Seventh Annual RAMC Bandit Run a Success

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Restore a Muscle Car’s Seventh Annual Bandit Run saw one of their largest turnouts yet.

Restore a Muscle Car’s (RAMC) seventh annual Bandit Run saw one of their largest turnouts yet. The 2013 run started with a kick-off bash held at RAMC, which featured legendary stuntman and “Smokey and the Bandit” director Hal Needham. The kick-off event drew in around 700 people. Of those 700, 300 participated in the run, which consisted of 145 cars.

The Bandit Run was created to reenact the drive in the movie “Smokey and the Bandit” and get classic cars out of the garage and onto the road. Participants took a new route this year and traveled through the states of Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado.

There were many highlights of the 2013 Bandit Run, including Needham’s appearance at the kick-off bash on July 13th. Needham participated in a book signing at RAMC and a question and answer session later that night at the Rococo Theater. RAMC would like to extend a special thank you to Needham for attending this year’s event.

“It was a great day and an honor to meet all the Bandit Runners and fans, sign autographs, and take pictures at the kick-off party in Lincoln,” said Needham.

The new Western route helped contribute to the large Bandit Run turnout. It included stops at Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, and Sturgis. In Laramie, WY, WyoTech students helped owners wash their cars after the day’s drive from Rapid City. That evening a car show was held in the hotel parking lot with free food, drinks and a live band.

Bandit Run participant, Dwight Dunsworth said, “The Laramie and WyoTech folks went all out to show their appreciation for the Bandit Run stopping in their community.”

Runners from around the world participated in the Bandit Run. A couple from Australia enjoyed their honeymoon on the run and three others from the country participated, as well. The Bandit Run also saw participants from Germany and Canada.

David Holmes, a Canadian participant said, “The scenery we see driving is fantastic and the route changes every year has allowed me to see more of the U.S. than most Americans have.”

For more information about RAMC and Bandit Run, contact info(at)restoreamusclecar(dot)com.

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