New Cannonball Record


You remember the Cannonball Run, right? If not the actual event that inspired it (the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash), surely you remember the movies. Well, it’s still a thing, kind of. The official race isn’t run anymore, but there are still people trying to best the coast-to-coast record. And it may have just been broken again.

Jalopnik has a great post on the story of Ed Bolian, who calims to have just made the run in a record time of 28 hours and 50 minutes. In case you aren’t aware, that shatters the existing record of 31 hours and 4 minutes. I use the terms ‘may have been broken’ and ‘claims to have made the run’ because nobody trusts anybody where this record is concerned. Ed did go to the lengths of hiring a company to monitor his location with GPS every minuted of the trip, but others are still skeptical.

Either way, the story is still a great read. And stick around for the comments where the discussion turns to whether or not Ed and his cohorts should be tossed in the clink. Finally, you may also want to have a look at the Wikipedia page for the Cannonball movie. There are some interesting tidbits there, like the fact that the ambulance story was taken directly from the actual run.

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