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A Quick Tour of the World’s Greatest Road Trip Car!

Here is a quick tour of the car that we used to break the New York to LA Cannonball record. The pictures are of the car after we got it back. The car is a 2004 Mercedes CL55 AMG that began the trip with about 115k miles and finished with around 118k. I have owned the car since June of 2012. Here is a list of what we had in the car.

  • Valentine 1 Radar/Laser Detector x 2
  • Passport/Escort Radar/Laser Detector & Diffuser
  • Laser Interceptor Laser Diffuser/Jammer
  • 2 x Garmin GPS Units with XM Traffic
  • 3 x iPhone Cradles with Chargers
  • iPad Cradle and Charger
  • Satellite Tracking Device
  • Uniden Police Scanner with GPS & Radio Antenna
  • Cobra 29 CB Radio with K40 Antenna
  • Toll passes for the pertinent areas
  • 2 x 2 Gallon Auxiliary Fuel Cells with Transfer Pumps
  • Custom Switch Panel with kill switch for rear lights, fuel pump control, power to all devices, Passport & LI Controls
  • Power Inverter with Outlets in Center Console
  • Full Size Spare
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Full Size Hydraulic Jack
  • Cooler
  • A few things that we won’t talk about here!
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    Brandon
    January 28th, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Ed, I dare say that this car is worthy of a place in automotive history. Do you plan on showing it/ putting it on display etc.?
    – based on the two different types of radar detectors you used (simultaneously) what’s your take on them?
    -Finally, when are you going to write a book? …. I’ll gladly order an advanced copy.

    Take care & drive safe.

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    William Jordan
    September 22nd, 2014 at 4:16 am

    I am looking to do my own run. I have a few questions and any help would be much appreciated. Thank you for your time.

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    Gregory Scott
    May 5th, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Greetings, Ed. I’ve met Alex Roy and seen his cross-country ride, and hope to meet you and yours sometime. (You should take the CL55 on the auto show circuit.) Can you comment on how effective you found the Laser Interceptor and the Passport Laser Detector & Diffuser? Any operational tips? How did you choose both, and how much did you trust them in use? Do they interfere with your Valentine 1? THANKS for doing the deed and setting the standard.

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      Ed Bolian
      May 9th, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      We only hit a couple laser traps but we had plenty of warning. No issues that we could discern. We used a V1, Escort, and Laser Interceptor System. The new AL Priority system is better for laser jamming. No interference with V1 from either. Thank you for the kind words. Hope our paths cross soon.

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    Camilo Martinez
    September 5th, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Did you use any navigation apps (such as Waze) that provide crowd-sourced traffic, hazard, and other info? I know you had your own crew scouting the route and were loaded with technology, but were there any apps you found useful? Congrats on the drive!

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      Ed Bolian
      September 6th, 2016 at 10:15 am

      We did use Waze and Trapster (which Nokia has since shut down). Most of the driving was done in a scheduled way to avoid high traffic times and areas which meant that Waze was not terribly useful. I definitely love the app though!

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