“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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August 24th, 2016, at 0126hr PST, a 2016 Tesla Model S 90D departed the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach, California. The team of Alex Roy, Warren “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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What 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.
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The true story of the Cannonball Run is mostly limited to its wiki page and Brock Yates‘ book. 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.
The final video is up from the Morgan 3-Wheeler Cannonball Run Record, which shows our final stage, from breakdowns to multiple police traffic stops to our hair raising arrival in New York City. Did you miss Part 1? What about Part 2?
Oh, if you haven’t already, check out Zach Bowman’s side-splitting “It Was Terrible” and my hyperbolic justification, “You Are All Cowards.”
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…
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
Word is out that a cross-country record attempt will occur in my 2013 Morgan 3-wheeler. The run will be categorized according to its uniqueness, which means records in multiple categories, bravery being one of them. The vehicle is as prepped as it could possibly be. The skeptics are out on the run being completed without a major issue. What’s the over/under on success? Will it make it? Continue reading
Two Sundays ago I was invited by EV Cannonball Record holders Carl Reese & Deena Mastracci to a little place called the Portofino Inn. This was the finish line for several of the infamous Cannonball Runs. On October 18th, 2015, it would become the start line of something new. Continue reading