Team Reportedly Beats 'Cannonball Run' Coast-to-Coast Record on Empty Highways


A team of drivers reportedly set a new coast-to-coast “Cannonball Run” record by taking advantage of the empty highways brought about by the coronavirus outbreak.

Road & Track reported the team of three or four drivers in an Audi A8 started at the Red Ball Garage in New York City at 11:15 p.m. on April 4, and finished less than 27 hours later at the Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach, California.

The new record of 26 hours and 38 minutes beat the previous mark of 27 hours and 25 minutes set last November by Arne Toman and Doug Tabbutt, under normal traffic conditions.

According to Fox News, the average speed the team would have had to maintain over the shortest route possible from New York City to Los Angeles would be approximately 103 miles per hour.

Ed Bolian, who set a record in 2013, said in a YouTube video that he monitored the team’s progress over the April 4-6 run time and has seen the timing data confirming the new fastest time ever clocked.

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“But is it a record?” Bolian asked. “Well on one hand, a record is objective, quantitative. It is the fastest time, and so by that regard, it is a record.”

He then went on to argue that from a qualitative standpoint, the new time has to be placed in a different category.

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“The treasure of Cannonball to me wasn’t in holding the record, it was in chasing a record,” Bolian said.

“The chance to see if I could measure up against these heroes that I had from the 1970s,” he added. “I loved the chase. I loved solving the multi-variable equation. I loved joining this fraternity of lunatics that care about it.”

Bolian further contended that if this mark is now out there as the official Cannonball record, and people see it as unbeatable under normal conditions, they will not try.

Road & Track reported, “Brock Yates, a legendary editor at Car and Driver magazine, cooked up the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash in 1971 and organized four of the illegal cross-country races throughout the 1970s.”

The race became the subject of the 1981 hit comedy “Cannonball Run,” featuring an all-star cast that included Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Adrienne Barbeau, Dom DeLuise and Jackie Chan, among others.

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The team who set the new Cannonball record has not publicly come forward.

Alex Roy — who set the fastest mark ever recorded in 2006, which Bolian later beat — was not approving of this latest run.

“Patriotism = staying off our roads until this is over,” he tweeted.

“If you hit a truck moving medical supplies and people die because of it, that’s on you,” Roy told Road & Track. “People are counting on those trucks moving around right now. It’s not funny.”

Bolian was a little more forgiving.

“Do I think this is the best use of time while the country is staying in during a pandemic?” Bolian told the outlet. “Probably not, but for me to say it’s awful is like a cocaine dealer saying a heroin dealer is awful.”

Ben “Charlie Safari” Wilson, organizer of the C2C Express race (modeled after Cannonball), said this latest run will always have an asterisk next to it.

“What Brock Yates wanted to prove back in the ’70s was that you could drive quickly across the country in normal traffic without disrupting anyone or being unsafe, and that isn’t what this was,” Wilson said.

“Even if you list it as a record run, it’ll always be the run during the time of quarantine. There will always be an asterisk next to it.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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