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List of Carl Reese’s World Records


1. 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] 


2. 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 was recorded and verified by a third party “GPS Insight” a fleet tracking company. Reese’s team beats the previous records set by Tesla staff and a team from[2] The trip was supported by Anthony Alvarado, Johnnie Oberg, and Matt Nordenstrom.[2]

Guinness Book of World Records Carl Reese, Deena Mastracci and Rod Hawk

3. Transcontinental autonomous record

From October 18–21, 2015, Deena Mastracci and Reese invited journalist Alex Roy to set the record for the shortest LA-NYC trip with a semi-autonomous car. Elon musk congratulated Reese’s team on Twitter.  [4][5][6][7][8] The first coast-to-coast autonomous record was set by employees of Delphi. Delphi engineers covered 3,400 miles, San Francisco to New York City, over a span of nine days.[24] 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]    


4. 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 Mastracci and Reese’s prior record of 58:55 for an LA-NYC run with an electric vehicle. [2][4][10][11]  

5. 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] Chris Bischof a California notary stood by to officially log the couple in; a staff member of the Portofino was signed as a witness the accomplishment .

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]

Carl Reese, Chis Bischof (notary) and Deena Mastracci.
Carl Reese, Chis Bischof (notary) and Deena Mastracci.

6. 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.PST and arrived in Manhattan BMW Motorrad in New York City at 9:04 P.M. EST.[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 GPS Insight 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]

7. 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. Reese captured the event on timelapse and posted it to his YouTube account.  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]  

8. Closest Place to the Sun on Earth to the Sea on Motorcycle in a Single Day

On September 3, 2016, Reese and Sebastain Montero were granted special access on Chimborazo in Ecuador; to set the record. The pair set the new world record for riding on motorcycles from the closest point on Earth to the sun to an elevation at sea-level in a single day. Reese and Montero reached a gain/loss in elevation of 56,678 feet during their endeavor. Chimborazo, the highest mountain which is located in the South American country. However, even at 20,548 feet, Chimborazo isn’t the highest mountain by elevation above sea-level in the world, but its location along the equatorial bulge makes its summit the closest point on Earth’s surface to the sun. Although Chimborazo is typically off-limits to motorcycles due to the remoteness of the mountain in the case of an emergency, Minister Serrano granted Reese and his team special access to the natural wonder. The record like others Reese has set is to bring awareness to The Motorcycle Relief Project. MRP is a 501.3 (C) charity that benefits combat veterans suffering from PTSD.  The Ride of My Life producer Brad Barker is well known for work on Discovery® and the History Channel® filmed Reese journey .[21]

Carl Reese Chimborazo

9. Most Individuals stuffed into a Tesla P100D

On December 25, 2016,  Reese and Deena Mastracci and friends set the record of the most people stuff inside a Tesla P100D.  Total of 19 people managed to fit into the Tesla Model S.  The event was broadcast live on Facebook and a second steady cam was used to captured and uploaded to YouTube. [22][23]


Motorcycle Relief Project

Reese and his Fiancee Deena Mastracci set multiple world records to bring attention to Motorcycle Relief Project a US-based 501(c)(3) charity that helps combat veterans that have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. [21]

Coalition of Hope

On September 3, 2016 Reese set a motorcycle record in Ecuador to bring awareness to the joint project between the Coalition of Hope is a US-based 501(c)(3), and The Ride of My Life. Bringing attention to the earthquake that happened on April 2016. The 7.8 earthquake that killed 650 people people and destroyed 26000 homes. [21]


  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.  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.
  21. Jump up to: a b c Reese, Carl (September 21, 2016). “New Motorcycle Record For All The Right Reasons” (Website). Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  22. Most people stuffed into a Tesla P100D Retrieved December 29 2016
  23. Most people stuffed into a Tesla P100D  Retrieved December 29 2016
  24.  “Delphi self-driving car goes coast-to-coast, autonomously – ExtremeTech”.
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Woman Attempts Motorcycle Endurance Record on Maiden Trip

This is the story of a woman that wants to get her motorcycle license and wants to set a world record too. Deena Mastracci is attempting to set the “Longest distance by a new motorcycle licensee.”   She will take her motorcycle license test on June 1, 2016 at the DMV in the Los Angeles area.  Then immediately leave the DMV parking lot for an epic journey coast to coast…the hard-way!    A west coast to east coast journey with a  short pit stop at the Arctic Circle (furthest most regions of Alaska) in-between .   The goal is to log over 9000 miles on her first continuous motorcycle journey.  #AlaskaExpedition2016  Hopefully breaking the glass ceiling for all new motorcycle riders male or female.

World Record Holder Deena Mastracci
Multiple Transcontinental & Guinness Book of World Record Holder Deena Mastracci Photo Credit Ryan Sorensen
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Carl Reese and Deena Mastracci Fox News® Interview. Courtesy of Fox Business News ®


Deena is no stranger to setting records, she has FIVE transcontinental records to her name. All of them in a Tesla P85D electric car.  When she told me that she wanted to start setting some motorcycle records, I thought I could magically download my motorcycle experience into her brain.  I would soon learn this wasn’t the best way of going about it.

Myself on the other hand, I’ve been riding all types of motorcycles since the early 80’s.   In three decades of riding I’ve learned nearly every lesson the HARD aka the WRONG way.

I have more than a few memorable lessons; ones I will not bore you with here. With some serious amount of luck I managed to stay alive. With plenty of time the saddle, I developed what I thought to be a good riding skills. However they were basically a series of self preservation lessons; either self taught observations or tips from friends. To be honest just a mixed bag of bad habits, that I thought was the right way of riding. I was about to have a serious personal growth experience.

It was apparent from the start, that if she is to complete this trip in one piece, we would need at least four things: A motorcycle, a motorcycle license, attend a skills class, and get some gear.

Step one:  Was the easiest… We went down to West Valley Cycle Sales BMW Motorrad dealer here in Los Angeles.  Where Deena found a used 2013 BMW F800GT.  It fit her well, and we knew its previous owner Ellen whom had taken great care of it.   Knowing the bikes history and West Valley Cycle’s reputation made the process a painless decision for us.

Deena BMW F800GT
Deena’s used BMW F800GT     Photo Credit Carl Reese

Step two:  In preparation for her license Deena enrolled in the Motorcycle Safety Class.  Though she passed the driving skill test she wasn’t scheduled to take the written DMV test for several weeks later. She left that safety class feeling unprepared for the open road.  To help ease her concerns ,  I spent the next few weekends and evenings doing parking lot drills and driving up and down a private road.  I did my best to pass down my 30 years of motorcycle experience.  She picked up things quickly, but like many new riders she was struggling in the corners.

 Step three: About this time we learned about Street Masters Workshops riding school.  As luck would have it the next class was before our trip.  This is a one day class on a road course at Willow Springs International Raceway.  This isn’t a track day for guys that like to drag knees and going in circles.  No, this is a simulated road course that is used for training motorcycles riders for the real world.


Saturday morning I drove Deena’s bike up to Willow Springs (as she doesn’t even have a permit yet).  I figured I would just sit through the class with her, and this would just be a refresher for me.  In the first 15 minutes of the class, I came to an epiphany…This is NO basic motorcycle safety class..they are not teaching you how to tie your shoes here.  This is a college level instruction being taught in a way you will not forget. I realized I was surrounded by seven very experienced instructors. This was going to be an eye opener, not a refresher.  You can set all the world records you want, but there is always room for learning new skills.  This day would be full of lessons for both of us.

The morning class room session was informative and brief. It consisted of a fast moving slide presentation before getting out on the road course.  Each instructor keep the training moving along with a well thought out curriculum.


Street Masters

As I watched Deena progress throughout the day. It was obvious that the instructors take great pride in helping each student, giving them one on one feedback after each exercise.  No big egos here….just straight talk.  Often times I think people let their egos get in the way of learning. Ever heard of the Darwin Awards?   If you don’t think you need this class…well you just might be the person i’m talking about.  Yeah, yeah heard all the stories…So you’ve been ridden for years and know how to ride….really?  I get it, you’re a seasoned rider…and know everything…. Okay.   Well I thought so too, until I participated in this class.

This particular class was made up of 53% women and 47 percent men.  A mix of new, intermediate and seasoned riders. Bikes of every shape and size were represented from Harley’s to Honda’s and everything in-between.

Deena Mastracci after one day class at StreetMasters.
Deena after one day class at Streetmasters. Seen with Clearwater Lights #BrightLightsSaveLives Photo credit Reg Kittrelle

The class was well organized and before we knew it 4pm rolled around quickly.  Class wrapped up and they presented a Sena Bluetooth Headset to one lucky person in the class.   It was clear that everyone including myself walked away more skilled to deal with the challenges on the road.   I challenge you to spend one day with Streetmaster, I’m confident you’ll come away with a new appreciation for riding.

Streetmasters opened my eyes up to some fundamental information that I wouldn’t have though to even mention to Deena.  She came into the class a complete novice with ZERO street experience.  After one day in the  Streetmasters class she rides better than some people that have been riding for years.  The “tools” she picked up may save her butt one day.  For that I’m grateful.

You can find more about these classes at 


Step Four: We need to purchase quality gear, on a working-man’s budget. Both for the bike and our bodies.   One thing I have learned over the years is their isn’t any substitute for quality. When I shop for apparel I normally touch the material and try to attempt to ascertain two things: One….will this hold up and two will it be comfortable? PrintMy first impressions were the quality of the material. A perfect mix of quaintly thickness without sacrificing comfort.  I was blown away at the details in the design that most causal purchasers may not notice. For instance the notched material on the side of the pant leg that doesn’t bind the material when the knee is bent.  Thank you First Gear for not pinching my leg when I sit on my bike!

Notched Knee Material on Kilimanjaro pants.
Notched knee trim material on Kilimanjaro pants.

Or an adjustable neck collar for those brisk mornings.  The truth is neck sizes vary.  Why did we have to wait so long for this feature?  Or better yet why haven’t other manufactures caught up to First Gear innovations?


Adjustable First Gear USA Kilimanjaro Motorcycle Jacket
       Adjustable collar on a First Gear USA motorcycle jacket


Another thing I noticed was the adjustable knee armored in the pants, something my prior pants didn’t have.   The list goes on and on.  If your shopping for quality motorcycle gear do your self a huge favor, Get your hands on some First Gear products.  In my research for this cross country trip First Gear USA is our choice for comfort, cost and quality.

Bright Lights Save Lives

We not only needed gear for Deena, but her bike too.  We trucked the bike up to Northern California last weekend to have ClearWater Lights install lights on Deena’s Bike. We chose the Sevina‘s and the Darla’s. The Darla’s have a yellow removable lens cover seen seen in the photograph above.   I believe #BrightLightsSaveLives. I believe all stock motorcycle headlights are inadequate for night time illumination.  I used these same Sevina’s from Clearwater lights (seen in this video) when setting the motorcycle cannonball record run from Los Angeles to New York.  I got to give credit to my good friend Ryan Sorensen whom recommend the ClearWater Lights to me.  I fell in love with them right away. The best part ClearWater Lights are made in the USA.

New Windshield

We installed a new taller windshield on Deena’s bike.  The stock one on the F800GT is much to low for touring distances of this length. We turned to ZTechnik the same company I purchased my from when I set the Los Angeles to New York City Motorcycle Record.  These are made by National Cycle the same people that manufacture windscreens for BMW Motorrad.  She will experience less fatigue with the added wind protection.

Eye Protection

Since our first leg of the journey takes us into the Arctic Circle with constant daylight when we reach DeadHorse.  To protect our eyes we will be wearing Dillon Optic Sunglasses. Dillon uses an NIR Lens Technology. If your wondering what is that?  It is a polarized diffuse reflector that reduces internal reflections within the lens allowing for noticeably sharper clarity.


Pack Light

We removed both stock batteries in the motorcycles and replaced them with EarthX batteries.  This drops nearly 16 pounds of weight verses the stock lead acid batteries.  Lead acid is over 100 year old technology that is outdated to day the least. We are traveling to the remote wilderness of Alaska and Yukon, I’m not going to risk it we are running with Earth X!  EarthX Batteries are designed to be a replacement of a standard 12 volt lead-acid battery, but their nominal voltage is 13.3V so it will spin your engine faster than you would ever believe possible at an 80% weight reduction! EarthX has exclusive features that include a microprocessor Battery Management System (BMS) that monitors the charge level of each cell and balances the charge when needed, protecting the cells from overcharge or over-discharge, short circuit protection and excessive cranking protection (heat). What this means for you is more starting power, longer battery life, and the safest lithium motorsport battery on the market.


Watch Deena’s Epic Journey

Deena’s trip will be available to track LIVE courtesy of GPSInsight a vehicle tracking company.  The Live map can be viewed starting 6/1/2016 at .   Show your support and share comments on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram.

#AlaskaExpedition2016 #CoastToCoastTheHardWay #GirlPower #BecauseTurningBackIsNotAnOption #BrightLightsSaveLives

GPSInsight follows World Record Holder
                  GPS Insight equipment will track Deena’s World Record attempt
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