Cannonball Run Record Broken Again. The date, Oct 20th 2013, with a time of 28 hours & 51 minutes! This was achieved by Ed Bolian & Co-driver Dave Black, driving a heavily modified Mercedes CL55 AMG, with all types of scanners, Jammers, chargers & navigation equipment. The AMG powered Merc was even fitted with an additional 44 gallon fuel tanks mounted in the boot to reduce stoppage times!
Bolian, a 28-year-old Atlanta native, had long dreamed of racing from East Coast to West. A decade ago, for a high school assignment, Bolian interviewed Brock Yates, who conceived the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, aka the Cannonball Run.
Ed Bolian & Dave Black broke the previous Cannonball Run record of 31 hours & 4 minutes from 2006, which was held by Alex Roy & co-driver David Maher.
Alex Roy & David Maher raced from the East cost of America to the west coast using a E39 BMW M5 disguised as German police car. The car was fitted with every conceivable Police scanners, laser jammers, radar detectors etc & even had infrared night vision camera allowing the pair to drive across areas with no lights on!!! They even had a small plane flying in front as a spotter…..
This book written by Alexander Roy is a great read & highly recomended, The Driver: My Dangerous Pursuit of Speed and Truth in the Outlaw Racing World