Outrunning the American Express Algorithm on a Cannonball

  • Published: 03 October 2017
  • In 2013, Ed set the NY to LA record of 28 hours 50 minutes. Fuel management was a big part of their strategy but it was not without issue. Here he tells us a bit more about what happened.

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Comments • 953

  • badad0166
    badad0166  3 days back

    Return lines? Or a teeny hose to piss out on the windshield like a Nascar radiator! Ah, well... See you at the laundromat...

    • Tony Anderson
      Tony Anderson  4 days back

      I don't know if this is helpful or not. But when I was a touring musician, I used to tour in an old bus.to cut down on stops. Someone drilled a hole in the back left corner,installed a long tube through the hole and put a funnel on the other end about waist high so we could take"piss breaks"without stopping. (We also put a pingpong ball in funnel so the smell wouldn't come through the bus too)

      • Surg Rubin
        Surg Rubin  7 days back

        Pull a fuel tank trailer for 3/4 of trip

        • Gavin
          Gavin  1 weeks back

          I work for a company that designs long range fuel tanks and we use a meathod we call it gravity feed which means no fuel pumps are required to transfer fuel from the auxiliary tank to the main tank

          • Joe Stephan
            Joe Stephan  1 weeks back

            In one of the original Cannonball Runs there were four guys in a crew cab pickup who built a 150 gallon gas tank. Because they all came from a racing background, when they had to stop each had a specific duty like a pit crew. Multiple gas pump lines were run into the tank to get it filled as quickly as possible. The one I spoke to a few years later told me they had to gingerly exit the gas station, be really careful going around square city corners, and once on the freeway it was sluggish until they got some of the extra weight used up.

            • Tony Holcomb
              Tony Holcomb  2 weeks back

              I guess someone never saw Gumball Rally.

              • Redvines69
                Redvines69  2 weeks back

                I wonder when someone is gonna devise a method of having some sort of fuel vehicle meet along the way and transfer fuel as they drive.

                • Alex Webb
                  Alex Webb  2 weeks back

                  "Gruene" is said like "green"

                  • Greg Furlong
                    Greg Furlong  3 weeks back

                    HORRIBLE AUDIO 👎👎👎

                    • Amano Yuuji
                      Amano Yuuji  1 months back

                      Don't you ever empty on physical money you'll need that

                      • Miss Direction
                        Miss Direction  1 months back

                        We had drilled a hole near the floor board and ran a hose to pee out of, well to drain pee out of.

                        • johnny Bogan
                          johnny Bogan  1 months back

                          ed had a buttplug in his anus the whole drive.

                          • Midhad menkovic
                            Midhad menkovic  1 months back

                            Why bothering with a Diesel like bmw 530d with a tune on. No lets take a s class and rebuild fuel System To overcomplicate 😑

                            • Will Polite
                              Will Polite  1 months back

                              Soo, is it a prerequisite for cannonball to be as big of douché bag as humanly possible? Cause this guy nails it on the head!!

                              • Ga N
                                Ga N  1 months back

                                portable extra tanks. fill them up by friends waiting for you at point X. exchange them with the empty ones.as the full ones are heavy, use some lift or whatnut. saves 1 hour? with a pickup you could even do this on the go :p

                                • WolfWould
                                  WolfWould  1 months back

                                  I thought pee bottles were essential.

                                  • Michelle Green
                                    Michelle Green  1 months back

                                    He's no longer the record holder. 2019 new holder

                                    • B S
                                      B S  1 months back

                                      Has anyone tried to do the cannonball in pickup? You can fit a bunch of aux tanks in the bed of the truck and go without stopping for fuel. Diesel would be best way in my opinion. If you used a crew cab you would have more room for people and electronics as well.

                                      • Christian Patzer
                                        Christian Patzer  1 months back

                                        You should totally do audio books dude. With that voice and your story telling prowess you'd be perfect!

                                        • no candy
                                          no candy  1 months back

                                          My first vacation ever: I went to Hawaii, I was 25 and I didn't know that I should have notified my cc company. They were very rude to me, and didn't reactivate my card for 48 hours. My gf at the time was not happy with me. I felt retarded and in hindsight it's just something you don't know unless you are made of money and can afford to take "vacations." My debit covered me, but that dipped into my rent money, so I had to get creative to replace it.

                                          • Two Tires Onley
                                            Two Tires Onley  1 months back

                                            Where can I find the route they took that broke the record on The Cannonball Run

                                            • EliteGeeks
                                              EliteGeeks  1 months back

                                              Dec 1 2017... I did about 102 mph average, 2670 miles West Palm Beach to Las Vegas, Solo - 3 states at 140+ mph in a 6 week old 2017 Mustang GT. used a Valentine 1 and Waze and a CB radio. and was alone, in 26 hours. I did 160 miles per tank. I pissed in a cup. and use compression stocking and used 4 different credit cards and alerted my CC companies of my trip and had $600 in my pocket for gas. And had 1 meal to limit stop needs. if I am lucky I will do NY to LA... but not had the luck yet.

                                              • GeorgeGraves
                                                GeorgeGraves  1 months back

                                                Yawn...the story telling needs some work.

                                                • Westin Pigott
                                                  Westin Pigott  1 months back

                                                  My brother and i accidentally out ran the amex geofence back in 2006 while driving from Chicago to Denver. We set the cruise control on 110mph. Then had to wait a few minutes before the card would be approved when fueling. It was pretty amusing

                                                  • Paul Basta
                                                    Paul Basta  1 months back

                                                    I hope this comment reaches someone that has a good idea why but why would you not just take a diesel truck put a big fuel tank in the back and then boom zero fuel stops

                                                    • Grant D Travels
                                                      Grant D Travels  1 months back

                                                      I recommend using cash or maybe prepaid amex bluebird cc from Walmart. It's the only card I can get to work Nationwide without fraud claims

                                                      • Grant D Travels
                                                        Grant D Travels  1 months back

                                                        Why not do a cannonball using a 50mpg hybrid?

                                                        • Hvguy
                                                          Hvguy  1 months back

                                                          For future trips, look into using a diesel engine. The truck fill pumps (pilot, ta, etc) pump like 50gpm. 1" nozzles, i can fill my 100 gallon dump truck in minutes.

                                                          Just food for thought.

                                                          • Mosotti
                                                            Mosotti  1 months back

                                                            Cash has no algorithm.

                                                            • Kyvelis vn
                                                              Kyvelis vn  1 months back

                                                              I had a similar problem back in 2007, I decided to try and get to Athens, Greece on my buell in less than 72 hours (3 days) had a hot date waiting (happily married spouse of 12 years now) got fraud blocks after Dusseldorf, had to make calls but gave up and had enough cash to cover my costs. My waypoints were taped on my Speedo, was riding by Casio, rev counter, reserve light and magnetic map case duct taped to my aluminium frame. Man, respect for your cannon ball. (Edit: starting point, Essex, UK)

                                                              • Max Power
                                                                Max Power  1 months back

                                                                The way he talks makes me die inside.

                                                                King of the swaggering douchebags.

                                                                • Glenn Brymer
                                                                  Glenn Brymer  1 months back

                                                                  I once delivered a fast car from Houston to L.A.
                                                                  When I got there the manager told me that I had to wait till later that afternoon to turn it in because I got there too fast. My average speed was up in the 90s.
                                                                  The only problem I had was blowing past semi trucks at 100mph.
                                                                  I found that if I aimed for their left wheel, the slip stream would blow me back and I didnt have to slow down. It pissed off the drivers becaused it looked like I was going to hit them.

                                                                  • Adrenalin Owner
                                                                    Adrenalin Owner  1 months back

                                                                    Has anyone run a Diesel set up?

                                                                    • monty royal
                                                                      monty royal  1 months back

                                                                      No shits. Only piss'in boys!

                                                                      • monty royal
                                                                        monty royal  1 months back

                                                                        Srry a'boot ur paint job bud!

                                                                        • civan28
                                                                          civan28  1 months back

                                                                          great story but can someone else narrate it PLEASE!

                                                                          • DDDSSDDDSSDDDSS
                                                                            DDDSSDDDSSDDDSS  1 months back

                                                                            Have someone wait for u and quick change the tanks.... ir a rolling change.

                                                                            • GM 180
                                                                              GM 180  1 months back

                                                                              Why not use a diesel car?

                                                                              • NHseacoast
                                                                                NHseacoast  1 months back

                                                                                Take several credit cards with you I get credit card alerts when I fly somewhere.

                                                                                • rocknroller1999
                                                                                  rocknroller1999  2 months back

                                                                                  I'd love to go camping with Ed and listen to his stories around the campfire all night. Who needs a GEE-TAR when you have Ed Bolian

                                                                                  • Kars Noordhuis
                                                                                    Kars Noordhuis  2 months back

                                                                                    This is why id go for a fast diesel so you can use the lorry pumps. Here in europe at least a great number of pumps have a lorry button so more fuel comes out per minute and your massive tank in your lorry is filled up faster.

                                                                                    • stopglobalswarming
                                                                                      stopglobalswarming  2 months back

                                                                                      Put a corvette engine in a truck and use a big fuel cell or dual tanks

                                                                                      • Ty Briggs
                                                                                        Ty Briggs  2 months back


                                                                                        • Nick Taylor
                                                                                          Nick Taylor  2 months back

                                                                                          If you did it in the diesel you could have done it in 1 stop with 24 mpg combined. Also truck stops have fast flow fuel pumps.
                                                                                          Also running a heavier weight oil for high speed runs can reduce consumption.


                                                                                          • Elliottlouie Afonso
                                                                                            Elliottlouie Afonso  2 months back

                                                                                            Hey Ed this what you could use to reduce fuel pumping time on Cannon ball runs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4YkOXae5l8

                                                                                            • Michael Hall
                                                                                              Michael Hall  2 months back

                                                                                              Lengthiest fuel stop for 60ish gallons of gas 12 minutes? Take THAT you EV fanboys! The EV record would probable be a week!!

                                                                                              • Joe Uehlein
                                                                                                Joe Uehlein  2 months back

                                                                                                It's all fun and games until you kill someone.

                                                                                                • Raymond Woods
                                                                                                  Raymond Woods  2 months back

                                                                                                  American Express: hey there's no way you're spending money that quick FRAUD 😂