Cannonball Run record was shattered in the latest attempt at the transcontinental race. Ed Bolian, 28, of Atlanta, Ga., set out with his team from New York on October 19 at 9:55 p.m. According to CNN on Nov. 1, Bolian, Dave Black, and Dan Huang made it to Redondo Beach, Ca. in just under 29 hours in a modified Mercedes CL55 AMG.
The Benz pulled into the Portofino Hotel and Marina in Redondo Beach, California, at 11:46 p.m. on October 20 after driving 2,803 miles. The total time: 28 hours, 50 minutes and about 30 seconds.
The Cannonball Run record race was loosely based on the Burt Reynolds comedy of the same name. In 1981, "Cannonball Run" the film, came out as a reaction to the recently imposed 55-mile per hour speed limit.
Alex Roy and David Maher's cross-country record of 31 hours and 4 minutes, which they set in a modified BMW M5 in 2006.
To break the previous Cannonball Run record, the trio ran at an average of 98 mph, and their top speed was 158 mph. They set their intent to beat the "Holy Grail" time of 30 hours, which they considered to be the transcontinental driving equivalent of a four-minute mile for runners.
This record is both hilarious and yet very dangerous indeed. It is almost incredible that in this day in age, through the use of technology and skill, anyone would be able to pull this off. Thanks to the use of an unnamed third-party tracking service their time was verified. Due to the illegality of this attempt, the tracking company declined to be named.
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