IamA Ed Bolian - Cannonball Run World Record Holder, I drove from New York to Los Angeles in 28 hours 50 minutes. AMA!
Last October I set a new record for the drive from New York to Los Angeles, colloquially known as the Cannonball Run Record (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannonball_Baker_Sea-To-Shining-Sea_Memorial_Trophy_Dash). My team and I did the drive in the spirit of the 1970’s event organized by Brock Yates from Car & Driver Magazine leaving from the Red Ball Parking Garage in Manhattan and finishing at the Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach, California on October 19-20, 2013. I used a Mercedes CL55 AMG with a lot of modifications. My co-driver was Dave Black and our navigator & support passenger was Dan Huang. I spent approximately 10 years preparing for the drive and we were successful at breaking the record in our first attempt.
The total distance of the trip was 2,813 miles and we completed the drive in 28 hours and 50 minutes, besting the previous record by 2 hours and 14 minutes. The overall average was just under 98 mph and the moving average, removing the 46 minutes that we were stopped for gas and driver changes, was 100.3 mph.
You can learn more about me at my web site - www.edbolian.com
And some history of the record - http://edbolian.com/a-bit-of-history-on-the-cannonball-record/
Here is a compilation of the major press - http://edbolian.com/press-for-the-cannonball-record/
A little bit about me and my background: I went to Georgia Tech and started an Exotic Car Rental company while I was there. For my day job I now serve as the Lamborghini & McLaren Sales Director at a multi-brand exotic car dealership in Atlanta. I have owned a great variety of interesting cars and driven just about everything that there is.
Ask me anything!
EDIT - This has been a lot of fun. Feel free to continue posting questions. I will keep checking back every couple of days and do my best to answer as many as possible.