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Breaking news: Coast-to-coast record broken in Ferrari 550, May 14, 2007.

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The following is a press release regarding the new Coast-to-Coast record.

The record was broken in a 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello - Color: Nero Daytona (rumored to be the only one painted that color). Owner: Dennis Collins of Dallas, Texas.

Bullrun 2007 – Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins Break Coast-to-Coast Record 31hrs 59 min– New York to LA

In the early hours of Monday 14th May 2007, Bullrunners Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins of Texas broke the almost 30 year old coast-to-coast road trip record of 32 hours and 51 minutes. They decided to attempt the record after taking a bet on the start line of the 2007 Bullrun Rally. They were bet $50,000 by a fellow entrant that this time would never be bettered in the modern era. Abandoning this years route of Montreal to Key West, they drove to New York City and prepared for a night start.

Brock Yates created the idea modern rally when he started the infamous Cannonball Runs. Since then Bullrun has taken on the mantel of the modern navigational rally replacing out and out point to point racing with their version of luxury car rallies including celebrities and drivers from around the world and a huge TV franchise supporting the Bullrun brand.

In 1979, the winning Jaguar XJS achieved an incredible time of 32hrs 51 minutes from New York to the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach. Many thought this legendary 'Sea to Shining Sea' endurance time would never be beaten and indeed has proved unbreakable until now….

Having already heavily prepared their Ferrari 550 for this years' Bullrun Rally, Montreal to Key West, they felt they had a real chance to challenging the time. With extra fuel cells and an onboard spare tire they left Manhattan on the evening of May 12 th. They phoned their wives, who promptly flew to LA to greet the would be champions.

Having created motoring history, Dennis and Richard are expected to catch up with Rally in time for the celebrations in Key West.



31 hours 59 minutes, beating Yarborough and Heinz's 32h 51m.

~88 mph average speed.

"Since Richard and Dennis were on the Bullrun their car was fitted with multiple cameras. The start and end points were chosen with extreme care. A camera crew was sent to New York City and they were met with a camera crew at the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach with them to document their trip.

A conference call regarding all footage and information took place today. All is in order. "
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wow thats pretty crazy.... 88mph average is nutz too.

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no ticket during that time on highway?
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By claiming these facts and number, can't cops just straight up arrest these guys? (88mph avg...i don't even know what to say...that's ridiculous)
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I would think that the cops would have to be there, so to speak. I have made it from Nacogdoches, Tx. to Las Vegas, NV in just over 21 hours, and have done several trips from Houston to Nantucket in the 34 hour range...and I was haullin ass each time.....I can't imagine how fast they were going and I wonder what their top speed was?

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By claiming these facts and number, can't cops just straight up arrest these guys? (88mph avg...i don't even know what to say...that's ridiculous)
Not really. I cruise control at 86mph's going from From SLC to Vegas every other weekend and have never had a problem. . . .

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Not really. I cruise control at 86mph's going from From SLC to Vegas every other weekend and have never had a problem. . . .
HUGE difference here. It's 88mph avg. It takes A LOT to come up with that high of an avg speed including gas/stops/lights/traffic.

I go 6 hrs to mammoth regularly and cruise around ~75-85 mph. My trip computer usually works around to ~35mph AVERAGE and that is not even including the time the car is off getting gas/meals/nature calls.

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By claiming these facts and number, can't cops just straight up arrest these guys? (88mph avg...i don't even know what to say...that's ridiculous)
anyone see mischief 3000?

They do a 'gumball' race from nyc to hollywod shows them getting pulled over and everything.
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That is very very very fast!!

They must have only quickly stopped for gas and ate very little the entire trip. And even doing that to yet still avg. 88mph. Cruise control must have been set for well over a 100mph. I dont see how they wouldnt have gotten stopped by a few cops as well. So count at least a couple lengthy stops by the police as well. Thats nuts

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MORE INFO!

FACTS:

(1) Richard drove back from Montreal while Dennis rested.
(2) They pulled all Bullrun stickers off of their car in NY.
(3) They acquired an EZ-Pass from Tri-State area limo driver.
(4) Date and time confirmations were captured by Bullrun cameramen.
(5) Cameramen shot coverage of the car, liscence plate, odometer and VIN # at both the start and finish.
(6) They have receipts for all EZ-Pass and gas fill-ups.
(7) The had roughly 48 gallons in their tanks after stops.
(8) They used computer programs to calculate pace as well as GPS for positioning.
(9) The lost the drivers side windshield wiper very early in the run.
(10) It rained in Pennsylvania, but was clear the rest of the run.
(11) They took the southern route.
(12) Their wives and a camera crew met them when they arrived at the Portofino Inn. The camera crew, again, shot the car, the plates, the VIN number and odometer.

Videos i could find.

BULLRUN 2007
^^scroll down a few to find the interview VID!

YouTube - Bullrun Spinelli Alex Roy - Fast Lane Daily - 15May07

YouTube - Bullrun Gumball - Challenging The Record - Fast Lane Daily

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so any tickets during that time on highway?

My friend once got 3 tickets in less than 50 miles highway trip in Oregon by crusing around 90mph. Yeah he's the type of guy who never learns
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dayum, that avg speed is sick.

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In the videos they talk about them running around 160-180mph at times

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record time is impressive but managing not to get behind the bars by going 180mph is just AMAZING.
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