Burt’s back: Bandit ‘dream’ car joins Carlisle Fall AutoFest

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Burt Reynolds and the 'dream' machine | Carlisle Events photo
Burt Reynolds and the 'dream' machine | Carlisle Events photo
Burt Reynolds and the ‘dream’ machine | Carlisle Events photo

Burt Reynolds will participate in Carlisle Events’ annual Fall AutoFest at the Sun ’n Fun complex November 12-15 in Lakeland, Florida. The actor known for his roles in Stroker Ace, Cannonball Run and Smokey and the Bandit, among other movies and several television programs, will appear at the Carlisle show in conjunction with his Bandit Dream Giveaway sweepstakes.

Reynolds, 79, will be at the show on Friday and Saturday. Proceeds from the sweepstakes, which will award someone a restored and autographed 1979 Pontiac Trans Am, are earmarked for several charities and the building fund of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre, where Reynolds teaches.

Reynolds’ Florida appearance will be his second at a Carlisle Events event. Earlier this year at the Spring Carlisle auction, Reynolds’ own 1977 Bandit Trans Am sold for $181,900.

In addition to the sweepstakes Bandit car, the Fall Carlisle event will feature a replica of the Snowman’s rig from the Smokey movie as well as a replica of the Jackie Gleason/Sheriff Buford T. Justice police car, the Carlisle news release said.

Reynolds is scheduled to sign autographs from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. Saturday, when he also will introduce a drive-in movie screening of Smokey and the Bandit.  The Carlisle news release said Reynolds will sign one autograph per person for free, though “a few will apply for any merchandize purchased at the signing.”

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See the Fall Florida AutoFest website for details.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.