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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The Firestone 500s were recalled back in the mid 1970s, leading to the near bankruptcy of the company and its acquisition by Bridgestone.
Z rated tires were likely fitted to this Mercedes...
I’d say traffic similar to historical norms. Of course that’s opinion not data.
I-65 is typically heavier during vacation and holiday seasons, major midwest conduit to Florida panhandle/Alabama Gulf (aka redneck Riviera). In October I think that’s more of a lull period, good time to visit Fl, air still warm, ocean still warm, rates down, and not crowded restaurants, etc.
Thankfully the “shutdown” was over and the Naval Air Museum was open.
The first long distance driver was a woman:
Bertha Benz Memorial Route
That's damn' impressive coast-to-coast.
I have to wonder how many "lookouts" he had along the way to avoid the various State Highway Patrol's and their "eyes in the sky."
Ohio and Indiana are particularly nasty that way. I got busted doing 126 on the Indiana State Tollroad back in 1987 in a turbocharged Nissan 200SX on my way home from Buffalo, NY to the SW Suburbs of Chicago.
The officer in the pursuit car that had been chasing me for 18 miles (and was several miles behind me unbeknownst to me) wasn't the one who caught me. It was the bear in the air.
Never tried doing anything that stupid again.
Ah the old 85mph speedo. Governments answer to speeding. Ha! I had one on my Seca 750. Hit redline in 5th many a time and I sure was moving faster than 85.
I used Trapster last weekend when I was Hammering east on 80 through all of PA.
“I stopped at a Firestone Tire dealer and the guy told me the belts were separating on the Steel Radial 500s I was using.
Those tires apparently couldnt take the heat of that kind of drive.”
You are lucky those tires did that good. I had one separate between the time they mounted it and when I picked the truck up after work. None lasted 5K miles.
“Ohio and Indiana are particularly nasty that way. I got busted doing 126 on the Indiana State Tollroad back in 1987 in a turbocharged Nissan 200SX on my way home from Buffalo, NY to the SW Suburbs of Chicago”
Those cars were really pretty dang fast for their time. And their price point especially. As you know, 126 really doen’st feel that fast after several miles on a fairly uncrowded road. Keeps your attention tho. Time sure does go by fast. But, if something goes wrong it sure goes wrong in a hurry!
Yeah, and then when you have wrecks, there will be a lot more deaths and injuries if you have higher speed limits.
2 extra tanks.
You'd think that, because of decades of government propaganda, but several years back when Montana eliminated their interstate speed limits, traffic fatalities decreased.
The biggest problems with speed limits is that too many of them are artificially low. People know how fast a safe speed is without nanny telling them what it is.
I agree that artificially lowering the speed can actually contribute to accidents because when it’s too low, people tend to get bored and want to be distracted.
Contrary to government propaganda, the vast majority of people drive at reasonable speeds no matter what the silly signs say.
“I have to wonder how many “lookouts” he had along the way to avoid the various State Highway Patrol’s and their “eyes in the sky.”
That’s a good question, I don’t see how he did it without some sort of blockers. I don’t see any other way to do it almost, but you would have to have a heck of a lot of folks in place up ahead. Do they get on the highway and do 85 for so many miles until he passes them? Or is he just relying on his radar jammer and hopes nobody actually eyeballs him whiz on by?
Just downloaded Trapster. Have to try it next trip.
That's exactly what I was thinking. So what's the probability this guy got lucky and didn't get stopped ONCE versus having blockers or lookouts ahead of him?
Common sense would be he had blockers or lookouts planned out and ahead of him for the route he was taking.
Think about this too, his "average" speed was what, 89? Counting construction zones (no way he didn't run into any of those) or parts of the interstate that are still 55 mph (such as the I-80 corridor that runs not far from me) there are parts of that trip that he was likely well above his posted average speed.
I just don't see a way he made the entire trip in 29 hours at 89mph on average without lookouts, jammers or both.
I'll bet it was fun as heck though! :-)
“Think about this too, his “average” speed was what, 89?”
98 mph according to him. Maybe he really blasted it when he got out West, and it drove the speed way up compared to the East and Midwest. But I would think 98 mph is usually a naked eye ticket, as in that car is going waaay faster than normal.
Fun cars, aren’t they? I’ve got an LGT Limited wagon, a little more room, almost the same zoom as a WRX.
Don’t ride your oil changes though, full synthetic, change every 3k religiously. Learn what cavitation sounds like and park it if you hear it. It’s the difference between $1,500 and over $7,000.
Great cars, awesome engineering with that one issue, a disintigrating turbo throws debris into the engine block.
“I believe the starting and ending points are the same used in the old Cannon Ball Runs of forty years ago.”
In spite of the blazing fast run those guys did, I would still say namesake Cannonball Baker made the more impressive drives considering he was running alone on most of them, and on dirt roads part of the way.
Cannonball Baker, who won the first race ever held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, made his first coast to coast run in 1914 on an Indian motorcycle - 11 days. Quite a guy.
Keeping the Baker name was something Yates wanted to do as I recall reading this stuff in the 70s.
Kind of a Gonzo event every time. But, over fifty years ago when I was 14, I came up with nine cases of dynamite I wasn’t supposed to have, so I might not be a good judge of prudence in action.
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