From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- Cannonball (1976), a film inspired by Erwin George Baker
Cannonball, also known as Carquake, is a 1976 film starring David Carradine. The film is one of two released in 1976 (the other being The Gumball Rally) that were based on a real illegal cross-continent road race that took place for a number of years in the United States. The same topic later became the basis for the films The Cannonball Run and Cannonball Run II. The movie was written and directed by Paul Bartel, who also directed Death Race 2000.
The name of the film and the plot were inspired by Erwin G. "Cannon Ball" Baker, (1882-1960), who travelled across the USA several times, and by the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, an illegal cross-continent road race introduced by Brock Yates to protest against the 55 MPH speed limit.