An Atlanta man is making headline news today after reportedly shattering the record time for driving the U.S. from coast-to-coast. Ed Bolian and his team claim to have broken the Cannonball Run record by accomplishing the transcontinental journey in a very impressive 28 hours and 50 minutes, CNN said today. The previous Cannonball Run record was 31 hours and 4 minutes.
Although Bolian, his crew and a Mercedes CL 55 managed to shatter the previous Cannonball Run record, Bolian says the feat took years of preparation, a well-prepared car as well as a clear strategy to escape traffic and the watchful eyes of police.
And so Bolian, who is the sales director for Lamborghini of Atlanta, broke the Cannonball Run record for crossing the U.S. Coast-to-Coast, from New York to Los Angeles in 28 hours and 50 minutes doing so at an average speed of 157.7 km / h.
Bolian, 27, chose a 2004 Mercedes CL55 peppered with electronic and other devices: GPS, a police scanner, a CB Rabio and two additional fuel tanks, so as to reduce the stops.
When asked about his epic Cannonball Run record, Bolian stated to Jalopnik.com that he added two additional 22-gallon fuel tanks to supplement the car's factory-installed 23-gallon tank.
This was done in order for the Benz to have up to 67 gallons of gas when filled which enabled him to travel more than 800 miles between fuel stops.
Accompanying him on the trip were a co-pilot, Dave Black, and the navigator, Dan Huang. "The hardest thing, quite honestly, was finding people crazy enough to do it with me," Bolian said.
The crew of three set out to break the Cannonball Run record on October 19 from Midtown Manhattan and arrived the next day at Redondo Beach, California. Fearing the possible consequences, Ed has yet made public all the data that 'certifies' his record, but he says he still has the journey recorded by GPS, which documented his entire trip 'inch-by-inch'. "Everything possible went perfect," Bolian said.
Although he admitted the attempt to break the Cannonball Run record was dangerous, Bolian said he took every step imaginable in order to make the trip as safe as possible.
These steps included choosing a weekend day with clear weather and a full moon as well as taking routes with not too much traffic.
"I had plenty of people at home praying I'd make it safely, and, more importantly, had my wife praying that I wouldn't have to do it again," he said, adding he has no children, which was also a factor. "That was one of the spurs to go ahead and get this over with. That's probably the next adventure."
In case you're wondering where the Cannonball Run started from, here's a little background:
In 1933, Edwin "Cannonball" Baker drove from New York to Los Angeles in time of 53 hours and 30 minutes in a car dubbed the Blue Streak. Although it still remains unclear as to why Baker did, his record went unbeaten for 40 years.
The Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, widely known simply as the Cannonball Baker or Cannonball Run, was an unofficial unsanctioned automobile race run five times in the 1970s, according to Wikipedia.
The Cannonball Run was originally the brainchild of noted auto racer and Car and Driver contributor Brock Yates, and it was implemented as a way to protest highway speed limits.