“Cannonball Run” is most known as a famous Burt Reynolds movie, but now three people made a record “Cannonball Run” across the United States in a Mercedes CL55 AMG. According to a report from late Friday (Nov. 1) they only took 28 hours and 50 minutes to make the coast-to-coast drive. In other words, they took just slightly longer than one day to make the extensive trip.
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This seems like a pretty impressive record-setting performance on the surface, but it has raised quite a few important questions on the internet. Dave Black, Ed Bolian, and Dave Huang did everything they could to increase the performance of their vehicle. That included adding two 22-gallon gas tanks in the trunk to allow the vehicle to go 800 miles without stopping. They also brought a bed pan so that they wouldn’t have to stop at a rest area. The question, though, is whether they broke the law to break the record.
The car had two laser jammers, three radar detectors, a switch to kill the rear lights, and had been intended to have a radar jammer, but it wasn’t finished in time for the trip. In other words, they had a ton of money to make this trip happen, showing that these weren’t just average people putting in the effort.
The drive from New York to Los Angeles is between 2,800 and 2,900 miles depending on the route, meaning they averaged about 100 mph to get these in that amount of time. Some might just call this “Cannonball Run” record a ridiculous effort because of all the laws that were broke, while others applaud that they were able to accomplish it at all. That is the debate, with many people on the internet deciding which side of the argument they fall on.
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