Despite being forty years old, the Smokey and the Bandit film continues to have its influence on today’s car culture. We’ve seen dedicated cruises, modern day iterations of the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am made famous by the movie, and even well-kept specimens of the movie car sell for over half-a-million dollars. It’s no surprise, then, that there are reenactments of the famous Mulberry Bridge jump.
However, not every reenactment goes down the same way it did on the big screen, as you’re about to see. Back on June 24th in a rather empty-looking Atlanta Motor Speedway — which is about 20 minutes from where the Mulberry Bridge-jump scene was originally filmed — a show of late-70’s muscle cars and smoking rubber was put on display for the crowd, mimicking the cop chase you’d see in the film. Everything seems to be going ok, except when it came time to nail the famous jump, during which time the Firebird took a nose dive, ending the whole hurrah in a major flop.
An unfortunate circumstance to say the least… but it still makes for mildly entertaining footage. Check it in the video.