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4 December 2019

700hp AMG obliterates Cannonball Run across America

By Iain KellyIain Kelly

Driving 4545km in just 27 hours and 25 minutes is an epic feat, involving lightning-fast pit stops, incredible engineering, and huge stamina. To do it on public roads among people who could turn you in to Johnny Law, is mind-bending. And three guys have just done such a feat, blowing the Cannonball Run record into the weeds.

The Cannonball Run, or driving as fast as possible from the Red Ball Garage in New York City, across continental America, to Los Angeles' Portofino Inn, is a concept over 50 years old. The illegal protest of federal highway speed limits has a new trio of champions in Arne Toman, Doug Tabutt and Berkley Chadwick.

You don't just hop in your mega-powered car to own a Cannonball record; the planning and car-prep is almost insane, and the 2019 crew's personal planning was military-like. But, with crowded roads and the average speed of these record runs now at 100mph, is it time for public safety to come first?