Kids, don’t try this at home. One bold man, Ed Bolian, has broken the record for the fastest drive from New York to Los Angeles. Google Maps estimates the 2,800-mile trip takes about 40 hours—Bolian says he did it in under 29.
With an average speed of 100 miles per hour and only 46 minutes spent stopped, Bolian and his two team members reportedly completed the trip in 28 hours and 50 minutes—smashing the previous record for the same drive, 31 hours and 4 minutes, set in 2006.
Bolian says he began preparing for the record-breaking drive about 18 months ago—but his curiosity about speeding from New York to Los Angeles began long before that.
“About 10 years ago I interviewed Brock Yates for a project on Automotive Journalism as a senior in high school,” Bolian, 27, wrote on his website. The two talked about Yates’ famous “Cannonball Run,” an unofficial coast-to-coast race held in the 70s that inspired the 1981 Burt Reynolds film. “I told him that one day I would break [his] record.”
To fulfill his teenage dream, Bolian, a Lamborghini dealer from Atlanta, took a Mercedes CL 55 and souped it up with two extra fuel tanks, two GPS devices, a mobile internet connection, and, of course, a bedpan—to help avoid stopping for bathroom breaks.
The team also outfitted the car with technology that would help them avoid police detection—a radar detector and a police scanner, among other things.
On October 19 at 9:55 p.m. ET, Bolian, along with the two supporting team members he recruited, Dave Black and Dan Huang, pulled out of a parking garage in Manhattan and “mostly followed I-40″ on their way to the West Coast. On October 20 at 11:46 p.m. PT, they arrived at the Portofino Hotel and Marina in Redondo Beach, California. Bolian followed the same start and end points of Yates’ trip.
“It was an amazing and crazy trip where everything truly went more perfectly than we ever could have imagined or predicted,” Bolian wrote. He told ABC News, “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.”
Still, Bolian urges others not to try to mimic his epic drive. “I do not advise that anyone attempt this or break the law in any way,” he wrote. “This type of activity could easily have resulted in our death, imprisonment, or led to a litany of other consequences.”
Luckily the three men walked away without injury or a jail sentence—but they did take home one heck of a story. “Our goal with this project was to pay tribute to what we consider to be one of the coolest and most interesting chapters of American automotive history,” Bolian said.
Watch the Cannonball Run trailer: