The Coldest Cannonball Run Record. On Record.

25 Nov

Cannonball

“Absolutely terrible.”
“The dumbest thing I’ve ever done.”
“It’s Stalingrad. On wheels.”

These are just a few of the things my teammate Zach Bowman and I said to each other a little over a year ago, on what has to be the craziest, bravest, and coldest thing I’ve ever done: 2823 miles, non-stop except for gas, in an open-wheeled, wooden-framed, convertible 2014 Morgan 3-wheeler.

Why? To set — to the best of my knowledge — the first (and possibly last) 3-wheeled “Cannonball Run” record ever, from New York City to Redondo Beach, California.

It rained. It snowed. My catheter froze. (Don’t worry, it was external.) Also, it tugged. Every time it caught on something underneath the car. Why? Because I ran the tube down my leg and through a whole we’d drilled through the metal floor of the Morgan.

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Alex Roy + Volvo S90 = Midnight Sun Record Run

27 Sep

Cannonball Run

Is there a Swedish Cannonball Run-style endurance driving record? I don’t know. But now there’s this. A 17 hour, 9 minute run from the top of Sweden to the bottom, using the new Volvo S90 and Pilot Assist.

I don’t always use internal combustion vehicles to set records.
But when I do—

Drive safely, my friends.

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Watch This Time-Lapse Footage of the Tesla Cannonball Run Finish in Manhattan

26 Sep

Cannonball Run

Only two kinds of dashcam videos are any fun: 1) an expert lap of the Nurburgring and 2) the end of a Cannonball Run-type drive cross country. The biggest difference between them? The best Nurburgring videos are all under eight minutes, but the last eight minutes of any record run always depict two breathless men stopped at a series of red lights, looking for a bathroom.

Those days are over.

In a world where people claim such records without video, I present to you the final leg of our latest (ahem) achievement: the new Electric & Autonomous Cannonball Run records, as depicted in a gorgeous high resolution time lapse, compressed into less than 60 seconds.
This clip depicts the end of our journey, from Eastern Pennsylvania across New Jersey, through the Holland Tunnel into Manhattan, then our battle through downtown traffic to reach the Red Ball Garage.

Watch the video over at The Drive

How We Broke The Electric & Semi-Autonomous Cannonball Run Records

23 Sep

Cannonball Run

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.

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Electric and Autonomous Cannonball Run Records Shattered. In a Tesla. Again.

21 Sep

Tesla Cannonball

August 24th, 2016, at 0126hr PST, a 2016 Tesla Model S 90D departed the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach, California. The team of Alex RoyWarren “Mr. X” Ahner & Franz Aliquo transited 2,877 miles to the Red Ball Garage in New York City in precisely 55 hours, shattering the Electric Vehicle (EV) Cannonball record by 2 hours & 48 minutes.

The trio also set a new Autonomous Driving (AD) Cannonball record, using Tesla’s semi-AD Autopilot 7 97.7% of the journey from coast to coast, bettering the prior record of 96.1%.

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Alex Roy’s Digest 5.1.16: Electric Ferrari, Charging Stations, Tesla Skeptics, Self-Driving Civic

1 May

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat: Electric Ferrari 308

An electric Ferrari 308? Be still my beating heart. This speaks to me on so many levels. Magnum, P.I. is the obvious one, but 32:07 is the other. A red Ferrari similar to this one set the Transcontinental Driving Record in 1983 on the U.S. Express, and will always be the quintessential Cannonball car. Except for a certain E39 BMW M5.

How to buy an electric vehicle charging station. Just in case you wanted to know. Continue reading

How Far Will A Tesla Drive Itself? Let’s Find Out The Hard Way. LIVE.

10 Apr

Tesla Cannonball

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?

Check in throughout the day at The/Drive‘s via Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter for LIVE updates as we brave the storm. Details to follow Monday, 4/11/16. #ManhattanToMotorCity everywhere…

Alex Roy’s Cannonball Run Buyer’s Guide

20 Jan

Alex Roy’s Cannonball Run Buyer’s GuideWhat is the best car for a Cannonball Run? Ah, the eternal question of car-loving criminals and outlaws, and car lovers with no criminal intent whatsoever. The conventional wisdom is not wisdom, because it is almost all based on the Cannonball Run and Gumball Rally movies. Although inspired by real events, both were comedies that glossed over the hardcore strategizing required to get dozens of cars cross-country at 100-plus mph, and to do it safely. The movies have literally nothing to teach us about the “right” car for running a Cannonball today.

Read the rest of my latest article over at The Drive…

The Cannonball Run. Past and Future.

18 Dec

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat

The true story of the Cannonball Run is mostly limited to its wiki page and Brock Yatesbook. Luckily, Andrew Fails of RightFootDown has assembled this great article from interviews with myself and Ed Bolian. The only good article on the topic in years.

Enjoy.

VIDEO: Morgan 3-Wheeler Cannonball Run Record Part 2

9 Dec

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat

The second video is up from the Morgan 3-Wheeler Cannonball Run Record, which shows our departure and the suffering, danger and madness of driving 90mph through rain and sleet. Did I mention repairs? Breakdowns? Terror? Fear? The agony of impending defeat? It’s all there. Did you miss part 1? Here it is.

Oh, 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…