You might be familiar with the movie "The Cannonball Run," but did you know there's a true story behind it? The first Cannonball Run took place in 1971 and was won by a Dodge van racing almost 3,000 miles cross-country. Take this quiz and learn more about the real Cannonball Run.
Question 1 of 20
What was the name of the lead actor in the 1981 movie, "The Cannonball Run"?
Question 2 of 20
Most people thought that the movie was based on a _____ cross-country car race.
Question 3 of 20
The real Cannonball Run was a car race between New York and California that took place four times. When?
Question 4 of 20
Who won the first Cannonball Run in 1971?
Question 5 of 20
Nowadays it would be virtually impossible to stage a race of this nature in the U.S. Why?
Question 6 of 20
With the introduction of the then 55-mph speed limit on U.S. roads, what did Yates set out to prove?
Question 7 of 20
What is the speed limit on Germany's Autobahn?
Question 8 of 20
In the first run, Yates and his team of three drove from New York to Los Angeles, a distance of 2,858 miles (4,599 km). How long did it take?
Question 9 of 20
What was the race known as prior to its being called the Cannonball Run?
Question 10 of 20
Who was the race originally named for?
Question 11 of 20
There were eight teams in the first Cannonball Run. As part of the rules, what did they have to pay money for?
Question 12 of 20
In the first Cannonball Run, why did some drivers drive fairly tamely through certain states?
Question 13 of 20
What was the unusual story behind the Cadillac Sedan de Ville that participated in the first race?
Question 14 of 20
Did anyone get a ticket for speeding in the first Cannonball Run?
Question 15 of 20
Who made this famous quote in the L.A. Times, "At no time did we exceed 175 mph"?
Question 16 of 20
Which publication brought the Cannonball Run to the fore of mainstream media with an article about the race?
Question 17 of 20
Which actor was the movie script written for?
Question 18 of 20
When The Cannonball Run hit the silver screen in 1981, how did it fare?
Question 19 of 20
Why was a fake ambulance used both in real life and in the movie?
Question 20 of 20