Topic: Favorite Bandit Run Moments...
#1 Feb 3, 2011 at 10:49 amOK Bandits, it's time to dig deep into those memories and tell us one of your favorite stories, events or moments from a previous Run. This will be a good way to show the people who have never gone on the Run before that it's more than driving your car from point A to point B. Plus, hearing stories from past Runs will definitely get us pumped up for April!
I remember stopping in Sevierville, TN to visit the Muscle Car Museum. Walking around inside, looking at all the incredible cars from years passed---what a place! But finding myself more intrigued with standing in the 98 degree sun watching as runners came to help Clint change a flat tire on the Cop-car. Watching the guys dripping with sweat as they helped a fellow runner warmed my heart more than the rising heat index.
A dark, rainy night in Braselton, GA when we all still gathered together outside the hotel for drinks and conversation. That's when I sat with Jackie and Marcia and realized that with 80% of the runners being men, I could still get my "Girl-Talk" in.
Tail of the Dragon...need I say more??
Watching Dennis, Derek and Sarge smoking their tires outside the Daytona 500. Thinking to myself, "Good thing they didn't let these guys on the track!" (And going with Sarge the next day to get new tires at a local shop )
AH, the Bandit Run....priceless!!
Imagine the possibilities
#2 Feb 3, 2011 at 9:28 pmThe fiance and I have actually been to that museum in TN, and it was awesome! The sYc Camaro, the Superbird and two of the Vanishing Point Challengers!
Reading the stories gets us pumped up, we're super excited to meet everyone on our first run!
1987 Pontiac Trans Am
1988 Pontiac GTA
2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer
2001 Stingray 240LS
#3 Feb 3, 2011 at 10:03 pmYeah Tim & I visited that museum last year whilst on our vacation. All I can say is WOW !!!
A rare ZL1 Camaro did it for me but hey there was some awesome machines in there.
My favourite Bandit Run memory will be created this year so put your thinking caps on guys & make it memorable which I am sure you all can.
If ya can't be good --- be good at it !!!!
#4 Apr 8, 2011 at 10:12 pmBoy.. there were so many... from seeing the HUGE line of Trans Ams on the roads... to the COPS with video cameras as we flew by....
To driving our cars on Bristol! Unveiling the BRE T/A.... Replacing a water pump on a couple's car... to making a Macgyver oil funnel for another.. lol...
Seeing the museums with all the old beautiful cars....
Getting to hear all the stories from people about their first cars.. or the mods they've done...
Getting to see us on various TV and news Shows....
The life long friendships that were created each year...
The list could go on forever..
Maybe next year we could go back to the original run? I'll DEFINATELY find a way to be on that one again!
But in the end.. the experiences are undescribable! Thanks to everyone that have made the above happen!
-Geno (AKA MacGyver)
1983 WS6 "Wind Charger" (Getting revived)
1987 GTA "Project WS87" (Under construction)
2002 WS6 "Silver Streak" (Under raced)
#5 Apr 14, 2011 at 10:57 amDriving across the state of missouri with my 11 year old girl in out 81' TA and seeing her smile the whole trip! Doing laps at kansas speedway and hearing her say " Lets go faster dad! ".. Getting home and finding out we had a small oil leak and her being the first one to say..." Well,lets get her fixed for next year. " This bandit run for me and my daughter was PRICELESS!!!!!!
#6 Apr 19, 2011 at 8:54 amQuote:
Originally posted by 81301T Driving across the state of missouri with my 11 year old girl in out 81' TA and seeing her smile the whole trip! Doing laps at kansas speedway and hearing her say " Lets go faster dad! ".. Getting home and finding out we had a small oil leak and her being the first one to say..." Well,lets get her fixed for next year. " This bandit run for me and my daughter was PRICELESS!!!!!!
We were just talking yesterday about Paige and how everytime we saw her she had a huge smile on her face! It was easy to tell she was having the time of her life...and we were too! We loved every minute of the Bandit Run...it was our first year but it sure won't be our last year!!
81 Pontiac Trans Am SE
50 Chevy 5 window PU
2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse
#7 Apr 19, 2011 at 9:06 amLike everyone else we have tons of great memories and made some great friendships along the way, but one of my favorite memories from the Bandit Run was how (what seemed like) every single person who lives in the town of Mt Vernon along with their friends and relatives came out to see our cars! Seeing the little children holding Go Bandit Go signs and when watching the news story hearing a little girl say she had A LOT of fun seeing our cars. How cool is that?! I sent an email yesterday to the Chamber there and got a nice reply. Here it is:
On Apr 18, 2011 Sheri Nolan wrote:
I wanted to email a big thank you to the Mt. Vernon tourism folks who gave the Bandit Runners such a warm welcome and reception last week. It seemed the entire town was excited about our arrival! My husband and I were very touched by your generosity and kindness and the events that were organized. I know many of the Bandit Runners were similarly touched. Thank you very much for making our stay in Mt. Vernon a great memory!
From: Brandon Bullard <email@example.com>
Date: April 18, 2011
Thanks for note, I will be happy to forward to the appropriate others involved in the bandit run. I agree, it was a blast and what a wonderful happening in our community! I am proud to be a part of this community and to help host such a great event! Thanks for your feedback, and we look forward to having you come back for a visit soon!
Brandon Bullard- Executive Director-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
81 Pontiac Trans Am SE
50 Chevy 5 window PU
2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse
#8 Apr 20, 2011 at 12:51 pmMy favorite was the 1st day of the 2011 Run going to KC.
The track was a dream come true for me, but the trip along I-29 with Shaker on my rear bumper doing 100+ was something special, too!
Thanks for the back door, Ron!
Drive it like you stole it!
1966 Pontiac Catalina (project)
1979 Trans Am
1983 Trans Am
1995 Grand Prix GTP
1998 GMC Sierra
2004 Bonniville SLE
1960 Triumph 650
1982 Suzuki GS1100L
1991 Yamaha FJ1200
#9 Apr 20, 2011 at 8:49 pmMy dad being with me the entire trip was the best thing for me this year. Kansas Speedway and just plain driving the car is a huge WOW factor. Now gotta get him a TA and do it again. If you don't have a CB, you missed half the fun and Ricky Boobie was a new and unexpected twist this year
Any day above ground is a GOOD day!!!
Edited Apr 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm
#10 Feb 3, 2012 at 2:11 pmWell... I don't know where to start fellow Bandit Runners.... it's all good!
I liked not having to lead the crowd last year ... cruisin the first 1,100 miles or so with JesupTA just to get to Lincoln by Sunday afternoon!
Real good - all of it!
78 WS6 TA, Original Owner, Martinique Blue, Coupe
79 WS6 TA, Mayan Red, T-Tops
and a couple of others that will remain nameless!