32 Hours and 7 Minutes with Alex Roy

Alex Roy BMW m5

Earlier today, I was forwarded this story on a record-breaking car "race" from New York to Los Angeles.

In 1983, two men in a Ferrari set a record of driving from a garage in Manhattan to the beach in L.A. in 32 hours and 7 minutes. The record has sat unbroken for 22 years. Numerous people have tried to best that nearly impossible time (a small airplane can barely make the flight in that time), and the article chronicles one person's journey.

Alex Roy, a rich young heir from New York spent hundreds of hours and tens of thousands of dollars in researching and preparing for the task of breaking the record. His vehicle, a 2000 BMW M5 was fitted with a 16 gallon reserve tank, 2 GPS systems, a laser jammer, 3 police scanners, a CB radio, a Valentine One radar detector, and a thermal camera that allows night-vision while driving with the headlights off. He also used two planes to travel ahead of him and look for police speed traps. To beat the 22 year old record, the car needs to average 90 miles an hour for the 2,795 mile trip. Insane... To reduce potty-breaks, Alex and his team packed the car full of water and Travel Johns, a bag which instantly solidifies liquid after urinating into it. Once again, insane...

I won't go into too much detail since the article covers the entire trip. It is probably one of the most fascinating articles I've ever read and one that is guaranteed to make you remark, "oh my gosh" several times while reading it...