World record US cross-country drive


If you keep putting off that cross-country road trip because you can’t take three weeks off work, you could always follow in the footsteps of these guys and do it over the course of a weekend instead. Arne Toman, Douglas Tabbutt, and Berkeley Chadwick said they drove from New York City to Los Angeles in just 27 hours and 25 minutes, setting a new world record.

Supposedly driving at an average speed of 103 miles per hour, and reportedly hitting a high of 193, they somehow avoided getting a single speeding ticket.

They began the journey on November 11 at 12:57 AM at the Red Ball Garage in Manhattan in a tuned-up Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and arrived at the Portofino hotel in Los Angeles just over a day later, breaking the previous record by a little more than an hour. They used aids like Waze, radar detectors, and even live scouts to identify any police presence and avoid them.

Needless to say, this method of cross-country road-tripping isn’t exactly recommended. For one, you’ll be lucky if you don’t end up in jail, buried under a mountain of speeding tickets or even badly hurt in a serious crash. And even if you do make the trip in record time, you’ll have missed pretty much everything worth seeing along the way.

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