by Bo Durban 4/2/2023

During the filming of "Smokey and the Bandit" at the Lakewood Fairgrounds, a memorable scene was captured in which the W900A truck and trailer drive through a couple of Atlanta police cars blocking the entrance. This scene, filmed on the last day of filming at the fairgrounds on 9/29/1976, left an unexpected impact on the set.

As the truck barges through, one of the cars spins around 180 degrees, causing the rear bumper to strike the fuel tank on the right-hand side of the truck. This incident left noticeable damage to the truck, which can be observed in other scenes of the movie. Interestingly, this also means that those scenes were filmed after this mishap.

Despite the unintended ddddd impact on the truck, the scene itself remains one of the most iconic and memorable moments in the film. It showcases the daring and reckless driving that the film is known for, and is a testament to the skill and bravery of the stunt drivers and coordinators who brought the scene to life.

Acquiring the dent

  • Step 1
  • Step 2
  • Step 3
  • Step 4
  • Step 5 - Dent appears

Subequent filming

Georgia state line

Motorcyle cop

Fred's swimming hole (3rd filming day - 2nd unit)

9/23/76 newspaper ad enticing fans to come out and be extras during filming