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  • 'Cannonball' driver burned across US in 31 hours

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20071116...t_071116214632


    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Extreme sports fan Alex Roy said Friday he had smashed the record for the fastest "Cannonball run" across the United States, defying police and speed traps.
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    Alex Roy, 35, who waited a year to boast about his exploits and remains vague about the exact dates in a bid to avoid any prosecution, said he had blistered across 13 states in 31 hours and 4 minutes, breaking the old record by more than an hour.

    Car enthusiast and rally driver Roy travelled the 4,496 kilometers (2,794 miles) from New York on the East Coast to Santa Monica, California, on the West Coast at an average 145 kilometers (95 miles) an hour.

    At times though he reached top speeds of 257 kilometers (160 miles) an hour, breaking the previous record set in 1983 of 32 hours and 17 minutes.

    The American driver of German origin set the record at the wheel of his blue BMW stamped with "Team Polizei" and traveled with a cameraman to document the event.

    He also equipped his car with several GPS units, police scanners and radar detectors in a bid to avoid any speed traps.

    "The GPS really is not that useful because there is only four tolls and maybe four turns between New York and LA. This is purely to calculate our speed and time," he told a television reporter.

    He added that normally he's a very careful driver who has only been given one speeding ticket in the past five years.

    A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday. Jonathan Swift 1667-1745

    It's only a conspiracy when your party is not in power.

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    Somehow, he made it through alive. But his day is coming.

    A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday. Jonathan Swift 1667-1745

    It's only a conspiracy when your party is not in power.

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    • #3
      This is nothing but evil. It all about him - no matter who else it puts in danger. Hope he meets a tree soon ..... and I hope that the tree doesn't get too hurt.
      Space for rent .........

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      • #4
        I saw this on the Wired website last month.
        http://www.wired.com/cars/coolwheels..._cannonballrun

        He claims to have originally been inspired by this French short film from 1976:
        http://www.wired.com/cars/coolwheels..._cannonball_rd
        It's described as virtually a snuff film on wheels.

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        • #5
          This guy's license needs to be revoked permanently.

          There is nothing scientific about this stunt...it simply puts lives in danger and gets this guy media air time. I would hope I never meet this guy in person.
          -I don't feel you honor someone by creating a physical gesture (the salute). You honor them by holding them in memory and, in law enforcement, proceeding in vigilant, ethical police work. You honor this country or deceased soldiers or whatever you're honoring when you salute a flag by thinking, feeling, and continuing a life of freedom.

          --ArkansasRed24

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          • #6
            "Hello, Newman/Haas/Lanigan? I think you should see this."
            When reality becomes too unbearable.............When he can't give an intelligent answer to the comment made instead of the comment he wish were made....... he predictably............. slips into ........The Fantasy Zone.
            -JPR

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            • #7
              Originally posted by djack16 View Post
              This guy's license needs to be revoked permanently.
              There is nothing scientific about this stunt...it simply puts lives in danger and gets this guy media air time. I would hope I never meet this guy in person.
              I agree 100% and then some. Driving is a priviledge, not a right.
              Space for rent .........

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