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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 12-10-2012, 10:55 AM
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32 hours 7 minutes film released

looks like they finally released the dvd. after alex roy's book and claim came out that he broke the record, i think everyone thought it was a hoax since they took so long to get the DVD out (~2 years?) well, its here...

http://gravidfilms.createsend5.com/t...ACEB58A033025D

for those who don't know what this is, essentially a couple guys in the 70s set the NY to LA record in 32 hours 7 minutes, and alex roy came along a few years ago and claimed to beat it in something like ~30 or 31 hours in an e39 M5. he wrote a book about it called The Driver, which is actually a pretty good read for an amateur author.

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Old 12-10-2012, 11:32 AM
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The problem with a cross country record is entirely about how you avoid the police and has nothing to do with driving skill or outright speed as even a low end economy car goes fast enough.. Using a spotting plane is cheating in my mind.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:45 AM
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The first effort ("The Cannonball Run", as it became to be known), was done by Car & Driver editor Brock Yates and pro racer Dan Gurney, driving a Ferrari Daytona. Brock recalled Gurney cruising along at 175 mph, one-handed, with his left elbow resting on the door....
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:59 AM
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The problem with a cross country record is entirely about how you avoid the police and has nothing to do with driving skill or outright speed as even a low end economy car goes fast enough.. Using a spotting plane is cheating in my mind.
eh, i don't know about that. cruising on civilian traffic interstates between 90-150 mph for 30 hours straight (they had to average 80+mpg with stops) takes a lot of skill IMO, though a totally different "skill" than typical track or racing skills. i do agree that the primary goal is evading police though and they only had the spotter plan for something like 20% of the drive (though i agree it is verging on the line of doing it straight up)
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:02 PM
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The problem with a cross country record is entirely about how you avoid the police and has nothing to do with driving skill or outright speed as even a low end economy car goes fast enough.. Using a spotting plane is cheating in my mind.
PM me your mailing address so I can send you the book I wrote about it.

It was hard. Very hard.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:58 PM
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PM me your mailing address so I can send you the book I wrote about it.

I was hard. Very hard.
whoa man, look who it is! thanks for gracing us with your presence!

i'm excited to see the DVD, but curious if the focus of the film is on the original record, or if the footage of your run is going to be in it too? great book btw, read it in like 4-5 days.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:04 PM
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whoa man, look who it is! thanks for gracing us with your presence!

i'm excited to see the DVD, but curious if the focus of the film is on the original record, or if the footage of your run is going to be in it too? great book btw, read it in like 4-5 days.
I've been an E39 M5 guy for 10+ years. OF COURSE I scan the forums!

As for the movie being released, I haven't seen whatever's being released, so I couldn't tell you anything about it.

Glad you liked the book.
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The first effort ("The Cannonball Run", as it became to be known), was done by Car & Driver editor Brock Yates and pro racer Dan Gurney, driving a Ferrari Daytona. Brock recalled Gurney cruising along at 175 mph, one-handed, with his left elbow resting on the door....
Scary to think you and I probably remember that when it happened Bob.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:28 PM
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Just ordered the book on amazon , really looking forward to reading it. The article in Wired a few years back was really fascinating . Since reading it I have been very obsessed with how fast I can make my destination on road trips. Unfortunately I lose my job if I get caught at 20 or more over. That's why the wife drives the 750I . I have lots of plans for my retirement years though

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Scary to think you and I probably remember that when it happened Bob.
Hell....after surviving the `70s, I`m surprised we remember much of *anything*....
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I've driven a 1990 735iL cross country and it was pretty fantastic. We were only 21 at the time, and made some impressive time, at least I think; Like Boston to Salt Lake City in 28 hours. That car was so damn nice to drive we didn't want to stop! We camped out on the Oregon coast on the 3rd night. I'd love to read Alex's book, and I'm definitely ordering that movie for a friend for Christmas, with the selfish hope that we'll watch it right away.
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I first read about this in WIRED magazine. Pretty awesome challenge.
Here's a link to a the article. I can't wait to read the book!
http://www.wired.com/cars/coolwheels...urrentPage=all
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Thanks for this link, I remember reading the article in Wired years back and have been looking for what the article was called.
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