A team of 3 anonymous individuals have set a new Cannonball Run record, using an Audi A8 and taking advantage of motorways emptied by the coronavirus to drive from New York City to Redondo Beach, California, in 26 hours, 38 minutes.
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Driving from NY to LA in under 27 hours is FAST, and according to NBC they would have had to average 106mph over 2800 miles to make it happen (not counting fuel stops). Which apparently, they did.
3 anonymous individuals are believed to have broken a new transcontinental record, using an Audi A8 and taking advantage of freeways emptied by the coronavirus to drive from New York City to Redondo Beach, California, in 26 hours, 38 minutes. https://t.co/e8Mib4YZNI
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 12, 2020
It looks like other people in the driving community aren’t happy with them though. Especially the guy who broke the record in 2006 – Alex Roy. He reckons they should have waited until lockdown was lifted and the roads were clear before attempting the record:
These things are always irresponsible. The consequences now are very different. Any other time if one arrives safely, no harm, no foul — in theory. Morally questionable? For sure.
A run now brings with it the unknown. Did I touch a fuel pump, did I transmit the virus, did I contribute to the problem in an immeasurable way? Once you enter into the zone of doing such a thing today, one can never know if you can say no harm, no foul.
Sounds like sour grapes if you ask me. I mean OK attempting the Cannonball Run record during coronavirus lockdown is not only irresponsible but also arguably cheating as well, but as far as I know there’s nothing in the rule book that forbids making the drive during a pandemic? So technically this crew didn’t cheat at all. Clearly the haters are just jealous they didn’t come up with the idea first.
Besides, as this guy points out, the Cannonball Run breaks several road rules in itself, with or without a pandemic:
It looks like the trio of riders are staying anonymous for now, so we’ll have to see whether their drive will count towards the record books, even if they do need to stick an asterisk beside it. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
For the quarantined Iroman champion who lost a virtual race because her idiot husband accidentally tripped over the plug, click HERE.