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Real Rat Race 2011 starts in NYC in Sept.

Actor Burt Reynolds, left, poses with members of

Actor Burt Reynolds, left, poses with members of the famous Hollywood Rat Pack, from second left, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Frank Sinatra, during filming of �Cannonball Run II,� the sequel to Reynolds� successful 1981 cross country car race film May 7, 1984. (Credit: Cannonball Run 2 / AP Photo)

Have you ever dreamed of being part of "The Cannonball Run" -- the 1981 classic movie featuring Farrah Fawcett, Dean Martin and Jackie Chan racing across the United States in tricked out cars for glory and respect?

Or maybe you dreamed of finding the hidden briefcase filled with cash in 2001's "Rat Race"?

Well, dream no more!

In September, Rat Race 2011 will rev up in New York, as participants zigzag more than 3,000 miles across the country in a race to win a briefcase crammed with cash hidden in a secret location.

Drivers will be given a key to a locker somewhere on the West Coast. Problem is, it could be anywhere on the West Coast.

Their task is to crack the code given out at each morning's checkpoint and collect the five numeric codes that will match a ZIP code. The sixth clue will release the address of the ZIP code where the locker is.

But it's more than a game of speed and mind games. Racers must avoid getting arrested, speeding, getting lost or upsetting the locals. Each night racers reach a checkpoint, they will stay at a luxury hotel.

Think you have the driving, navigation and thinking skills to grab the cash?

Entries are limited to 60 cars for the 2011 event. Drivers can enter online at cannonballworld.com or by e-mailing info@cannonballworld.com.

Each entrant must pay $8,995, which covers:

4- and 5-star hotels from the Sept. 3-9, 2011
Full track day access
VIP pass to all parties
Final night party, including accommodation
Evening meals with drinks
Breakfasts
Resort fees
Parking
Mission Packs
Car decals
Taxes
The chance to play for the prize

What's not included? Fuel, fines, personal expenses and insurance.

Tags: race , cannon ball race , rat race , burt reynolds , racing

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