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Team drives across U.S. in under 29 hours avg speed 100 mph

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  1. Renegade

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    Atlanta man shatters coast-to-coast 'Cannonball Run' speed record - CNN.com

    When they were moving, which, impressively, was all but 46 minutes of the trip, they were averaging around 100 mph. Their total average was 98 mph, and their top speed was 158 mph, according to an onboard tracking device


    I think this bullshit, unless there is some secret superhighway I do not know about. I travel from Texas to East Coast several times a year, it is impossible to not run into weather, traffic, accidents and other things that slow you down. I can barely average the speed limit. And not a single cop saw them cruise by at 100+? Or every one that did, did nothing. NFW.

    Sure, there are patches you can easily hit 158MPH, even 200+ but to average 100 MPH is almost mathematically and statistically impossible. I would love to see a GoPro video of the entire trip proving it.
     


  2. txinvestigator

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    It is possible. I saw it in a movie years ago. Pretty sure Dean Martin was the driver.... ;)
     
  3. TX69

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    From the article...

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    They hit a patch of traffic in New York that held them up for 15 minutes but soon had an average speed of about 90 mph. In Pennsylvania, they tapped the first of many scouts, one of Bolian's acquaintances who drove the speed limit 150 to 200 miles ahead of the CL55 and warned them of any police, construction or other problems.

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    I'd say it appears to be possible. Also, an episode from Fast and Loud they claim to have run it in 31 hours or so and bought the car that someone had done it in a time before. Seems it happens more often than know.
     
  4. Renegade

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    These are the clues the episode was fake. Nobody is driving 150 across NJ as an average speed on their way to PA, which is how fast they would need to go to average 90 after being in NYC traffic for 15 minutes. I know, I lived there. One can get a google map and map it out. Math does not work.

    A spotter 150 miles ahead, when going 100-158 is still 90 minutes too soon and useless. Cops can setup radar immediately, accidents can back up traffic in minutes.

    Probably the most effective tool for ID'ing traffic is Waze, they did not even mention it.
     
  5. vmax

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    was Jack Elam with him?
     
  6. Renegade

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    No love for the Gumball Rally?
     
  7. txinvestigator

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    Some guy named Sammy Davis Jr, I think... ;)
     
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    burt reynolds
     
  9. Acera

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    Left about 10 pm on a Saturday night, most of the driving on Sunday when traffic is a lot lighter, definitely plausible. He did his planning, thought it out and made it work.

    Good story, I believe it.

    They beat the 1971 record by about 22%, with 42 years worth of improved technology. They beat the current record by only 7%.


    If you want to read about the 1st one.
    First Cannonball Run | Dan Gurney's All American Racers

    Here is the car that won it in 1971.

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  10. 35Remington

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    What seems impossible to me, is that not once was he visually observed by a cop who was just driving along in traffic. I can't make it from one side of town to another without that happening.
     


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