Bandit Run Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Classic Movie and Awarded Keys to the City of Texarkana

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Bandit Run celebrates 35th anniversary of classic movie with a tour through the South. Restore a Muscle Car owner and operator, Dave Hall awarded keys to city of Texarkana.

What better way to celebrate an anniversary of an iconic movie than with a caravan of classic muscle cars?

That's just want happened this summer when muscle car enthusiasts, movie fans and lovers of Americana gathered in Texarkana, Arkansas to kickoff the 2012 Bandit Run by Restore a Muscle Car. The sixth annual cruise celebrated the 35th anniversary of the release of the movie "Smokey and the Bandit. At the conclusion of the event, Mayor Smith from Texarkana, AR and Mayor Mayo of Texarkana, TX presented Dave Hall owner and operator of Restore a Muscle Car with two keys to either side of the state divided city, an honor only awarded twice in the city’s history.

“It once again proved to be a great time on the road with hundreds of muscle cars, friends and a love for the movie that started it all. Each year’s Run seems to live up to the expectations of the last Run and this year was no exception,” said Restore a Muscle Car owner and operator Dave Hall.

In 1977, Burt Reynolds, Jerry Reed, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason introduced us to Snowman, The Bandit, Frog and Sheriff Buford T. Justice in the action comedy. Each year the Bandit Run retraces the route driven by the Bandit and Snowman from Texarkana, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia. The final stop for the tour will be the YearOne facility in Braselton, Georgia.

The Bandit Run originated in 2007 when Restore a Muscle Car Owner Dave Hall and Trans Am enthusiast David Hershey decided to celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Smokey and the Bandit," by reenacting the route driven in the movie. Subsequent runs have traversed different parts of the country. This year's route includes stops in Texarkana, Lafayette, LA, Biloxi, MS, Birmingham, AL, and Braselton.

The event was open to everyone, including those not driving Pontiacs. This annual traveling car show offers an opportunity for gear heads, Trans Am enthusiasts, fans of "Smokey and the Bandit" and others to embrace a uniquely Americana-flavored event.

“We had an extraordinary time traveling through the bayous and swamplands of America and staying two nights on the gorgeous gulf in Biloxi, MS," Michelle Hall, Dave’s wife said. "The towns we visited along the way this year were so supportive and definitely went above and beyond for our Runners! Now, we’re already busy planning and anticipating the route for the upcoming 2013 Bandit Run.”

The sixth annual Bandit Run featured a caravan of 120 muscle cars, including many classic Trans Am models that looked like the same "Bandit" Burt Reynolds drove in the movie. To find out more go to TheBanditRun.com. For more information or to set up interviews or pictures with Bandit Run participants, contact info(at)restoreamusclecar(dot)com.

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