The Cannonball Run record has been shattered by an Atlanta man. On Nov. 1, CNN reported that Ed Bolian, 28, beat out the 2006 world record set by Alex Roy and David Maher, who drove across the United States in a BMW M5 and made the trip in 31 hours and 4 minutes. Bolian, with the help of Dave Black and Dan Huang, made the trip in just 29 hours!
So how did Bolian do it? "Beginning in 2009, about the time he started working for Lamborghini Atlanta, Bolian researched cars, routes, moon phases, traffic patterns, equipment, gas mileage and modifications," CNN reports.
The Cannonball Run record was something Bolian dreamed about breaking for many years. His research coupled with his drive (pun intended) really got him through. He chose to drive a Mercedes CL55 AMG. He made a few modifications to the car including the addition of two gas tanks. Bolian also needed to avoid a traffic stop so he installed two "laser jammers" and three radar detectors.
While the crew did hit a spot of traffic in New York that kept them behind about 15 minutes, they had a great trip overall. They didn't encounter much traffic or many construction delays and they managed to stay on schedule without getting lost. Bolian says that when they arrived in Texas near the New Mexico border they realized that they really had a chance at breaking the record.
Alas the Cannonball Run record was shattered. Their average speed was 98 mph something that isn't advised for any daredevil.
© Effie Orfanides 2013