The screenwriter was automotive journalist Brock Yates, who had conceived the real-life Cannonball Baker event.
Yates had originally proposed the race as a writer for Car and Driver.
Glover implores JJ and Victor to help, but when they tell Foyt to enter the ambulance through the back door, they kidnap Glover and take off without Foyt.
The film is based on the 1979 running of an actual cross-country outlaw road race beginning in Connecticut and ending in California.One of 1981's most successful films at the box office, it was followed by Cannonball Run II (1984), and Speed Zone (1989).The Right Bra team was put together by rail-thin auto writer Judy Stropus, race driver Donna Mae Mims and Peggy Niemcek, whose husband was part of another entry, driving a Cadillac limo. and Victor participate in the Cannonball Run in an ambulance: a heavily modified Dodge Tradesman van. In an attempt to appear legitimate to law enforcement, the team of J. and Victor hires Doctor Nikolas Van Helsing, a frightening, yet friendly, physician of questionable skill played by Jack Elam.In the movie, it became a two-woman team led by buxom Adrienne Barbeau driving a Lamborghini, but as auto writer Stropus said decades later, "a little editorial license never hurt anyone." that Stropus's version of the race does not mention the baptism with green fluid from the porta-potty the three girls experienced when the limo overturned. They kidnap attractive young photographer Pamela Glover (Farrah Fawcett) — whom they nickname "Beauty" — to be their cover patient.This and the 1984 sequel were the final film appearances of actor Dean Martin.
Race teams have gathered in Connecticut to start a cross-country car race. Foyt), a representative of the "Safety Enforcement Unit", who tries to stop the race because of its environmental effects and safety issues.A biker gang (led by Peter Fonda) shows up and begins harassing Compton and Finch.It quickly gets out of hand and a free-for-all fistfight ensues. Naturally, the Subaru team also joins in (Jackie Chan puts his martial arts skills to work) and fists and kicks fly.Cannonball Run featured an all-star cast, including these actors: The film continued director Hal Needham's tradition of showing bloopers during the closing credits (a practice he started with Smokey and the Bandit II).Jackie Chan says this inspired him to do the same at the end of most of his films.Various teams are shown either evading law enforcement, most of which deal with talking their way out of a possible ticket, or concocting crazy schemes to outmaneuver their opponents.