Friday, November 1, 2013

Nosir, I Don't Like It One Bit...

Several folks sent in this story. I can't begin to describe how much I dislike this.

Atlanta man recounts NY-to-LA drive in record 28 hours, 50 minutes
Ed Bolian had a serious cross-country need for speed.

The 28-year-old Atlanta man and a two-man crew shattered the unofficial record for fastest drive from New York City to Los Angeles earlier this month by making the 2,813-mile trip in 28 hours and 50 minutes, besting the previous mark set in 2006 by more than two hours.
He *averaged* 98 miles per hour. AVERAGED. That means that for every minute he was stopped getting gas or taking a powder, that's a minute he had to be traveling far in excess of 98 miles per hour. I understand that, yes, there are sections of the United States where triple digit speeds are dangerous only to the occupants of the car traveling that fast - but not all of them.

These imbeciles, in their quest to set a record, put hundreds if not thousands of people at risk for their stunt. In many states what they did would be misdemeanor charges that would warrant a trip to jail - even in "Live Free or Die" New Hampshire, more than 20 MPH is sufficient cause to be arrested (don't ask me how I know...) All it would have taken was one car not realizing that they were hurtling along at triple digit speeds to make a lane change and this would have been a traffic fatality, not a record.

This is real life, not Cannonball Run, jerks.

That is all.


Wandering Neurons said...

Correction: Gumball Rally, not Cannonball Run. Much better movie, more realistic. If you haven't seen it, you must.
But yes, there's a time and place for high-speed runs, and public roads are NOT it any more. Maybe 40 years ago, but not now.
There have been several people killed in the last few years on a local stretch of road that's used for illegal drag racing, when there's at least one legal drag race track 20 miles away.
"There is no cure for human stupidity"

Dave H said...

Wandering Neurons is correct. Cannonball Run was Burt Reynolds watching Gumball Rally and thinking, "I wanna do that!" Gumball Rally was a much better movie. (Although I have an issue with the climax. In a road rally the winner isn't the first one across the finish line.)

I'm curious what route these fools took. If they were on the NY State Thruway I may have seen them. 5 or 6 times.

Sailorcurt said...

Except both cannonball run and gumball rally were based on an actual (albeit "outlaw) event

Personally, I think it's pretty cool to do this. Was any actual harm caused? No. So either they were very lucky, or they took sufficient precautions to prevent catastrophe. Considering the prep time they took in getting ready for the feat, I'd prefer to believe the latter.

The only real problem I see with it is the possibility of copycats who don't do the preparation and research and aren't as prepared...of course people like that have a really good chance of getting nabbed by the cops before they ever get out of Manhattan so there's that too.

B said...

Not really as unsafe as you might think, Major Interstates can handle a car at that speed, and with limited access, the fear of collisions isn't that great.

I used to do an after dark ralleye run in Illinois on Wednesday nights back when I had younger eyes and reflexes.... Good drivers with good cars running a set course at speed.

At no time did we ever exceed 140 MPH....Mostly....

But with running in the dark, the chance of hitting someone crossing the path of the racers was minimal.

And damn, it was fun.

No one ever got hurt either....

Jeff B said...

ASM826 said...

I'd rather have someone out on the interstate hauling ass than the people I see moving through urban traffic with their attention focused on their cellphones.

Jim said...

Ditto ASM826.

Fast drivers tend to be attentive drivers, and that in massive percentages.

Still, that goes moot, quickly, when Oscar Grope pulls into the passing lane without ever looking back to the horizon in his sideview mirror.

Most drivers only check a miniscule space around their car, and even look ahead only a few scant car lengths. They take a look, think they're clear, and move. All in under 2 seconds.

Our intrepid speedsters would be hard pressed to terminate a high speed pass when Mr. Grope oozes into the left lane in the same motion that he (hopefully) swiped at the turn signal lever.

I admire the feat of the speedsters. But, I don't admire it as a practice.....cause the odds will catch up.

The House always wins.

Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

harp1034 said...

Did they really do it? You can out run the cops but you can not out run the radio.

Lance R. Peak said...

So, your issue with this is basically "People did something illegal because they could, and no one got hurt, BUT THEY COULD HAVE!!", yes?

That sounds like the exact argument used against being able to carry a firearm to me.

Anonymous said...

Maybe your just a speed bigot.

Ed said...

Ralphie might shoot his eye out if he gets that Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas!

mikee said...

In 1982 I drove a rented B210 from Greenville, SC, to Orlando, FL, with the speedo pegged beyond the highest number (95mph, IIRC), without getting a ticket or killing myself.

The first police vehicle I saw on the entire drive was a Florida Highway Patrol pulling off the interstate a few cars ahead of me at my exit in Orlando.

I believe I used up all my driving karma for the 1980s on that drive, and can only cite it now as my experience behind agreeing that Gumball Rally is the movie to see.