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Carl Reese (born April 17, 1969, in Grove City, Pennsylvania) is a Guinness World Records record-holding professional endurance driver.  Carl Reese of Santa Clarita, California broke the solo cannonball motorcycle record from Los Angeles to New York City in 38 hours, 49 minutes. Reese completed the 2,829-mile feat on a 2015 BMW K 1600 GT six-cylinder motorcycle, breaking George Egloff’s previous record of 42 hours set in 1983.

No one in history, with the exception of Erwin “Cannonball” Baker himself, has set as many cross-country records in such a short period than Reese and his team. Reese set six records in under seven months from April through October 2015, including the official Guinness World Record for the shortest charging time from Los Angeles to New York City in an electric vehicle. In October 2015, Reese and two other drivers set the first semi-autonomous driving record from Los Angeles to New York City in 57 hours, 48 minutes in a Tesla Model S P85D.


Guinness World Record: Shortest charging time to cross the USA in an electric vehicle

From April 16–19, 2015, Rodney Hawk, Deena Mastracci, and Reese drove from Los Angeles to New York City.[1]They used a Tesla Model S P85D electric vehicle.[1] The total charging time was 12 hours 48 minutes and 14 seconds.[1]

Fastest time to cross the USA in an electric vehicle record

The April 16–19, 2015 trip also set the record for the fastest time from Los Angeles to New York City in an electric vehicle.[2][3] The total trip time was 58 hours and 55 minutes; Guinness does not track speed records on open roads; so this “record” is unofficial.[2] However, it beats previous records set by Tesla staff and a team from[2] The trip was supported by Anthony Alvarado, Johnnie Oberg, and Matt Nordenstrom.[2]

Transcontinental autonomous record

From October 18–21, 2015, Deena Mastracci, Reese, and Alex Roy (Journalist) set the first record for the shortest LA-NYC trip with a semi-autonomous car.[4][5][6][7][8] The trio drove from Redondo Beach, CA in route to Red Ball Garage in Manhattan in 57 hours and 48 minutes.[4] The drivers used the autopilot function of the Tesla Model S P85D for 96.1% of the 2995-mile journey.[4][5][9]

Fastest time to cross the USA in an electric vehicle record

On the October 18–21, 2015 trip, Deena Mastracci, Reese and Roy also beat Deena Mastracci, Rod Hawk and Reese’s prior record of 58:55 for an LA-NYC run with an electric vehicle.[2][4][10][11]

Double transcontinental electric vehicle record

On October 22, 2015, after fewer than 28 hours in New York City after the record-breaking autonomous run, Deena Mastracci and Reese drove the Tesla P85D back to the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach, California.[4][12] A notary stood by to officially log the couple in; a staff member of the Portofino was witness.

The couple set the double transcontinental record for an electric vehicle (round trip LA-NYC-LA) with a time of 6 days, 6 hours, and 22 minutes; this beat the previous record set by Dan Edmunds and Kurt Niebuhrs, which was 6 days, 23 hours, and 4 minutes.[12][13]

Solo motorcycle record from Los Angeles to New York City

On August 28–29, 2015, Reese set the record for fastest solo motorcycle from Los Angeles to New York City with a time of 38 hours and 49 minutes. He departed from West Valley Cycle Sales in Winnetka, CA at 3:15 A.M.EST and arrived in Manhattan BMW Motorrad in New York City at 9:04 P.M. PST.[14][15][16][17][18] Reese insisted on notaries at both the start and finish lines, a first for transcontinental runs, who verified both his identification, engine number, odometer reading, and the VIN of the vehicle.[14] The vehicles he used were also tracked and verified by a third-party GPS tracking corporation.[14] Reese also submitted to voluntary urine analysis to prove to skeptics that his system was free of stimulants or drugs to help him achieve his endurance records.[18] The Transcontinental Drivers Association has also verified Reese’s documents.[14]

Lap of Mo’orea scooter record

On March 26, 2016, Reese set the fastest lap around the island of Mo’orea in the French Polynesian Islands. He set a lap time of 48 minutes and 18 seconds driving an 8-horsepower Peugeot 125cc Tweet Scooter. The lap around Mo’orea is also known as the Coconut Cannonball 125 where participants attempt to circle the island aboard rented scooters in the shortest amount of time.[19][20]


  1. a b c “Shortest charging time to cross the United States in an electric vehicle”. Guinness World Records. April 19, 2015.
  2. a b c d e George, Patrick (April 24, 2015). “They Drove A Tesla From LA To New York In A Record 58 Hours 55 Minutes”Jalopnik.
  3. Klein, Jonathon (November 3, 2015). “Bob Lutz Is Wrong, Tesla Isn’t Doomed”Bold Ride. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  4. Jump up to: a b c d e Testing the Tesla Autopilot on a 2,995-mile road trip. November 3, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2016 – via YouTube.
  5. a b Davies, Alex (October 22, 2015). “Obviously Drivers Are Already Abusing Tesla’s Autopilot”WIRED. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  6. Krok, Andrew (October 21, 2015). “Trio claims coast-to-coast Tesla Autopilot record in 57 hours, 48 minutes”Roadshow. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  7.  Hankey, Josie (October 21, 2015). “Trio Breaks Los Angeles to New York Transcontinental Autonomous Driving Record with Tesla’s New Autopilot System”PRWeb(Press release). Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  8.  DiStasio, Cat (October 23, 2015). “Tesla Model S drivers use self-driving features on record-breaking road trip”Inhabitat. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  9.  Edelstein, Stephen (October 22, 2015). “Autopilot drives Tesla Model S Electric Car Coast-To-Coast (More Or Less)”Green Car Reports. Retrieved February 10,2016.
  10. George, Patrick (October 21, 2015). “Alex Roy And Two Members Of The Tesla Record Team Just Broke That Coast-To-Coast Record With Autopilot”Jalopnik.
  11.  Richard, Michael (October 23, 2015). “Coast-to-coast in 57 hours with Tesla’s Autopilot taking the wheel”TreeHugger.
  12. a b Roy, Alex (October 30, 2015). “The Future Is Back: Why The New Cross-Country Tesla Record Matters”Jalopnik. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  13.  “ Tesla Drivers Set Record for Cross-Country Travel in Electric Vehicle”Edmunds. July 21, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  14. a b c d Hankey, Josie (February 4, 2016). “Man Breaks Solo Cannonball Motorcycle Record from Los Angeles to New York City in 38 hours, 49 minutes”PRWeb(Press release). Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  15. Fails, Andrew (February 10, 2016). “Cannonballing on Two Wheels: Everyone Else is a Sissy”Right Foot Down. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  16. Crucchiola, Jordan (February 1, 2016). “How to Race a Motorcycle Across the US in a Record 39 Hours Straight”WIRED. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  17.  “Man Breaks Solo Cannonball Motorcycle Record from LA to NYC in 38 hours, 49 minutes”TransContinental Drivers Association (Press release). January 27, 2016. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  18. a b Baruth, Jack (January 28, 2016). “Los Angeles to NYC in 38 Hours, On A Six-Cylinder Beemer”The Truth About Cars. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  19. Reese, Carl (March 31, 2013). “Man Sets The Coconut Cannonball 125 Record”PRWeb (Press release). Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  20.  “Carl Reese sets “Lap of Moorea” cannonball record for charity”Transcondrivers. March 31, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.


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