The Cannonball Run record was broken seven times within five weeks after illegal racers hit the empty streets to block New York City from Los Angeles while the corona virus was blocked.
The latest record holders, who have not yet been named, completed the 2,800 km long overland journey in less than 26 hours, surpassing last month's record of 26 hours and 38 minutes.
Not much is known about the latest champions, including the car they drove or actual time, but the team reached an average speed of 120 mph, according to 2013 record-breaker Ed Boilan.
A new team broke the Cannonball Run record after driving from New York City to Los Angeles in less than 26 hours – surpassing last month's record of 26 hours and 38 minutes
Cannonball Runs typically begin in the Red Ball Garage in New York City and travel approximately 3,000 miles to the Portofino Hotel & Marina in Los Angeles County, California
The 2013 record holder, Ed Boilan, announced that the record had been broken seven times in the past five weeks, as more drivers faced the challenge while the coronavirus was blocked
Boilan, whose record is 28 hours and 50 minutes, announced that more drivers took up the challenge after coronavirus barriers cleared roads across the country.
"Surely we had some averages over 110 (mph) across states, they were over 120 (mph) across states," he said on his YouTube channel last week.
"They had over 30 spotters, an amazingly well-prepared car, and everything went as well as they hoped."
It comes after a team of three set a new speed record last month and took off from Red Bull Garage – the traditional start of the race – in New York City at around 11:15 p.m. on April 4.
Just over a day later, the team reached the traditional finish line at the Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach, California. They have not publicly announced which path they have taken.
The Cannonball Run, launched in 1971 under the name "Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shinning Sea Memorial Trophy Dash", is a cross-country race in which people drive almost 3,000 miles in a short amount of time.
Creator Brock Yates, a former editor of Car and Driver magazine, organized the illegal cross-country race four times in the 1970s.
A photo shared on Facebook showed last month's record car, an Audi A8 sedan from 2019 (picture), with two plastic ship tanks in the trunk
The previous team's record run was displayed on an iPad glued to the headrest of the driver's seat
David Diem and Doug Turner set a record of 32 hours and 7 minutes before Yates broke up the races. The record remained untouched until 2006.
Last November, Arne Toman, Doug Tabbutt and Berkeley Chadwick broke the previous Cannonball Run record with a time of 27 hours and 25 minutes.
Photos shared on Facebook showed an Audi A8 sedan from 2019 with two plastic ship tanks that were attached to the trunk and were supposedly the car used.
“There was a new cannonball record on the street yesterday at 26:38. Damn it, it's quick, wrote Rehv Mark, who has since deleted the post.
In the meantime, a small group of people who had participated in the C2C Express and the 2094 races – spin-offs from the Cannonball Run in recent years – also planned to run a Cannonball Run on April 4.
However, as COVID-19 emergency orders are increasing in the individual states and the national number of fatalities continues to increase every day, the event was canceled.
Arne Toman (right), Doug Tabutt (left) and Berkeley Chadwick (in the back seat) broke a record for taking part in a Cannonball Run that cross-country from New York to Los Angeles in no time
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While such a performance is usually a reason to celebrate, some social media users and Cannonball Run fans have described the latest run in the midst of the pandemic as "terrible."
As of Saturday, the United States has 1,600,937 confirmed cases and 95,979 deaths.
Shelter-in-place orders have limited millions to their homes, and social distance guidelines leave little room for gatherings.
As a result, some believe that the latest record holders may have wrongly used the almost empty streets and the sudden drop in traffic to their advantage.
"This is the shabbiest S *** I've heard in a few weeks and hasn't come straight from the oval office," wrote a Twitter user.
Another called the crew "self-glorifying" and urged the media to ignore the controversial new record.
"To my friends in the automotive media, they seem to be about to be hit by some attention seekers who are demanding a new" record "for the Cannonball Run," they wrote.
"The choice is yours: enlarge undeserved ** holes or pay close attention to what they deserve, which is not."
Alex Roy, who set the first modern record in 2006, said the last Cannonball Run could have had a bigger consequence.
Roy said, "If you hit a truck that transports medical care and people die from it, it's up to you."
“People count on these trucks moving. It's not funny. & # 39;
Some people suggested that the new record was not officially recognized by the community due to the current national crisis.
But others pushed back against the naysayers, who claimed the test run was deaf and even pointed out that the race was illegal anyway.
"How do you tarnish something that is illegal and that the general public already hates?" asked John Ficarra, the founder and organizer of The 2094.
Ficarra added that there is no sanctioning point for the illegal Cannonball Run.
"If we come together as The Council of Cannonball or whatever and say," No, we forbid it, "who really does it? This whole Cannonball thing is little potatoes. It'll go by. & # 39;
Ed Bolian, a cannonball driver who set a record of 28 hours and 50 minutes in 2013, agreed.
"Do I think this is the best time to use while the country is in a pandemic?
"Probably not, but it's terrible for me to say that a cocaine dealer says a heroin dealer is terrible."
C2C Express founder and organizer Ben "Charlie Safari" Wilson admitted that he understood why some would consider this the perfect time for a cannonball run, but said that it was irresponsible.
"Driving through the country quickly without stopping is never entirely responsible, but now is the wrong time," said Wilson.
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