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Gentlemen, start your Trans Ams!

If the movie “Smokey and the Bandit” has a special place in your heart—and particularly if you have a Pontiac Trans Am in your garage—you need to check out the Bandit Run, a road trip that celebrates the movie and the car that made it great.

Automobile Magazine went along on the first run in 2007, a sprint from Texarkana to Atlanta http://www.automobilemag.com/features/great_drives/0708_run_bandits_run/index.html. The Bandit Run is now in its fifth year, and the 2011 itinerary takes Bandit Runners from Lincoln, Nebraska (home to Trans Am restoration specialists and Bandit Run organizers Restore a Muscle Car) to Braselton, Georgia. The dates are April 9-15, and the event is open to “Smokey and the Bandit” enthusiasts no matter what car they drive.

For more information, go to http://www.motortopia.com/car-groups/the-bandit-run-775

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