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Cannonball Run Record Shattered: Man Drives Coast-To-Coast In 29 Hours

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The Cannonball Run record was shattered this week by three guys and a Mercedes CL 55.

Ed Bolian and his team drove 2,813 miles from new York to Los Angeles in under 29 hours. They broke the record for the “Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash,” which is better known as the Cannonball Run, by nearly three hours.

According to ABC, the previous cannonball run record of 31 hours and 4 minutes was set in 2006. Bolian and his team did the run in 28 hours and 50 minutes.

Bolian said: “Honestly, I was so shocked at how much we had beat our target and previous record… It was just unbelievable. It was cathartic and amazing. But mostly, I was just shocked.”

Bolian said that he was able to break the Cannonball Run record thanks to a few modifications to his Mercedes CL 55. The 27-year-old added two 22-gallon auxillary fuel drums (giving the car 67 gallons of fuel space), a radar detector, a police scanner, a CB radio and a laser jammer.

Bolian also outfited the car with mobile internet and two GPS systems so that he could navigate weather and traffic.

Bolian, who made the trip with co-pilots Dave Black and Dan Huang, said that the car hit 158 mph at one point. On average, the car was traveling just below 100 mph.

Bolian said: “We were unfathomably fortunate… We had no accidents, no traffic, no weather, no major construction. We wanted this to be a benign use of highway. We didn’t want to hurt anyone, we didn’t want to get hurt and we didn’t want to get arrested.”

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One Response to “Cannonball Run Record Shattered: Man Drives Coast-To-Coast In 29 Hours”

  1. Zeb Zeb

    Great they had it planned out for low risk to any other drivers or to themselves. 67 gallons of gas probably cost more than a car does now-a-days.