Memorial event, convoy to honor Burt Reynolds

The Small Business in Transportation Coalition announced it has planned a tribute event and truck procession to be held Sept. 29-30 as a memorial to megastar Burt Reynolds, who passed away Sept. 6. Reynolds famously starred as Bo Bandit in the 1977 trucking classic “Smokey and the Bandit.”

The event will consist of a concert and other activities at the Texarkana Convention Center and a convoy, says SBTC head James Lamb. The convoy will start in Texarkana, Texas, and head to Atlanta down I-20. In the original “Smokey” movie, Reynolds’ character Bandit drove a black 1977 Pontiac TransAm used to distract police to help his partner, Cledus, avoid being caught for speeding and hauling an illegal load of Coors from Texarkana to Atlanta.

Unlike in the movie, however, SBTC says participants will follow federal hours of service regulations.

The festivities will begin Saturday, Sept. 29, at noon at the Texarkana Convention Center. The event is free to CDL holders and will feature a concert by the Road Hammers at 7 p.m. Three Burt Reynolds movies, including “Smokey and the Bandit,” will be shown. The procession to Atlanta will begin at noon on Sunday. See the event’s Facebook Page at this link for more details.

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