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Cannonball Record

An Open Letter to Anyone Who Wants to Break the NY to LA Record

Dear Lunatic,

Congratulations on your interest in spending untold amounts of money and taking some really preposterous risks in hopes of adding your name to a short of list of other crazy people that no one really knows exists. It is a lot of fun, though, and a great challenge for any driver and team. If you found this page searching for How to Break the Cannonball Record, consider this an invitation to the discussion. A critical part of our success in this was the wealth of information available for past attempts, publications, and Alex Roy in particular. Don’t be shy about coming to me or Dave early in your preparation because we truly want to be a part of the conversation.

It is worth saying that we cannot advise that anyone pursue this for a multitude of reasons. As the latest torchbearer to this pursuit I want to make myself available to anyone who is interested in learning more about it and approaching this in an educated way.

Let me know! There is no prize to secrecy and we all want to help. The collective knowledge that already exists is one of the greatest assets that you can use to make the trip safer, cheaper, and most possible. It takes an amazing team to make this possible. The people who could speak to the subject that I spoke to were very forthcoming about their decisions and plans. Email me and with your contact info and I will be happy to speak with you on the phone to discuss what I have learned through this great process.

Be able to prove it. Find a good way to verify your drive. There are a lot of ways to do that. We used a satellite tracking device, several GPS units, and took lots of pictures.


Being about to tell your story is a big part of it. We all come to this idea for different reasons, from unique backgrounds, and using different strategies. We all love talking about prepping the cars and the general tactics that we used to do it.

Most of all be safe. The accident and arrest record of all modern known attempts at this record is impeccable and everyone that you speak to will echo that safety and preparation are top tenets of how we approach this. This exists on such a fringe of social acceptability that it is imperative that we maintain these priorities.

Enjoy the ride. Dave, Dan, and myself have truly enjoyed the process. We are pleased to have joined the fraternity of other crazy people who have also obsessed about this in some portion of their lives and I can’t wait to hear what you have in mind. Stay in touch and best of luck.

Ed Bolian

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  1. James

    March 5, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I heard theres a possibility that you faked your attempt. Alex roy in a podcast stated your attempt through the grapevine was faked. I really hope not Ed, thats not right of you. if you can’t do it, you can’t.

    • Ed Bolian

      March 5, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Alex is a fun guy. I speak with him often. I really enjoyed his comments in that podcast. He repeatedly said that he thought we had actually done it. I was more interested in the piece of information that he said he had seen that would be illegal for me to reveal but made him believe it. Not sure what that is. I can assure you we did it and the data that we posted is more proof than he ever made available to the public. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Carl

    March 7, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Hey Ed,
    I have been dreaming of breaking this record since I first heard of it when I was seventeen. I want reach out and talk to you soon and get some advice. I have been following your story really closely and I defiantly have some questions for you.


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