Cannonball Run 2001: Race Across America

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  1. Matthew Chmiel

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    Am I the only person watching this show (Cannonball Run 2001: Race Across America) on the USA Network? [​IMG] If you don't know what it is, it's basically a reality series based on the Cannonball Run race. Six teams, and they must get from New York to Los Angeles in ten days, and they must not pass the speed limit (now that's not fun [​IMG]).
    The show is better than most reality series out there now. I just wished they got rid of that announcer guy who pops in every now and then as it makes the show feel "serious" when I don't think anybody can take this show "serious" at all.
    I watched the first episode last night and any show that has two frat boys teamed up with an old lady, two rednecks hooked up with a nice looking girl, or two playboy bunnies with a seminary student is worth a watch in my book. [​IMG]
    Also, I want either The Castaways or Hip Hop and Pop (and with the first episode, they're most likely) to win. [​IMG]
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    Sounds good, but 10 days?
    I can remember a couple of cross-country (California to Massachussetts) roadtrips as a small kid that took 7 days max.
    My dad was one of those obsessive guys who insisted on making at least 600 miles a day. These trips occurred in 1955 in a 53 Chevy Convertible, and again in 58 in a 58 Buick, before the interstate highway system was finished. Both trips were in summer and neither car had ac. No flat tires, mechanical failures, or any other real problems, but we did go over the speed limit.
    BTW, in 1958 the speed limit on the Oklahoma Turnpike and Will Rogers Turnpike was 85 mph.
    I just realized how much the above looks like one of those "we walked 20 miles through the snow to school every day" old-fart rants--sorry.
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    My parents drove from Grautin (sp?) Connecticut to Sand Diego in six days in 1966 (I am sure they didn't stick to the speed limit). I spent most of the trip in the back of our Rambler station wagon.
    I didn't know the show was on yet. I'll have to check it out. Too bad they didn't get the announcer from Death Race 2000 (I think he's also in Grand Theft Auto).
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    Me and my 3 (older) sisters drove from NJ all the way to Calgary, Alberta in about 5 days (my father was the only one to drive) in a Country Squire station wagon. We used to live on Spam and Vienna sausage and sleep in the back of the wagon. The seats were vinyl and the AC didn't matter, you'd stick to the vinyl seats in below 0 weather! Also, we'd also pick up tons of grasshoppers, dragonflies and bugs on the huge front radiator grill on the wagon...
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    One can make the trip from NY to LA non-stop in less than 3 days. (only 50 hours of actual driving at speed limit rides) Of course that is rotating drivers who are able to get some sleep between sessions. But with 3 people in a team I'd think it would be easy to do.
    Found the website. Ugh. They are certainly not taking the "easy" route. For one thing they are driving all the way down to Atlanta? Also it seems they have to stop periodically to perform various challenges.
    [Edited last by Danny R on August 07, 2001 at 11:41 AM]
     
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    The people on MTV's "Jackass" ran the Gumball3k race (it was one of their episodes this season).
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    [Edited last by Greg_R on August 07, 2001 at 07:46 PM]
     
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    The bicycle RAAM has been done in a little over 8 days.
     
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    Greag, yeah I heard they were gonna do a thing about the Gumball 3K, but since I never watch "Jackass" I missed it. Was it any good?
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    The contest is actually "6 team, 5 days, to get from New York to L.A."
    I have been watching it since the first night and absolutely love it. Spoiler:I was really dissapointed when "Forbidden Fruit" got disqualified for taking "The Castaways" keys. I think I am in love with the Russian playmate from "Forbidden Fruit", Natalia Sokolov. [​IMG]
    For anyone who is interested in watching this great little show...USA is playing all 5 episodes starting at 1:00pm on Sunday, August 12th.
    Ladies & Gentlemen, Set your TiVo's!
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  13. Matthew Chmiel

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    Couldn't they show...
    "Six team, nine days, five episodes?"
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  14. Matthew Chmiel

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    Just watched the repeat of tonight's episode and...
    Spoiler:The Castaways are "roadkill!"
    And they were one of the teams I wanted to win! Hopefully, the "frat bastards" will lose big time on the finale (tonight) and either...
    Spoiler:Hip Hop and Pop and The Third Wheal
    win. [​IMG]
    And during the sneek peek of tonight's episode looks like Jane and Matt will be spliting up. Uh oh....
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    I've seen previews for this show. So who's winning so far, Burt Renolds and captain Chaos in their ambulance, Roger Moore in his 007 car, or the two hot chicks in the black Lamboraguini?
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    John, actually Jackie Chan in his high tech Subaru. [​IMG]
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    The Gumball 3000 episode of Jackass was the most tame Jackass ever. It was also an hourlong, and they teased the American Gumball 3000, from LA to NY. It was funny, but Jack really tried to be more of a document of this trip than something that makes you laugh out loud (which the low-brow antics usually make me do, in the same vein that one watches a Three Stooges marathon). The formula of the show (wild, short bits that top each other, until we get the last sketch, which is almost always the best.) was changed, and it really didn't work that well, but it certainly wasn't the worst Jackass ever.
    Highlights were Bunny and Steve-O wrestling in the car, Steve-O's stay at the hotel, and just the assorted bits of the guy's fucking around in the car.
    Well that's for those that are interested in Jackass's version (I haven't watched, and don't plan on it, the USA version.)
     

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