Vin Diesel would be proud.
Two men drove from New York to Los Angeles in just 27 hours and 25 minutes last month, setting a new record in what is known among car enthusiasts as the Cannonball Run and beating the previous New York-to-LA land speed record by more than an hour, Road & Track reported.
Before they took the plunge and set off at 12:57 a.m. on Nov. 10 from Red Ball Garage on East 31st St. in New York, Arne Toman and Doug Tabbutt were just two car guys who loved illegally fast cross-country drives. But when they arrived at The Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach, Calif., 27 hours and 25 minutes later, they became Cannonball legends.
“Don’t just meet your heroes, beat your heroes,” Tabbutt said in a mini-documentary that followed their record-breaking run on the car-focused YouTube channel VINwiki.
The record Toman and Tabbutt were racing for was set back in 2013, when Ed Bolian and Dave Black averaged a speed of 98 mph in their 28-hour, 50-minute Cannonball Run. In the VINwiki documentary, Toman described that mark as “pretty much unbeatable.”
They took it down with plenty of time to spare, but a lot more goes into a Cannonball Run than just hopping in a 2015 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG sedan and flooring it, though there was plenty of that. Toman and Tabbutt averaged 103 miles per hour, including the time spent on their four gas/bathroom/food breaks. Their max speed: 193 mph.
They enlisted Berkeley Chadwick as their third wheel and cop watcher, since driving 193 mph is illegal, even in the Midwest.
“Someone did get pulled over for 130 miles per hour,” Tabbutt said in the documentary, “but it wasn’t us. It was one of our spotters.” Their friend had been doing 130 in a Ferrari near Tabbutt’s hometown, not even spotting at the time but on his way to a meetup point, and talked his way out of the ticket.
As the designated Smokey spotter, Chadwick was armed with a pair of binoculars, two different radar detectors, a laser jamming system, a thermal camera on the roof, a police scanner and a CB radio, both with antennas mounted to the trunk, and an aircraft collision avoidance system, Road & Track reported. They also had emergency kill switches for the break and tail lights.
Of course some of that stuff didn’t help anyways. The …read more
Source:: Daily Times