FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM)Burt Reynolds, who died Thursday at 82, is most fondly remembered for the hugely successful “Smokey and the Bandit,” a role that inspired on North Texas man, who works at CBS 11, to restore is 1977 Trans Am and launch a nationwide race called, “The Bandit Run” as a tribute.

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David Hershey in Trans Am (David Hershey)

“We do it every year now, we go from place to place, just like they do in the movie, we have fun, and you’ve probably never see a couple hundred black Trans Ams pull up, but when you do, it’s quite a sight. and we were lucky enough this past summer to have him at our Bandit Run,” said Hershey.

For authenticity, Hershey often appears at car shows with the Trans Am dressed as the bandit.

The Bandit Run is now in its 11th year.

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David Hershey’s Trans Am (David Hershey)