Skip to comments.Atlanta man recounts NY-to-LA drive in record 28 hours, 50 minutes
Posted on 10/31/2013 3:52:36 PM PDT by nascarnation
Ed Bolian had a serious cross-country need for speed.
The 28-year-old Atlanta man and a two-man crew shattered the unofficial record for fastest drive from New York City to Los Angeles earlier this month by making the 2,813-mile trip in 28 hours and 50 minutes, besting the previous mark set in 2006 by more than two hours.
Using a souped-up 2004 Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG, Bolian, co-driver Dave Black and support passenger Dan Huang left the Red Ball Parking Garage on 31st Street in New York City at 9:55 p.m. on Oct. 19. The trio later arrived at the Portofino Hotel and Marina in Redondo Beach, Calif., at 11:46 p.m. local time on Oct. 20. The ride went as smooth as anyone couldve imagined, Bolian said.
The trip went completely perfectly, in ways I could not have guessed, he said. We had no traffic, no construction, no accidents, we didnt find any speed traps and had no bad weather It was perfection.
The trio stopped only three times to refuel, add oil and to take restroom breaks. The Mercedes average speed was 98 mph, Bolian said.
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That would probably be about as fast as one could get away with on such a trip. Any faster and those wheels are not touching the ground.
Proving that American roads are able to support much higher speeds than the posted speed limit.
Sure, as long as you’re driving a car designed to run on the autobahn.
One vehicle doing that is not evidence that millions of vehicles could do the same thing.
While some people are capable of being good drivers at higher speeds, there are too many idiots on the road I would be loath to trust to do that.
Yes, but it’s harder to do. :)
how many speeding tickets?
I believe the starting and ending points are the same used in the old Cannon Ball Runs of forty years ago.
It would probably jump somewhat, if the speed was higher.
I find it a bit hard to believe you can average 98 mph across the entire country and not get pulled over by a cop.
I understand out west there are some highways that are not marked for speed limit at all.
Heck, 30 years ago Burt Reynolds did it in about an hour and a half. I saw it in Cannonball Run.
Not bad. I once made it from Amarillo, TX to Albuquerque, NM in 2.5 hours in a 1970 Hurst-Olds 442.
I went from Placerville to Wyoming to a place to get real fireworks just over the state line and back in less than 24 hours 16 years ago. On 80 the whole way in a '94 Camaro. Only law enforcement I saw was going through Reno... :>)
My friend’s brother once drove from LA to our town in Michigan in the summer of 1965 in his Austin Healy in one day. We were pre-teens. We thought it was so cool. He was a big time record producer. His son grew up to be a famous singer in a band with the initials The RHCP.
I’ve cruise controlled 400 mile trips in CA set on 100 in a Saturn SL2 before they started radaring the interstate here. Most fly over country freeways are in better shape than here too...
Daytime speed limit, “Reasonable And Prudent,” nighttime speed limit 75 mph. Wyoming, I seem to recall but could be mistaken.
They must have been using racing grade tires.I don’t think even tires graded for highway use would be able to survive those speeds.
Back in the 70’s I drove from the East Coast of Florida to San Antonio Texas.I did Pretty well until I hit Houston and my tires started rumbling.
I stopped at a Firestone Tire dealer and the guy told me the belts were separating on the Steel Radial 500’s I was using.
Those tires apparently couldn’t take the heat of that kind of drive.
I don't know about a Datsun, but a Subaru will work.
To follow up on my number 11...
See this story: http://www.caranddriver.com/features/the-last-cannonball-feature
for the summary of the 1979 last run of the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash which was sort of affiliated with Car and Driver and gave rise to the Cannonball Run films of Burt Reynolds.
Brock Yates was one of the central figures.
Wow! That record could last a long time.
Too many just becomes bait.
Montana I thought
Could’ve been. I recall that there was an active police presence. It’s apparently not reasonable and prudent to blast along at a hundred plus in a poorly maintained vehicle. There were a few pulled over.
Geez! I did Wilmington, N.C. to Sacramento, CA in 76 hours driving solo. I could have made it sooner if the damned Ryder truck hadn’t been governed at 70 mph ... and I didn’t stop to sleep.
I don't think I've come across any roads with no speed limit at all. There are places out west where the speed limits are variable. The signs are electronic and the speed limit changes with the weather conditions. I-80 across Wyoming has long stretches like that. As the wind speed goes up, the highway speed limit goes down.
Well I bet so. That tire nearly bankrupted Firestone. They were unsafe and they all had to be recalled. They had sold tons of the 500's to Sears with Sears branding and those had to be recalled also. 60 minutes even did a piece on the infamous Firestone 500.
1972, Amarillo, TX, to Columbus, OH in 24 hours and five minutes. Driving a Honda 600N Coupe running on 10” Bridgestone radials and powered by a two cylinder transverse mounted motorcycle engine. $1600 brand new off the showroom floor in CA. Damn thing got almost 50mpg on the highway. Of course, every little crosswind was a lane change...
I bought a new Pontiac Grand Prix in 1974. It had Firestone 500’s. All 5 (full size spare back in those days)separated within 20,000 miles.
Those origianl Cannonball Baker runs were some great reads in C&D Magazine. As I recall Dan Gurney won one of the things in a Ferrari.
Better yet, Danny DeVito once impregnated Arnold Schwarzeneger with Emma Thompson’s egg, proving young men need ObamaCare’s maternity benefit.
"With an average speed just under 100 mph, Bolian acknowledged he easily eclipsed local and state speed limits while driving the Mercedes that was outfitted with additional 22-gallon gas tanks, a police scanner, several GPS units and two laser jammers to avoid detection by police radar."
most roads are made for at least 20 miles over. curves at least 10.
two other guys and more than one extra 22 gallon tank? that’s a lot of extra weight they were hauling too.
Gas is 7 lb/gal
so each extra tank is less than a fat girl....
On NewYears Day 1997 I was in a race fron Daytona Beach to La Jolla . Not a canonball but after hitting our checkpoints we found ourselves running at 110-130 in my Porsche to get to the daily endpoint. Had a blast but I was exhausted by the time I was home in California. Two cars out of 36 starters did not get a speeding ticket, both Porsches ( one was mine)and both running the Valentine One radar detector.
I backed off finally and cruised into Montana, where I was informed that I'd gone directly by the Wyoming State Patrol academy where they routinely set speed traps to give the new officers some experience. And that I could have ended up in jail for the, ah, slightly over the speed limit rate I was driving. All I will say is that I honestly don't know how fast that was because the speedo didn't go quite high enough.
I still have the car. If I tried that on the roads around here, though, I'd be dead meat.
I had my ‘89 Ford Ranger SLT on the autobahn many a time. Of course, the speedometer on the Ranger only went up to 85, but I have gone faster. How fast? I’ll never know. I’ve actually been cruising at top end (85 MPH) and then gone faster. Once a 911 came blazing by, so I pulled out and chased it! LOL! It got away, of course, but I did feel my truck actually accelerate. I was going down hill at the time. This was somewhere on A-61 north of Speyer.
2 22 gallon tanks is about 310 pounds of gas, full, plus weight of the tank and gas piping pipes. two extra guys are probably 350-400 pounds all the time.
Last week we did Pensacola to Indy with a 79mph avg (my SIL was at the wheel the whole time). More than fast enough for me.
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