971. The unsanctioned event was held to protest the imminent 55-mph national speed limit, The first running of the Cannonball in November 1971 produced a New York City to Redondo Beach, California, transit time of 35 hours and 54 minutes. The winning car was a Ferrari Daytona, driven by Brock and Dan Gurney.

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The Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash
Dan Gurney and Brock Yates race across country in a day and a half.

Mar 1972 By BROCK YATES Photography By HUMPHREY SUTTON

hose damn fools, they went and did it. Shortly after midnight on the 15th of November, 1971, six outlandish vehicles, manned by 16 even more outlandish drivers, co-drivers, navigators, mechanics—and a TWA stewardess, for God's sake—scattered out of the Red Ball Garage on East 31st Street in New York City and headed west. A few hours passed and two more entrants joined the chase—a coast-to-coast epic that will be remembered as the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. Eight vehicles in all, 23 lunatics.

Less than a day-and-a-half later (six minutes less to be precise), the first car, a mud-streaked Ferrari Daytona, yowled into the parking lot of the Portofino Inn in the marina of Redondo Beach, California, 2863 miles from New York. In the next three hours, four more machines had checked in, and the exhausted, red-eyed competitors were lounging around, breathing the gentle Pacific air, stretching their cramped, grubby bodies in the warm sun and exchanging tales of their adventures. ........

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