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Overview (2)

Born in Buffalo, New York, USA
Died in USA  (Alzheimer's disease)

Mini Bio (1)

Brock Yates was born on October 21, 1933 in Buffalo, New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for The Cannonball Run (1981), Cannonball Run II (1984) and Smokey and the Bandit II (1980). He was married to Pamela. He died on October 5, 2016 in the USA.

Spouse (1)

Pamela (? - 5 October 2016) (his death) (5 children)

Trivia (6)

Brock Yates created the real-life "Cannonball Run" in 1971, as a coast to coast race. He was the sole entrant in the first run on April 1, 1971.
Drove a Dodge in early Trans-Am series races.
The movie "Cannonball Run" was based on the 5th - and last - running of the Cannon Ball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, in which Yates teamed with Hal Needham to race a 150-MPH van converted to be an ambulance, Yates' wife Pamela Reynolds riding on the gurney as ambulance. They didn't finish, but Yates wrote the screenplay, Needham directed the movie, and both appeared in cameo roles.
Editor with Car and Driver magazine [1997]
He served as a pit reporter for CBS Sports and also The Nashville Network for racing coverage on both networks.
Once owned a restaurant called "The Cannonball Run Pub & Restaurant" in Wyoming NY .. In 2006 the building and all it's contents were sold at auction,.The restaurant is now closed..

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