Records, as the say, are made to be broken. Whether that's cramming the most hot dogs down your gullet, running a faster mile, or yes, driving across the United States, odds are that there's someone out there wants to eat more, run faster or drive harder. Speaking of that last example, the record for driving from a set location on the east coast, in particular the Red Ball Garage in Manhattan to the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach, CA, has been one that has fascinated gearheads since a guy named Cannonball Baker made the trek from New York to LA in 53 hours, 30 minutes, in 1933.

The competition saw its glory days when Car and Driver's Brock Yates came up with the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash (more affectionately known as the Cannonball Run), although the record was most recently set by Alex Roy and his 32-hour, seven-minute trek behind the wheel of a BMW M5 in 2006. Now, there's a new champion, who made the trip from east to west in a scarcely imaginable 28 hours and 50 minutes, behind the wheel of a 2004 Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG. That's works out to an average speed of 98 miles per hour over the course of 2,813.7 miles.

His name is Ed Bolian, and Jalopnik has a writeup of the epic voyage that details everything from the history of the Cannonball Run to Bolian's preparation and trouble finding co-drivers, to the trip itself. It is well worth a read.


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      goo.faster
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let he (or she) who has never sped cast the first stone!
      Renterdude
      • 1 Year Ago
      If all of you would click the link to the full story and read it? you might find out how he did it, why he did it, where its verified, and how he didnt have to stop for fuel so many times... but hey, just read the notes in this article and post uneducated comments all day long... and then sit and wonder why you don't have the brain power to figure something like this out, the balls to do it, and zest for adventure like this guy has... or just ask one of your friends they probably know why you're all so boring... Retroped, his average speed was 98mph... you can do that in a VW Beetle... money has nothing to do with it.
      Ed
      • 1 Year Ago
      Probably less dangerous than some airhead texting and knee steering in the fast lane 10 mph under the limit.
      Georg
      • 1 Year Ago
      smiling about the slow average speed driven in the US.... 100mph on a normal filled autobahn at sunday and u hardly pass anyone but many pass u doing 125 or more. The worst part is u build so many nice Autobahn stormer in the USA and u hardly can use them, you cant imagine the fun I have hunting Mercs, Audis and BMW with my 2012 Camaro SS (LS3 stick) on the Autobahn. At speeds north of 100mph u really get the full advantage of large displacement free breathing V8 over loaded 4 or 6 banger or high rev small displacement V8 used in Europe. I am German and I truly love my American muscle :)
        flychinook
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Georg
        The big difference is the traffic. Not the amount of traffic, but the people behind the wheel of those other cars. Mr. 80's movie extra up there in his Mercedes was weaving around 2500+ kg SUVs being piloted by inattentive soccer moms who got their drivers licenses because they managed to parallel-park a Cressida 25 years ago. All it takes is one "Oh wait this isn't my exit" on a crowded motorway to cause a deadly multiple-car pileup.
        brandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Georg
        Thank you. Finally a reasonable person. I was beginning to think those didn't exist in these comments.
      Michael
      • 1 Year Ago
      I doubt this story - anyone read The Driver? The logistics behind such a run, and significant police presence, even on desolate mid-west highways, is not something anyone can overcome just by buying an AMG Merc. and some over-the-counter gizmos.
      Randy London
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want to know about the radar detectors used. No mention of it, but it looks like a V1 and Escort Max?
        AcidTonic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Randy London
        The *last* guy in the M5 had not one, but TWO private airplanes running above him also helping to scope out heavy traffic and cops. It's not about skill, it's a rich mans game.
      Blue Martini
      • 1 Year Ago
      This Country and the media are idiots.. why would you report on this make it sound like a great feat?Laws were broken other drivers in harms way.... why would law enforcement just stand by??? (cause they are good at standing by) I think their record is BS too.
      Tom - the Infidel
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder how long it would have taken him if he drove the LEGAL speed limit all the way? I drove from Orlando, FL to Los Angeles, CA in 43 1/2 hours going the legal speed limit. And that was counting the 3 hour nap I took in Texas!
      Frederick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chuck Norris once did a round house kick that caused time to reverse itself and he walked across the U.S. in less time than that. There is a rumor that Superman is upset that he can't do the same thing, but he won't talk about it.
        clinton
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Frederick
        Lmao!! Thanks for the laugh, Frederick. I'm going to be laughing at that all day. Best comment ever!!! Chuck Norris for prez in '16!!!
      Jared
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's a record I want to hold.
      Jess
      • 1 Year Ago
      I sped the 7 miles to town the other day. Foot to the floor, engine screaming, smoke coming out the back and set a 1 hour and 45 minute run....damn what fun....
      healthtrekker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Alex Roy and his team did this in a more intelligent fashion last time. Also, extra fuel tanks kind-of negates the other results. All the other record-attempters did it with the stock # of tanks in their cars, I believe.
        Cory Stansbury
        • 1 Year Ago
        @healthtrekker
        Everyone who does this chooses their own modifications. Extra fuel comes with downsides too, you know?
          Ed
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cory Stansbury
          Extra fuel comes at a loss in weight consideration and altitude, as well as framing and landing or tires, for a trip of 2800 miles, his tires new, and fuel lessening as he drove, naaahhh weight would be nominal in a resistance or velocity, and near nothing on straightaways, only in the mountains, or the huge hills in PA, and CA
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