Is this true??!?!?!?!?

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  1. Did this happen?

    Brock Yates (Dan Gurney) 1991 Arrest Interview (1095 words) #432440 

    Here's reported excerpts from a police interview (supposed to be printed in the December 1991 issue of C&D). Whether it's actual or "urban legend" is beyond me...but it's fun reading for sure.

    An interview with Brock Yates, Editor at Large of C & D, organizer of the Cannonball series of races across America, and arrested for driving at 109mph on 190th St, Redondo Beach, Ca.

    Police: Mr Yates, you realize that driving 109 miles an hour on a city street constitutes a serious offense?
    Yates: Uh, yes.
    Police: You look very tired. Have you been on the road long?
    Yates: You could say that.
    Police: How long would that be?
    Yates: Uh, about 27 hours and 44 minutes. Up until your man nailed us.
    Police: Where were you coming from?
    Yates: Uh, back east.
    Police: How far back east?
    Yates: Manhattan.
    Police: Kansas?
    Yates: Not exactly.
    Police: New York?
    Yates: Uh, you could say that.
    Police: (long pause)You are saying that it took you and Mr Gurney 27hrs and
    44 minutes to drive to 190th street in Redondo Beach?
    Yates: Well, we had to stop for gas.
    Police: Mr Yates, are you aware that it's nearly 3000 miles from
    New York City to Redondo Beach? Are you on drugs?
    Yates: Legal. All legal.
    Police: Will you submit to a test?
    Yates: (Subject held out a pale arm)You want blood? Take all you want.
    Police: (after blood is drawn)You are suggesting that you and Mr. Gurney drove 3000 miles in less than 28 hours?
    Yates: Of course not. That's impossible.
    Police: Meaning what?
    Yates: Meaning that our route was only 2870 miles long.
    Police: That still means that you were averaging over 100 miles an hour up
    until the time you were apprehended.
    Yates: I told you. We had to stop for gas.
    Police: Mr Gurney told the arresting officer that you never once exceeded
    175 miles an hour. Surely you didn't run that fast on public roads?
    Yates: Well, the Daytona is 20 years old. I mean, what the hell do
    you expect? We could only get about 7 grand in fifth gear.
    That's barely 170.
    Police: That's outrageous.
    Yates: Don't blame the car. We thought it would run quicker too.
    Police: You miss my point. Was this some kind of race you were in?
    Yates: Not exactly.
    Police: A test?
    Yates: Not really. It was sort of a favor to an old pal.
    Police: A favor?
    Yates: You see, Gurney is a pal. I ran into him at a big race at Watkins
    Glen. Kirk White was there too.
    Police: Kirk White?
    Yates: Another pal. He owns the car. The Ferrari Daytona.
    Police: So?
    Yates: So this is the same Daytona that he lent us in 1971.
    Police: I don't understand.
    Yates: The Cannonball. Gurney and I ran the first Cannonball in
    that same Ferrari. In 1971. Don't you read the papers?
    Police: I was a junior in high school. What does all this have to do
    with your speeding charge?
    Yates: It was like this. First I was just going to give Dan a ride to the
    airport. The we got to thinking. It'd been 20 years since the 1971
    run. A few guys had beaten our record of 35 hours and 54 minutes...
    Which we did in a bloody snowstorm, with no CB, and no radar
    detector or any other sissy stuff. (Subject showed sign of
    considerable stress during this portion of the interrogation.) So
    Gurney and I decided to show this new generation of weenies how to
    do it.
    Police: So you reran the 1971 Cannonball? Is that what you're telling me?
    Yates: Uh, you could say that. Or you could say that I was just giving
    Gurney a lift home.
    Police: Were you arrested at any other time during this trip?
    Yates: Uh, no.
    Police: Not even stopped?
    Yates: Well, we had sort of a counseling session in Ohio, but the cop let
    us go.
    Police: How fast were you going?
    Yates: We were a little nervous about being low on fuel so we were
    only going about 140. The officer took that into consideration.
    Police: He let you go?
    Yates: Sure. Ohio troopers are real understanding. He even gave us this
    little badge here. (Subject displayed miniature Ohio trooper badge).
    A nice gesture from some grand guys.
    Police: No other stops? No other attempts to stop this madness?
    Yates: A trooper in Missouri turned his flashing lights on, but we were so
    far ahead of him and so much faster that we figured he had better
    things to do than to drive all that way to catch up with us.
    Police: You're supposed to pull over when you see flashing lights.
    Yates: Only when they're in front of saloons and massage parlours...just
    kidding. A little joke there.
    Police: Very little.
    Yates: Sorry about that.
    Police: Okay. So what you're telling me is that this was the same Ferrari
    that you and Mr Gurney drove 20 years ago?
    Yates: The very same.
    Police: Do you know that the speed limit on 190th is 35.
    Yates: You're kidding.
    Police: Can't you read?
    Yates: Sure. But I thought that only applied to school zones.
    Police: Did Mr Gurney do much of the driving?
    Yates: If you had one of the great racing drivers of history in your car,
    wouldn't you let him drive?
    (at this point, Dr Lemley Watts returned with the results of Mr Yates's
    blood test. The doctor noted a high level of fatigue, and even higher
    levels of fat, carbohydrate and caffeine in the subject's bloodstream.
    Enough, in the doctor's own words, to "fuel the Missouri in a heavy

    The Interview was continued the following day and went as follows:

    Police: Was your corrective detention area comfortable?
    Yates: You mean the cell? Yeah. Except for the guy in the upper bunk who
    thinks he's Charlie Manson's personal trainer.
    Police: Do you feel remorse for what you've done?
    Yates: Tons.
    Police: For violating speed laws, humiliating police officers, endangering
    the public. All that?
    Yates: Uh, no.
    Police: What?
    Yates: I'm remorseful because we had a hell of a run going there. We'd
    have broken 28 hours for sure.
    Police: A hundred miles and hour. Coast to coast. I don't know what decent
    citizens are to think.
    Yates: Tripped on the threshold of immortality.
    Police: Look, seriously. how fast did you go really? I mean, is this a hoax
    or what?
    Yates: I told you. We never went over 175. It was the gas stops that killed
    us. Now that I think about it, that's a metaphor for life: every time you get up to speed, you've got to stop for gas. Ain't life a #%[email protected]?
  2. that's awesome
  3. That's obviously not a real transcript of the dialogue because Brock Yates never uses words with less than four syllables.
  4. THAT'S #$%#ING AWESOME (despite that I have no idea who Yates is)
  5. Cannonball run?!
    Car and Driver?!
  6. Brock Yates is one of the best-known, most respected automotive journalists in the world, who has achieved recognition in the fields of magazine writing, books, screenwriting and television commentary.

    He is Editor-at-Large and featured columnist for "Car and Driver" magazine. He is also a commentator for the "Speedvision" Motorsports Cable Network.

    From 1984 to 1992 he co-hosted the award-winning sports series, "The American Sports Cavalcade" and also hosted his own show, "The Great Drivers" on the The Nashville Network. He worked with CBS Sports as a color commentator from 1976 to 1984. Yates wrote the screenplays for "The Cannonball Run" and "Smokey and the Bandit II", both starring Burt Reynolds.

    He is the originator and organizer of the famed "Cannonball Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dashes" and the more recent internationally recognized "One Lap of America" endurance event.

    His books include "The Decline and Fall of the American Automobile Industry" (Empire Books, Random House, 1983), "Dead in the Water" (a novel, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1976), "Sunday Driver" (Farrar, Straus & Grioux, 1972) which concerned his racing experiences in the SCCA Trans-Am series, and "Enzo Ferrari" (Doubleday, 1990) a biography of the famed car builder.

    "The Critical Path" (1996) published by Little, Brown chronicled the design and development of the Chrysler Minivan. His book about the social impact of Harley-Davidson motorcycles titled “Outlaw Machine” (Little, Brown), was published in 1999. A paperback edition is being published by Broadway Books.

    Yates is a winner of the Ken Purdy Award for Automotive Journalism and a winner of the Playboy Magazine award for editorial excellence, as well as numerous other journalism prizes. He has written extensively for "Playboy", "LIFE", "Sports Illustrated", "American Heritage", "Reader's Digest", "American Spectator", the "Washington Post Sunday Magazine" and “The Wall Street Journal.” As well as numerous televison documentaries.

    He is also an active commentator on automotive industry matters and has appeared on a number of major television talk shows, including "Today", "The Tonight Show", "CBS Morning News" and "This week with David Brinkley", CNN and “The News Hour with Brian Williams” on MSNBC, “The Fox News Network”, PBS and countless radio talk shows around the nation.

    While retired from active competition, he remains close to automobile racing as a journalist and commentator. His leisure time is occupied with high speed boats, motorcycle riding, shooting and other outdoor sports. He collects and races vintage American racing cars.

    He is married to Pamela Yates and has four children. They make their home in the tiny Upstate New York village of Wyoming, where his "Cannonball Run Pub" is part of his wife's business complex. They spend their summers in Alexandria Bay in the 1,000 Islands region of the St. Lawrence. He is listed in the 1995 edition of "Who's Who in America".
  7. 1- YES, OF COURSE
    2- UH? is that a amgazine?
  11. Hey, what happened with 4. ? I like the number 4...
  13. Hahaha awsome. The pinnacle of automotive irresponsibility.
  15. When you said that, I thought "Chevrolet Corvair".... I don't know why...
  16. Spanish schools are worse than Belarus´ (a fact by the UN), The only one with right to be an illiterated is me!!!
  17. That made me laugh.
  18. Not really, the whole point of the original races in the 70s was to show that high speed roadways were feasible and reliable. By 1979, after the last race, "Cannonballer cars had now run over 300,000 miles, averaging over 76mph with only two minor accidents, involving no serious injuries".
  19. So crossing the US in 27 hours is responsible now?

    I suppose I would be more afraid of some dumbass blonde in an suf talking on the cell and doing her nails, but don't tell me that it's a good thing. I have nothing against speeding, I do it all the time. Its just irresponsible.
  20. look up his editoral in the march 72 issue of car and driver and you'll understand...or better yet, read his boook

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