Longtime Car and Driver editor Brock Yates, the creator of the popular Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, from Alzheimer's disease. He was 82.
Yates joined Car and Driver as managing editor in 1964 and remained with the magazine until 2006.
A frequent critic of the national 55-mph speed limit, Yates was instrumental in creating the cross-country road race known as the Cannonball Run. While the race was never sanctioned, it took place five times, including the inaugural test, and became the inspiration for the 1981 movie The Cannonball Run, starring Burt Reynolds.
Yates, who wrote the film, also wrote several books, including The Decline and Fall of the American Automobile Industry, published in 1983.