Man Claims Fastest NY-to-LA Drive Ever
Ed Bolian made it in less than 29 hours, demolishing record
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 1, 2013 10:40 AM CDT
Google Maps thinks the trip should take 40 hours, presumably excluding breaks.   (Google Maps)

(Newser) – Ed Bolian says he's done something virtually impossible, highly dangerous, and extraordinarily illegal: Along with a hastily-recruited co-driver and passenger, he drove from New York City to LA in 28 hours and 50 minutes, he tells Doug Demuro of Jalopnik. That means the team traveled an average of 98mph, including 46 minutes of total stop time, USA Today reports, with a top speed of 158mph. If it's true—and Bolian allegedly has 218 pages of GPS tracking data to prove it is—the Oct. 19-20 drive shatters the 2006 record of 31 hours and 4 minutes.

Though little-known, the cross-country record has a storied history, dating to 1933. "I've wanted to break the record since I was 18 years old," Bolian says. He spent years planning his run, outfitting his car—a nine-year-old Mercedes-Benz CL55 with 115,000 miles on it—with two extra 22-gallon fuel tanks; two GPSes; a host of cop-avoidance gadgets, including three radar detectors; and a CB radio, used to trick truckers into getting out of his way by posing as one of them. They also brought a bedpan, so they could avoid all possible stops. It's a pretty wild story, with the drive kicking off with 15 minutes of NYC traffic, and Demuro's full writeup is worth a read.

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RAD45
May 8, 2014 10:27 AM CDT
I find it amusing everyone has their panties in a knot over a speed record when so many states are passing laws letting almost anyone carry a gun -- in Ga, you can even carry a concealed gun in a bar and a church! (Which speaks a lot for the supposed Bible Belt) That's far more dangerous than cruising at extra-legal speeds on an Interstate! Oh for the days of the Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Tropy Dash where a certain famous racing driver (Dan Gurney) was ticketed for 141mph in Arizona!
Barney_Vincelette
Nov 3, 2013 9:49 AM CST
This kind of stunt ignores the rights of innocent bystanders who did not consent to be put in danger by someone having to do some aggressive driving to pass people who abide by the speed limit. We should respond to this record with the question, "So what?" If you want to go 150 m/h, rent an airplane, if you have the self-discipline to learn how to pilot and navigate an airplane; something I doubt the kind of people who abuse admittedly unpopular speed limits have.
hmmm_just_a_thought
Nov 2, 2013 9:29 AM CDT
2 GPSes for each and every State to subpeona and use as evidence against him in each jurisdiction to file speeding charges. When he was going 158MPH, they may even want to charge him with criminal charges "Reckless driving - unreasonable high speed". Could be interesting to see if any will do this.