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Newswire: R.I.P. Brock Yates, longtime Car And Driver editor and writer of Cannonball Run

Brock Yates, the auto enthusiast and writer behind The Cannonball Run (both the actual race and the film series it inspired), died on Wednesday due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease, Deadline reports. The Lockport, NY native authored 14 automotive-themed books and served as executive editor of Car And Driver magazine for many years. He was 82. In 1971, Yates and fellow C&D staffer Steve Smith conceived the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, an automotive race with no set route from New York City to Redondo Beach, California, as a tongue-in-cheek protest against increasingly strict traffic laws.
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