Copied from Nasioc..........
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. "