• Jan 11th 2008 at 12:33PM
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You may remember Alex Roy as a member of Team Polizei, which drove a BMW M3 across the continental U.S. in the unofficial record time of 31 hours and 4 minutes in late 2006. The record is unofficial because maintaining an average speed of over 90 MPH for a day and a half isn't exactly... legal. You can read about the monumental effort required of Roy and his team in his book The Driver, or you could watch the video after the jump of Roy's appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman last Tuesday. Having met Roy, the amazing thing about him is that he's fully aware of how dangerous and crazy his endeavor was, and on some level agrees with those who take offense with what he did. It's a disarming quality that makes him easy to talk to even if you're one those who disagree with his need for speed. That comes through in his interview with David Letterman, who belabors the illegality of Roy's record run a bit too vociferously in our opinion. Roy takes it like a champ and we think, by the end, wins Dave over. And once you've got Dave, you've got Paul, too. Check out the video after the jump. Thanks for the tip, Chris!

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Andrew: "To all of you talking about how 'dangerous' it is to drive 90mph cross country - come on - its not that fast - people do it in Germany everyday".

      Hey dude how old are you? judging by your statement I'd say 15 - 18. ...and No, people in Germany don't do this everyday. No place in all of Germany is 2,779+ miles from anywhere else in Germany. Here is a list of reasons why this is dangerous and stupid.

      1. Everyone on the autobahn are fully aware of and are playing by the same rules. Take racing for example, if you cannot maintain an agreed upon minimum speed, you become a danger to everyone who can. There were at least 300 million people who were unaware that he was going to pull this stunt. He was a danger to them all.

      2. I am also somewhat of a distance driver. In order to maintain 65 mph avg. from NYC to Miami., There were spots where doing 120+ mph was required. NYC to Miami, Fl = 1297 miles. In order to avg. 90 mph. This guy had to hitting speeds in excess of 150mph for sustained periods. At 155 mph. a car covers a distance of 3 football fields every second.

      3. Fatigue, I prefer to drive at night. Less traffic, less cops. The downside is developing tunnel vision and mental fatigue. You get so locked in on what's way down the road, that you pheripheral vision suffers. Doing this for 5 or 6 hours straight, you can also become incoherent.

      4. Deer, bears, Cops, Trucks, and lane cloggers all working against you.

      I am willing to bet that if this same guy were to try this again, he would either get killed, or end up killing someone.

      BTW: My best time NYC to Miami is 17 hours 10 mins. with two drivers in an A6. The two hours 49 mins saved was not worth the risk.

      • 7 Years Ago
      For every 1 reason he shouldn't be allowed to drive, people can find a few reasons for every one of you guys shouldn't be allowed to drive either.

      Having driven around the world, the only worse drivers that I've seen that are worse than in the US are Italy and China drivers. Generally, american drivers suck.

      Yep, most you guys shouldn't be allowed to drive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Actually it was a BMW M5. This is very clearly shown in the video.
      • 7 Years Ago
      His book is incredible by the way, for anyone that hasn't gotten a chance to read it yet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I noticed he had a patch of the Spanish flag on his jacket shoulder - anyone know the significance?

      and yeah it was an M5
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Having met Roy, the amazing thing about him is that he's fully aware of how dangerous and crazy his endeavor was, and on some level agrees with those who take offense with what he did. It's a disarming quality that makes him easy to talk to even if you're one those who disagree with his need for speed."

        Also having met and interviewed Roy, this quality is called "B.S." Either that or he's a sociopath.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's one of his Guardia Civil jackets with replica patches/badges from the Spanish police. He has many from all sorts of different countries. No real significance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just nitpicking here... but that comment about 155mph being three football fields a second?? A little off dude, that would be more like 650mph. The magic number to remember is 200mph= about 1 football field per second.
      • 7 Years Ago
      that guy, Roy, is a bit of an arschloch isn't he?
      • 7 Years Ago
      How good is his book?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dude has HUGE balls. On so many levels. First to do it and second to publicize it!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Glad someone finally pointed it out that he didn't drive across America at 90mph but AVERAGED 90+mph which means that there was a lot of time he was driving well in excess of 90+.

      Having driven my BMW on the Autobahn at speed I can tell you there is a huge difference between German drivers and American drivers... the Germans are fully aware of the rules of the Autobahn and they stick to them. They pay close attention to their driving and what's going on on the road around them. Anecdotally, there's often a complaint by US BMW owners about cup-holders... why, because the Germans pay attention to their driving... not their drinks, or talking (or worse, texting!) while they're driving.

      And it doesn't matter how good a driver anyone is when it only takes one mistake - mechanical failure, human error or any sort of minute incident - at that speed, there is simply no time to react and someone is going to get seriously hurt or dead and unfortunately that person (or persons) is guilty only of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

      Above all else, this guy, just like any drunk or reckless driver, doesn't have the right to endanger innocent lives with their selfish behavior!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well said PK!

        People need to stop trying to be cool by thinking this is safe - not even Michael Schumacher should do this.

        I admit I did find it interesting to watch the interview, but illegal is illegal - and we're not talking about something in gray area like civil disobedience.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sorry, forgot to add...

        By his own admission, “I’m not the best driver in the world… I’m pretty good… like a B+...”

        What makes him a B+ driver?

        “…and I play a lot of driving video games.”

        Yeah, this is just the kind of driver who has the necessary skill set to drive triple digit speed on America’s freeways in his selfish pursuit. He need only to open his mouth to demonstrate what an idiot he is… not get behind the wheel and prove it.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Beautiful, and of course, only in a BMW my friends... only in a BMW.
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