This weekend I spewed 2000+ words of opinion-laden invective dissecting how a new event calling itself the “Cannonball Run” had betrayed the values of theoriginal — and of American car culture itself — by pretending to be something it is not.
The list of those insulted is too long to print. The list of those profiting from spitting on Cannonball Run founder Brock Yates’ grave? Short, but I don’t want to give them the satisfaction of naming them. Whatever the legalities involved, my opposition is based purely on the event being a cultural crime. Now that it has ended with a Havana bacchanal, more outrages and hypocrisy have come to light.
It didn’t take much digging to discover how much deeper the hypocrisy about “honoring” its namesake goes.
The bottom line?
The new “Cannonball Run” makes the Gumball 3000 look like The 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Read the rest over at The Drive…
Two days ago, Franz Aliquo, Warren “Mr. X” Ahner, and I announced that we broke both the electric and autonomous vehicle Cannonball Run records, covering 2,877 miles from Redondo Beach, California to the Red Ball Garage in 55 hours—97.7 percent of that time with Tesla’s Autopilot in operation. A lot of people asked about how we did it.
This is the first part of that story.
Why do this?
Who doesn’t want to? California is the finish line of the Western world. It’s part of the American mythos, going back to the settlers. “Go west” is both exhortation and rallying cry, and I’ve done it dozens of times. After breaking the old Cannonball record in 2006 in 31 hours and 4 minutes, I thought “Cannonballing” was over; I was wrong. Regular gas cars don’t have a lot of room for improvement, but with electric and self-driving cars, the sky’s the limit. The next 20 years are going to see a lot more of this—done more safely—than ever before.
Read the rest over at The Drive…
How Far Will A Tesla Drive Itself? One Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous, one driver, 694 miles. Bad weather. Autonomous Driving & EV tech pushed to the limit. A shortcut I’ve been told not to take. What could go wrong?
What records could possibly be set? Safely?
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I’ve been invited by my former employers at Jalopnik to join their SXSW panel on The Future of Driving, Monday, March 14th from 6-10PM. They’re calling it The Great Jalopnik Throwdown, and it includes a free party at the Hype Hotel. Register here for tickets. Details? Click here.
Big things are afoot. I’ve been in Iceland for a few days working on a secret project. Next up is my trip to CES. Things are going to be quiet, until they’re not.
Prepare for a waterfall of new articles and updates, including three articles from Iceland, more advice on speeding, a massive assault on the WSJ, and as much CES coverage as I can write without passing out, all in the next two weeks.
More to follow…
The first video is up from the Morgan 3-Wheeler Cannonball Run Record, which shows some behind the scenes prep as well as interviews with mechanics George Mayer of Spot 44 & Amber Blonigan of GI Automotive.
If you haven’t already, check out Zach Bowman’s side-splitting “It Was Terrible” and my hyperbolic justification, “You Are All Cowards.”
Much, much more video is coming…
By now you’re probably aware of the most foolhardy cross-country driving record since Erwin “Cannonball” Baker first set out on a motorcycle 100+ years ago. Yes, I’m referring to 41 hour, 49 minute we miraculously completed in my Morgan 3-wheeler. If you haven’t read the full story… Continue reading
It’s true. Zach Bowman and I just set a new 3-wheeler Cannonball Record, crossing the country in a 2013 Morgan 3-Wheeler in 41 hours, 49 minutes.
In the dead of winter. It was Stalingrad on Wheels. Continue reading
I’m pleased to announce that Susan Anderson has joined Team Polizei & LiveDriveRepeat as our new official West Coast photographer, thanks to this picture.