In 1914 Erwin “Cannonball” Baker set the first cross country record on his Indian Motorcycle accomplishing his trans continental trip in 11 days. Soon after he would switch from motorcycles to automobiles and in 1933 he set a record traveling from New York to Los Angeles in a Graham-Page Model 57 Blue Streak 8, the drive became known as the “Cannonball Run” and thus gave birth to the car rally.
“At no time did we exceed 175 MPH.”
It would not be until 1971 when Brock Yates a reporter for Car and Driver Magazine would bring back the Cannonball legend hosting five runs in total. The most famous of them being in 1972 when Dan Gurney and Brock Yates driving a Ferrari Daytona accomplished the run in 35 hours and 54 minutes; forever changing the landscape for what modern car rallies are about. His famous quote still synonymous with irreverent ralliers today…
Highways allow for efficient commuting, and our luggage concierge will take full advantage of those roads to ensure our bags arrive before we do. But route planning allows for magnificent views and unforgettable experiences, and that’s exactly what the CBRR collective has spent the time to put together. Daily drives on roads unexpected. Off the beaten path, where speed is not a priority but instead, the experience is. Back roads, small towns, amazing views, those are the ingredients we use to create memories of a lifetime.
Our launch party will be reminiscent of a 1940’s “house party”, thrown in the true spirit of racing. The backdrop starts with a mansion built in 1893 and will include dinner and an evening filled with live entertainment, beverages of the adult nature, and everything else the venue has to offer, at our disposal. The Wheatleigh will set the bar for what will be a week to remember.
We will be the first rally to host its closing party in Havana which brings full circle to our theme of Gentleman Rallying at its best. Private transportation will take us to Cuba where we will host a party that you can only experience in this part of the world. With two days at our amazing resort your starting the second part of the rally with multiple events planned that will bring our weeklong adventure to an unforgettable close.
We are a collective of like-minded individuals that want to drive unknown open roads, explore new cities and destinations and share this amongst other Cannonballers. We believe in a notion that all cars and their drivers are created equal, and therefore we exemplify camaraderie to all. We embrace individuality, embody the movement that Erwin started and Brock Yates furthered, and now we will carry the torch.
After recently surpassing their centennial milestone, Cannonball Run is currently the oldest rally in existence. Thus, in the true spirit of Brock Yates, we intend on carrying on a tradition that still resonates with so many enthusiasts, and many to come. Cannonball Run Rally (CBRR) will separate itself from the rest by fully embracing a true customer satisfaction ideology. With over 48 years of combined rally experience, the CBRR collective will carry on the spirit of the legend in a rally format and be a truly unique experience in itself.
The namesake is back and without question, will prove to be the best.