28 Hours 50 Minutes

Breaking news yesterday hints that an Atlanta team has conquered Roy & Maher’s 32:04. The Mercedes-Benz AMG department must have heard enough about BMW’s M division over the last seven years. Here’s the basics for you to talk about this with your buddies:

  • Car: 2004 Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG
  • Time: 28 hours 50 minutes (Google Maps estimated time? 40 hours 30 minutes)
  • Miles: 2,813
  • Average Speed: 98 mph
  • Start Line: Red Ball Parking Garage on 31st Street in New York City at 9:55 p.m. on Oct. 19.
  • Finish Line: Portofino Hotel and Marina in Redondo Beach, Calif., at 11:46 p.m. local time on Oct. 20
  • Fuel Stops: 3
  • Stated Equipment:  two 22-gallon gas tanks, police scanner, two Garmin GPS units, iPad connectivity, rear light kill switch, fuel cell activation switch, CB radio with trunk mounted antenna, and two laser jammers
  • Team: Driver Ed Bolian, Co-Driver Dave Black, and support passenger Dan Huang

Another interesting tidbit:

“Another driver, who wishes to remain anonymous, attempted the same journey a week prior and could only muster a time of 31 hours and 17 minutes. When he finished the run, he sent a text message to Alex Roy. It said only: “Long live the King.””

It’s like 2004 all over again!

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Have time on your hands? Read the extended articles here:

Jalopnik: http://jalopnik.com/meet-the-guy-who-drove-across-the-u-s-in-a-record-28-h-1454092837

Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/10/31/atlanta-man-recounts-ny-to-la-drive-in-record-28-hours-50-minutes/