Atlanta man sets new record for the fastest NY-to-LA drive
The unofficial 2006 record for fastest drive from New York City to Los Angeles - a 2,813-mile trip - was shattered in October this year, by 28-year-old Atlanta man Ed Bolian and a two-man crew.
Bolian, his co-driver Dave Black, and support passenger Dan Huang covered the distance from New York City to Los Angeles in 28 hours and 50 minutes; thereby breaking the previous fastest drive record for the trip by more than two hours.
Bolian, Black and Huang left the Red Ball Parking Garage on 31st Street in New York City at 9:55 p. m. on October 19; in a souped-up 2004 Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG. The Mercedes was outfitted with additional 22-gallon gas tanks, several GPS units, a police scanner, and two laser jammers to evade detection by police radar.
The trio reached the Portofino Hotel and Marina in Redondo Beach, Calif., on October 20, at 11:46 p. m. local time.
Revealing that the average speed of the Mercedes was 98 miles per hour, Bolian said that they made only three halts - for refueling the car, adding oil, and taking restroom breaks - during the 2,813-mile trip.
Noting that the record-shattering trip from New York to Los Angeles "went completely perfectly," Bolian - who is a Lamborghini sales director at the Motorcars of Georgia in Atlanta - said: "We had no traffic, no construction, no accidents, we didn't find any speed traps and had no bad weather . It was perfection."