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Newswire: R.I.P. Brock Yates, longtime Car And Driver editor and writer of Cannonball Run

7 October 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Brock Yates, the auto enthusiast and writer behind The Cannonball Run (both the actual race and the film series it inspired), died on Wednesday due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease, Deadline reports. The Lockport, NY native authored 14 automotive-themed books and served as executive editor of Car And Driver magazine for many years. He was 82.

In 1971, Yates and fellow C&D staffer Steve Smith conceived the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, an automotive race with no set route from New York City to Redondo Beach, California, as a tongue-in-cheek protest against increasingly strict traffic laws. Although the first race wasn’t particularly competitive, due to only one car participating, Yates did manage to win the first actual contest later that same year.

Yates co-wrote the screenplay to the 1980 box office hit Smokey And The Bandit II, alongside the film’s director Hal Needham, leading to an ...


- Dennis DiClaudio

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Brock Yates, Cannonball Run Creator, Passes Away at 82

6 October 2016 1:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Hollywood community is in mourning once again, after another icon passed away, and although you may not know him by name, you'll most likely know what he created. Brock Yates, a legendary automotive journalist and writer who created the iconic Cannonball Run cross-country road race, died earlier today at the age of 82. The writer passed from complications due to Alzheimer's Disease.

Deadline reported on his death earlier today. Brock Yates was born October 21, 1933 in Buffalo, New York, the son of author Raymond F. Yates. He started writing about the automotive industry at the age of 16, when his first articles appeared in Science and Mechanics Magazine. After graduating from Hobart College and serving in the U.S. Navy, he started his career as a journalist with Car & Driver Magazine, where he held various editorial titles. He has also served as a TV commentator for Nascar's Winston Cup races, but he »

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David Huddleston, Acclaimed Character Actor, Dead At Age 85

5 August 2016 10:41 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Huddleston and John Wayne in Howard Hawks' 1970 Western "Rio Lobo".

By Lee Pfeiffer

Like many character actors, David Huddleston's name may not be familiar to movie fans- but they certainly would recognize him, especially if they are retro film fans. Huddleston, who this week at age 85, was a star of stage and screen. He  began making feature films in the 1960s and became steadily employed in both low-budget and major Hollywood productions, generally playing  folksy, good old boy Southern characters, though he did snag the title role in the 1985 Salkind production of "Santa Claus" as well as the 1998 Coen Brothers cult classic "The Big Lebowski". He scored with audiences for his performance as the foul-mouthed town dignitary in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" and appeared in "Capricorn One", 'Smokey and the Bandit II", "Haunted Honeymoon" and two films with John Wayne: Howard Hawks' "Rio Lobo »

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Great Double Features I’Ve Seen #1: Smokey And The Bandit (1977) And Convoy (1978)

12 March 2016 11:50 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

(This is the first in an occasional series in which I remember some of the best double features I’ve been lucky enough to see projected in a theater.)

The New Beverly Cinema, the oldest surviving revival theater in Los Angeles, has this week dished up a time-capsule glimpse into America’s popular obsession with Cb, or citizen’s band, radio and the largely mythological outlaw trucker culture through which it crackled. If you’re of a certain age (mine), and you ever cruised around town or down the highway jabbering to friends and strangers on an open channel frequency (I did—my handle was The Godfather!), given the opportunity I don’t see how you could possibly resist the chance to see the ultimate trucker-cb action-comedy pairing, Hal Needham’s Smokey and the Bandit and Sam Peckinpah’s Convoy. (I couldn’t!) As of this writing, the morning of »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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