In the 1980s, Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise brought to us the concept of ‘The Cannonball Run’, a cross-country road race where a bunch of wacky types rounded up their vehicles and raced across the United States for fun, profit and cheap innuendoes.  It’s a concept that has a lot of potential in today’s world, with the option of Speed Racer trying to out-muscle the Batmobile and Herman Munster slam-shifting his way past Bo Duke while B.A. Baracus curses them all out.  It’s the kind of premise that begs our daily query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is gonna get Cledus “The Snowman” Snow and those 18-wheels a-runnin’, asking: What fictional driver (of a land vehicle, let’s not get Han Solo crazy with Kessel Runs in here) would you pick to win the 2014 Cannonball Run?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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13 Comments

  1. March 5, 2014 at 11:29 am — Reply

    Mad freakin’ Max.

  2. March 5, 2014 at 11:31 am — Reply

    The Driver from Drive. He’s so dreamy

  3. gary
    March 5, 2014 at 11:34 am — Reply

    The dead guy from The Wraith

  4. Frank
    March 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm — Reply

    Jake Tanner (Jan-Michael Vincent) from Damnation Alley. In his Landmaster of course. He could just run over everyone.

  5. Derrick
    March 5, 2014 at 2:53 pm — Reply

    Well I would like to say “Skid” Mark McCormick in his Coyote X from Hardcastle and McCormick. But I think it would have to be Michael Knight and K.I.T.T. With super pursuit mode and the armored body they would have the ability to shrug off anything anyone would through at them.

  6. Hirimno
    March 5, 2014 at 3:22 pm — Reply

    Frank Martin from the Transporter series.

  7. March 5, 2014 at 5:23 pm — Reply

    Frankenstein from Death Race 2000, he’ll do whatever it takes to win

  8. comicfan1974
    March 5, 2014 at 6:49 pm — Reply

    Kowalski from 1971’s Vanishing Point.

  9. March 6, 2014 at 3:33 am — Reply

    Michael Knight, driving KITT, of course.

  10. March 6, 2014 at 5:05 am — Reply

    Marty McFly in his Delorean. He can give himself a few hours head start :)

  11. Bitis
    March 6, 2014 at 7:09 am — Reply

    Marshall Ericsson. On foot.

  12. Rui Almeida
    March 6, 2014 at 1:11 pm — Reply

    If there’s an extensive city driving component involved, I’d have to say it’s a toss-up between DeNiro’s Sam from “Ronin” and Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne with an honorable mention for Charlize Therorn’s Stella Bridger from “The Italian Job” (remake).

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