A side note in history during this anxious time – another asterisk for a record book.
Who has not heard of the classic American comedy film, “The Cannonball Run?” A true “cult classic” starring Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, and an all-star supporting cast went on to be one of 1981’s most successful films. The film is based on the 1979 running of an actual cross-country outlaw road race beginning in Connecticut and ending in California. Today the run is referred to as the “Cannonball Run” trip from New York City to Los Angeles – 2,825 miles.
Since 1979, there have been many “Cannonball Run” trips and yes there is an actual record time in the books. But this year’s record may need an asterisk.
Before this year, on the 10th of November 2019, the record time was set at 27 hours and 25 minutes by Arne Toman, Doug Tabbutt, and their spotter, Berkeley Chadwick – informally referred to as “fraternity of lunatics.”
However, Road & Track is reporting the record time has in fact been beaten; but, many are questioning how, or more importantly, why the current record breakers exploited the Coronavirus pandemic to set a 26-Hour 38-Minute new cross-country record.
Road & Track, raised the concerns by pointing out the following: “Cannonball purists are criticizing the run as grossly irresponsible while the nation deals with an emergency of unseen magnitude.”
The “race” itself could be labeled as an outlawed cross-country road race and many can see the Run, even in normal times, as reckless and unacceptable behavior. But has the latest participants crossed the line and gone too far?
You can find more about the story here.