HAMPTON, Ga. (March 30, 2017) – When it first hit theaters in 1977, “Smokey and the Bandit,” the Southern-fried, high-speed adventure film featuring Burt Reynolds and Sally Field, became an instant American action-comedy favorite, featuring the exploits of Reynolds’ wily character, Bandit, in a high-stakes, cross-country mission to fetch bootlegged beer for a wealthy family of race car sponsors.
Alongside Reynolds and Field, the vehicles themselves that were used in the production of the movie became characters of their own. Forty years later, those same vehicles – Bandit’s 1977 Trans-Am, Snowman’s tractor trailer and Smokey’s mangled patrol car – will return to Atlanta, their original destination in the movie, and will be on display at the 2017 Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama at Atlanta Motor Speedway April 22 and 23.
Tyler Hambrick, a Smokey and the Bandit enthusiast who organizes the annual Snowman’s Run that traces the original route from Texarkana, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia driven by Snowman in the movie, owns the replica vehicles and tours the country, making appearances at various shows where other movie enthusiasts gather as part of a non-profit charity to benefit wounded U.S. veterans.
“We are super excited to come out to the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama with our Smokey and the Bandit vehicles as part of the 40th anniversary of the movie’s release,” said Hambrick. “We look forward to the opportunity to be a part of the show.”
Several scenes in the movie and its subsequent sequels were filmed at Atlanta Motor Speedway as well as other locations in and around Georgia, including Jonesboro, Cumming and McDonough.
The 4th Annual Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama, Georgia’s gigantic motoring festival celebrating anything with an engine, returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway April 22-23, 2017. Spectator admission is just $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 to 11 and free for children 5 and under.
For more information or to register your vehicle today, visit www.atlantamotorama.com or contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or (877) 9-AMS-TIX.