Legendary stuntman, director and all-around car guy Hal Needham recently passed away at the age of 82. To most of us Mr. Needham is best known as the director of the iconic movie Smokey and the Bandit. Needham and long-time pal Burt Reynolds also teamed up for the Cannonball Run series of movies, along with Stroker Ace and Hooper. Along with his film exploits, Needham was a major player in the automotive scene through his ownership of the Skoal Bandit Race Team and his involvement with the Budweiser rocket-powered world land speed record car. Godspeed Mr. Needham, we really enjoyed your work, and best wishes to your family.