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.