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Peterson Automotive Museum Interviews Guinness World Record Holders Deena Mastracci and Carl Reese

By Carl Reese

When Carl Reese set out to claim his place in automotive history, he did not choose the normal breed of German super sedan or coupe that Alex Roy and Ed Bolian had opted for. He bought a Tesla. In addition to saving over $900/mo on gas, he has set several transcontinental records in the car this year. He sits down with Car Stories at Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles to discuss that idea and how he has made ambitious cross country driving a way of life.

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Carl Reese Breaks Solo Cannonball Motorcycle Record from LA to NYC in 38 hours, 49 minutes

By Carl Reese

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 27, 2016)—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.

“There is a reason this record has gone unchallenged for over 30 years. Unless you have completed Army boot camp, it is difficult to relate the mental and physical exhaustion,” said Reese. To prepare his body, he gave up all stimulants before the run, including coffee, tea and sugar. “The immense level of fatigue driving a motorcycle solo for 38 hours is like finishing a UFC fight, then getting hit by a freight train. This was far more difficult than any other transcontinental record I’ve set to date.”

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 11.47.15 PMReese is now working with Hollywood-based filmmakers to produce a documentary highlighting the history of transcontinental driving records. The production team is seeking funds to complete the documentary. The documentary trailer can be viewed on YouTube and donations made on Indiegogo. Transcontinental driving records date back more than 100 years, when “Cannonball” Baker drove an Indian motorcycle from Los Angeles to New York City in 11 days. Historians attribute interest around such trips to advancements in transportation and manufacturing in the U.S.  See more details at www.carlreese.net .

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