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The Gumball Rally (1976) Poster

Goofs

Continuity 

As a car begins to ride on two side wheels down a Los Angeles freeway, the driver suddenly sports a crash helmet.
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Boom mic visible 

When Franco removes the Ferrari's rear-view mirror, the boom mic is clearly reflected in the car's windshield.
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Continuity 

Scene shifts from night to day when the motorcyclist runs off the road.
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In the start-of-race sequence, set between 6:00 AM and 6:05 in Manhattan, a car passes a bank clock reading 10:26 (the light seems to support that).
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As the "fake police car" leaves the starting point in NYC, it gets hit by the a undercover police car on the rear left side of the bumper and trunk, but in the next shot the "fake police car" shows no signs of damage.
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When Franco is at the second gas station he comes across the scent of a woman, and is not wearing his glasses, but in the next shot he has his glasses on.
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The Cobra has visible front-end damage when it is on the interstate towards the end of the race. In the waterways, the front end is intact.
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During the scene where the racers are walking the streets of NYC to the restaurant, there is a taxi in the foreground with the time/temp reflected on its rear passenger's window. The time shows (mirrored) 6:45. However, seconds later, in the same tracking shot, Roscoe says, "It's 9:05, I'll will check in again at 10".
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Toward the end (at about 1:28:50 we see Lapchik (the motorcyclist) on the highway. His jacket is almost totally gone; he's naked from the waist up other than a few tatters from his T-shirt. A short while later, in LA (starting at about 1:29:30, then at the very end, at 1:43:37, when he crashes into the ocean) he still has his full jacket.
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(at around 41 mins) Graves says, "Now we can start running!" and puts his pipe in his mouth. Bannon says, "How's our time?" We cut back to Graves as he checks his watch; his pipe is nowhere in sight.
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Errors in geography 

All of the set-piece scenes with Roscoe and various state Highway Patrol units trying to bust the ralliers were shot on the same location, so that mountains are visible in the background in sequences supposedly taking place in flat Midwestern states.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

While being pelted with bugs, Lapchick lifts his right hand off the throttle to wipe his visor. He should have immediately slowed and the tone of his engine should have changed. Proof that the motorcycle and Lapchick were being towed on a trailer while being filmed. Some motorcycles of the time have throttle lock switches, that would enable the driver to lock the throttle in a desired position. If Lapchik's motorcycle was equipped with this feature, this would in fact, be possible.

Revealing mistakes 

There is a sign for I-80 in Illinois on a road that is clearly not of Interstate quality.
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When the Acme Plumbing van is running from the trail of burning gasoline, you can see the fire extending in front of the van. It is most noticeable right after the passenger says "You can't out run it".
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