Cannonball Run: Coast to Coast in under 29 hours

By Joshua

Coast to Coast in under 29 hours: Mercedes CL driver sets new record by averaging 98mph in car he spent months fitting with gadgets to keep eye out for police

  • Atlanta Lamborghini dealer Ed Bolian used a souped up a 2004 Mercedes to speed into the record books October 20
  • Midtown Manhattan to Redondo Beach: Bolian and two friends took the classic route first taken in the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash of the 1970s
  • Bolian’s time of 28 hours 50 minutes beats the previous record set by Alex Roy in 2006 when he made the trip in 31 hours 4 minutes by over two hours
  • With a distance of 2,813.7 miles, Bolian and his two-man team did the Cannonball Run at an average of 98 miles per hour

An Atlanta man shattered the record for fastest drive from New York City to Los Angeles last Saturday by making the transcontinental trip in 28 hours 50 minutes.

Ed Bolian spent years outfitting a 2004 Mercedes with expensive gadgetry, spare gas tanks, and, of course, bedpans and finally realized his dream October 20. That smashes the record set in 2006 by an unbelievable two hours.

But his attempt is sure to gather controversy as it involved traveling at an average of 98mph, well in excess of many speed limits. He also used a series of gadgets to avoid getting caught for speeding.

Ed Bolian, Dave Black, Dan Huang, Jim Caldwell, Redondo Beach, New York To California, Cannonball Run, Cannon Ball Run

Ed Bolian (center) is now the holder of fastest man to drive from New York to Los Angeles at his sides are his co-pilot Dave Black (right) and Dan Huang (left)

Ed Bolian, CL Class Mercedes, Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach, Cannonball Run, Cannon Ball Run

Bolian and company made their historic dash across the continent in this CL Class Mercedes and some help from a few extra gizmos and additions

The Lamborghini dealership sales director is hesitant to show off the proof, but according to Jalopnik, the 27-year-old has GPS data tracking every inch of the journey he took with a co-pilot and passenger starting October 19.

‘I’ve wanted to break the record since I was 18 years old,’ Bolian said, explaining away the trip’s huge costs and many risks.

He began putting all the pieces together years ago, first by buying a used CL-Class blue Mercedes from a man in Palm Beach, Florida.

‘I thought about a Ferrari 612,’ said Ed. ‘But gas mileage would’ve been bad. A Bentley would’ve been perfect, but you’d want the V8 for gas mileage, and those are still way too expensive.’

Ed Bolian, CL Class Mercedes, Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach, Cannonball Run, Cannon Ball Run

Bolian planned the trip for years and pumped untold sums into the car for GPS, laser jammers, CB radio, and other gizmos that helped ferry him safely and very quickly through a dozen states

He chose the Mercedes for its fuel economizing V8 engine and active suspension he needed in order to pack in as much fuel as possible.

Bolian’s whip boasts two additional 22-gallon gas tanks, which add hundreds of pounds of fuel but allow the car to travel 800 miles between stops.

But breaking the record was going to take more than just a souped up Mercedes. To ensure a clear run, free from traffic jams and, perhaps more importantly, traffic cops Bolian, also invested in a police scanner, two GPS units that relay traffic information and iPhone apps such as Trapster.

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Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach

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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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