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The 2016 C2C Express

Since our NY to LA record in 2013, there has been a renewed spirit of Cannonball enthusiasm. It has taken many forms. Last year we participated in and won The 2904. In 2015 there were 12 new Cannonball-style records claimed. There was also a new event started, called the C2C Express. It is similar to The 2904 in budget (purchase price <$3k) but it comes with the added stipulation of only using cars built before 1980.

One of the most competitive teams in the 2014 2904 was led by Arne from AMS Performance. Their Crown Vic was beautifully built. A few months ago, he asked if I would join him in his 1974 Dodge Monaco Bluesmobile for the trip. I gladly accepted the invitation. After carefully planning the other two drives, I felt I was overdue for an arrive and drive program.

Thank you to everyone involved who made it an amazing trip.

We left one Cannonball car at the airport to fly to meet our latest cross country steed.


Arne and his team did an amazing job prepping the car.


And here it is, a 1974 Bluesmobile with a 2003 Silverado V8

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Shaking the car down on a drive from Chicago to NY.



Stopping for dinner and a sunset pic.


Late night arrival at the Red Ball Thursday. Unfortunately the car would not fit up the Red Ball elevator so we parked it around the corner.



We are team Bluesmobile


Enjoyed breakfast with Dave Maher – co-holder of the 2006 NY to LA record of 31 hours 4 mins which we beat in 2013.


Then went to meet the owner of this interesting car for lunch.


Mr. Alex Roy.


With Arne as well.


And with Forrest


The interior of the M5.


Parked with the Bluesmobile.

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Last minute muffler and door latch repair in New Jersey

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Pre-Launch Dinner was near Times Square


With John Ficarra, preparing for his record 8th Competitive Cannonball-Style event.


The honorable 1979 Cannonball Veteran John Harrison presiding


The first to depart was a diesel Mercedes (pre-79 in spirit)


Nicely done fuel cell.


The roof of the Red Ball, seen from our hotel.


The Friday’s where we ate before the 2013 record run. If you need mindless, bland, pre-road trip food in New Jersey – this is your place.


All systems arranged in the car.




And we set off. Stamping the starting document at the Red Ball employee time clock.


First 100 miles went well.


And then I got a ticket in PA. Not pictured. 12 mins stopped.

First fuel stop.

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Chris, my co-driver from 2904, ran scout for us in OH for a bit in his gorgeous M5.


Strong moving average.


And then, I-70 was closed for 45 mins in Indiana.


Good time for a group photo.


And the sun comes up…and no-AC begins to get fun.


Passing the arch.


Passenger side mission control.



At the helm.

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In New Mexico our fuel pump seized. Fortunately, Forrest channeled his inner Jeremy Clarkson and fixed it miraculously with a hammer.


Into the sun


Getting closer.


Final fuel stop


Entering LA


Led through the Redondo Beach fog by multi-record holder Carl Reese to the Portofino.


And we arrive.

Official time: 34:17 – dubbed as a “classic car Cannonball record.”




Trip stats:


Traditional post-Cannonball breakfast at the only 24 hour place in Redondo – Denny’s.


Breakfast Monday morning.


Reflecting on a great time at the C2C Express.

Traditional post-race pics.

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A few of the other teams that made the event so much fun.

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  1. Ben Charlie safari wilson

    September 19, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    So cool man. The perfect pre 1980 car 😎

  2. Tom Bresette

    October 4, 2016 at 8:10 am

    That’s a very impressive time, especially when compared to Roy’s. This even looks like it would be a lot of fun!

  3. John Harrison

    October 23, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Nice job. Both driving and writing.

  4. Gerry

    October 30, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Ed, where do I sign up a team for next years event

  5. Walter

    April 29, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    I heard about that cross country record. Unfortunately, the way I heard about it was a classmate from high school was killed trying to recreate it. He had read the story online and thought it would be “cool” to drive cross country really fast. He was 26 years old and was killed in Ohio when he lost control of his car on I-70 doing 112+ mph through a construction zone. The state police said it was a miracle he didn’t kill anyone else. Its a shame you take such pride in that record, since it was a bad example for others to follow.

  6. Brandon

    February 13, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    I’m very sorry to hear about your classmate from high school who lost his life chasing a dream. I must say however, that just because an activity is dangerous is no reason not to be proud of holding it. There are records for many dangerous things. The most amount of beer consumed in an hour, the land speed record, the farthest distance jumped in a car, etc. If records were without risk, what would be the point? Of course it’s a must to be as responsible as possible when partaking in risky activities such as driving at high speed across the country which is why safety items such as brakes are not included in the budget, teams usually have several people to allow the drivers to rest, and everybody tries to be as safe as possible.

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