The man who started the Cannonball Run races from New York to California
died at age 82 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease; the
racers sometimes streaked down roads like Highway 58 on the Mojave desert
at speeds of up to 175 MPH.
Mr. Yates, an automotive writer angered at what he considered the bland
and uninventive cars being produced in Detroit, came up with the idea
for the coast-to-coast race in the early 1970s. In a 1971 test run, Mr.
Yates and a friend drove a van from New York to California in under forty-one
hours. A few months later, Mr. Yates announced the creation of the Cannonball
Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. He named the race in honor of
Erwin “Cannonball” Baker, who drove from coast to coast in
under sixty hours in the 1920s. Mr. Yates participated in the first
Cannonball Run himself; he later recalled that the only scary moment was when his Ferrari
skidded over an icy bridge in Arizona at 125mph.
There were four other Cannonball Runs in the 1970s, and the race was featured
in several Hollywood movies, including
Cannonball Run, Cannonball Run II, andThe Gumball Rally; Mr. Yates wrote the screenplays for both
Cannonball Run racers accepted speeding tickets as part of the cost of
doing business, because back in the 1970s, penalty assessments were almost
nonexistent and out-of-state tickets might not show up on an insurance
company’s report. Neither of those things are true now, because
information about anything is just a few clicks away and a
VC 22348(b) citation costs about $900 for a first offense. Additionally, there is
a mandatory license suspension, two points on your license, and a tremendous
insurance premium increase. The best approach in these cases is to get
the charges reduced to
regular speeding, because the penalties are substantially less.
Getting Legal Help
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giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
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