Topic: Thanks to Ed from Oklahoma!!!

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    May 23, 2007 at 8:16 am
    It was around 9:30 on the Tuesday morning of the start of the Bandit Run, and my buddy and I were as excited as we could be, laughing and joking, just a few miles from Texarkana. We had driven 500 miles in my '77 TA and were only 10 MILES away, and the waterpump goes out.

    Naturally I was as dejected as I've been in a LONG time sitting on the side of the road, when "Ed" from Oklahoma pulls in behind us and immediately starts calling parts places in Texarkana to locate a new water pump.

    Like us, he was on his way to the start of the Bandit Run but stayed there with us, followed the tow truck to the car museum and gave us a ride to the local parts store to pick up a waterpump. Talk about a stand up guy - a complete stranger yet he missed the start of the Bandit Run along with us and never said a word of regret about missing it, he just said that helping out a fellow Bandit runner was more important. He was the Bandit Runner in the black Chevy pickup with dual white stripes and made the run from Tupelo to Atlanta with his family. I can't say enough about his generosity.

    As for us, we got the waterpump changed out in the parking lot of the car museum and the guys there showed us the video of the start of the Bandit Run from that morning. We caught up with everyone in Tupelo that night, and the rest of the Run made our miserable first day worthwhile.

    Mine was the '77 TA with the dual carbs, and this Run gave me added incentive to get mine converted back to a hood scoop with stripes and bird so I won't feel like a "black sheep" next time. Might have the Restore-A-Musclecar guys help me out!

    Justin

     

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    aka Dual Carb Guy
    '77 SE Y81 w/ T-Tops, 4-speed
    '02 Grand Prix GT

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    May 23, 2007 at 8:44 am
    There are no Black Sheep of this group...... Your trans am was great, I ran next to on the track.... sounded good and looked great going around road atlanta......
    Maybe burt made the run in a black t/a, but I think our bandit run is for those with the passion to get out, meet new friends, and have a blast!! No matter what your driving.
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    May 23, 2007 at 8:52 am
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    Originally posted by floridatransam  There are no Black Sheep of this group...... Your trans am was great, I ran next to on the track.... sounded good and looked great going around road atlanta......
    Maybe burt made the run in a black t/a, but I think our bandit run is for those with the passion to get out, meet new friends, and have a blast!! No matter what your driving.


    I agree, all that is necessary is the love of the movie and a passion for the open road! biggrin image

     


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    May 23, 2007 at 9:24 am
    Thanks guys!

    And just to clarify, I didn't mean that I was made to feel like a "black sheep" by the folks on the Bandit Run - it was really just the opposite.

    I bought mine with the dual carbs and I'm just looking forward to converting it back to where it looks like all those other beautiful SE TA's that were there!

     

    Justin Hockersmith
    aka J. Hock.
    aka Dual Carb Guy
    '77 SE Y81 w/ T-Tops, 4-speed
    '02 Grand Prix GT

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    May 23, 2007 at 11:22 am
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    Originally posted by floridatransam  There are no Black Sheep of this group...... Your trans am was great, I ran next to on the track.... sounded good and looked great going around road atlanta......
    Maybe burt made the run in a black t/a, but I think our bandit run is for those with the passion to get out, meet new friends, and have a blast!! No matter what your driving.


    AMEN! Brother smile image

     

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    May 23, 2007 at 11:41 am
    I couldn't agree more. The spirit to run is all that was needed.There is something to be said about dual fours sticking out of a hood.

    I spoke with Ed, he was a great guy. Didn't know how great untill reading this.

     

    Keep on Pontiyakkin'

    Mark

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    May 23, 2007 at 1:43 pm
    Hey Justin,

    Here is the picture I took of you and your '77 'TA at the Tex-Ark Antique Auto Museum.

     

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    May 23, 2007 at 4:14 pm
    I really hope the majoriety of people that went this year goes back next year.. now that we kinda know eachother.. we can just right in and start BSing..biggrin image I didn't get to know everyone as much as I would have liked to.. the 1300 mile trip there took more out of me than I thought... but a blast non-the-less and WILL be there next year.. it would take something SEVERE to keep me from going back!

     

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    May 23, 2007 at 6:51 pm
    I would have to be 6ft under to not go back and then I would still be trying to dig myself out biggrin image I hope that by the time we meet again next year the friendships that were formed this year will flourish via the internet (or otherwise wink image )

     


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