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Part of the Fireball Run Transcontinental Rally & Its Race to Recover America's Missing Children Series; the 2008 FIREBALL RUN Transcontinental Rally: Back to the Track started September 26th in Baton Rouge Louisiana and finished 9 days later October 4th in Grand Rapids Michigan.
EVENT THEME: The 2008 event was themed 1980's. As such, the missions and tasks related to 1980's pop culture.
SPECIAL GUEST STAR: Although he did not compete, guitar Legend James Burton served as the 2008 celebrity guest star. The rally took place during his European Tour and James flew in to make a special surprise appearance in Shreveport, Louisiana. James Burton was Elvis Presley's guitarist, playing with the TLC Band until Elvis's death.
NOTABLE CAST: Also competing in the event, World Champion Dragster Harold Laird, MTV Recording Artist Kristine Elezaj, and Limo Bob, star of a TruTV reality series.
MOTORSPORTS ACTIVITIES: Fireball Run Transcontinental Rally incorporated two sanctioned road course track events; the Louisiana State Police Reconnaissance Track and Grattan Speedway. Additional competitive motorsport activities included an autocross competition in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and another in Tupelo, Mississippi.
MILAGE & DESTINATIONS: Approximately 3500 miles. The rally traversed 65 teams, representing nearly 65 missing children through the cities of Shreveport Louisiana, Jackson Mississippi, Tuscaloosa Alabama, Tupelo Mississippi, Chesterfield Missouri, Westmont Illinois. Competitors also visited interactive (Passage Control) cities of Ferriday Louisiana, Hattiesburg Mississippi, Paragould Arkansas, Pontiac Illinois, and Allegan Michigan.
THE DRAMA: See the Journals section of the 2008 teams.
TRIVIA & NOTABLE FACTS:
2008 FIREBALL RUN Transcontinental Rally is the only rally to race on the State Police track in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The event saw its first 18 Wheeler entry... yes he did it "with" the trailer attached.
Louisiana Secretary of State, Jay Dardenne (R), and Baton Rouge Mayor, Kip Holden (D), did an impromptu rendition of Ebony & Ivory at the event's starting line.
Fireball Run Transcontinental Rally's Early Arrival Mixer was held inside the Louisiana State Capitol building and is the only motorsports event to have been granted this honor.
Infamous Pastor, Jimmy Swaggart was originally scheduled to appear at the "Delta Music Museum" mission in Ferriday, Louisiana. However this did not happen because the Pastor was "unclear" about how his name would associate with the event.
Several Movie Cars entered the event; Back to the Future II Time Car, K.I.T.T., and a Firebird as seen in Smokey & the Bandit. In keeping with the theme a competitor wrapped his Bentley Flying Spur to look like the General Lee.
Jackson Mississippi, Mayor Frank Melton, is the only Host City Mayor not to appear in the 2008 event; he was indicted on civil rights charges the morning of the events start in the city.
The 2008 rally was the last to use the original "Transcontinental" moniker in its title.
All the rally professional posters were knockoffs of 1980 movie sequels; Back to the Future II, Caddy Shack II, and Star Trek II.
Two classic Lamborghini Countach's entered the rally, although one did not make it off the starting line and was immediately substituted by its owner for a Jaguar.