The 2017 Bandit Run, which recreates the journey taken in "Smokey and the Bandit", started in the Texarkana area on June 17th and then began its eastbound and down journey towards Atlanta, Georgia. On June 20th, it ended up in Birmingham, Alabama and the Barber Motorsports Park for a special event. Patrons got to view all the cars participating in this year's run while participants got to test the track at the park.
Since I live only a little ways away from Barber Motorsports Park and because I am a huge fan of "Smokey and the Bandit", I decided to head up and see what I could photograph in regards to the Birmingham stop on the Bandit Run. Even though it was a muggy and humid day with rain threatening to fall at a moment's notice, the event was a lot of fun to attend. I am not a big car person, but some of the restored Pontiac Trans Ams were absolutely beautiful. You could easily tell which cars had hours and hours and hours of work put into them to make them really shine and pop when on display.
There were dozens upon dozens of cars out at the Barber Motorsports Park that took part in the Bandit Run event. It was definitely a mixture of classic car buffs and fans of "Smokey and the Bandit" coming together to participate in a rather detailed and specific tribute to the film. Personally, it was nice to get out and photograph an event like this during a bit of a lull in my concert photography agenda. I feel that, at times, people forget I also try to be a cultural event photographer as much as I try to be a concert photographer.
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