Back in 1971, race car driver Brock Yates and Car and Driver editor Steve Smith attempted to travel from New York to Los Angeles in the quickest time possible in a 1971 Dodge Custom Sportsman van. They made the trip in just over 40 hours. The trip spawned a new, unsanctioned road rally, the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. The event ran five times with the fastest run done in just under 36 hrs in a Ferrari Dino with an average speed of 83 mph. That may not sound very fast, but back when the speed limits were only 55 mph thats cooking! The race inspired Hollywood and The Gumball Rally and Cannonball Run series films hit the big screen. The Gumball Rally stayed true to the original concept while the Cannonball Run films took things a little less serious and a lot more humorous.
In the early 2000s road rallies like these regained popularity in the form the Gumball 3000 which hosts these rallies annually. Others include Bull Run and goldRush Rally. While the events today are more for rich party goers than trying to get there the fastest, speed is still a large part of the game. The events start in one city then they stop at several checkpoints over a weeks time. Some try to get to each check point as quickly as possible while others take it a little more leisurely and enjoy the beauty along the way. It was on a rally like this where a Koenigsegg CCX allegedly got the highest ever speeding ticket by doing a reports 252 mph in a 75 mph zone somewhere in the middle of Texas. I keep wondering why he stopped?
We caught up with the goldRush Rally this year which started in Las Vegas with a finishing destination in New York City; checkpoints included Park City, UT, Denver, CO, Chicago, Cleveland, OH, and Washington, D.C. Entry fees cover the trip’s expenses as well as go to charities. There were approximately 70 cars along for the journey. There were a variety of cars ranging from a Fiat 500 Abarth to a 10 day old McLaren P1. The driver of the P1 reportedly clocked 210 mph somewhere along I15. Seven cars proudly displayed speeding tickets. Other notable cars included a Liberty Walk Ferrari 458 driven by the founder of Liberty Walk, Wataru Kato, the Bugatti Veyron Supersports Pur Sang, the Batventador, and an original Lamborghini Miura. Most of the cars had a vinyl wrap to protect their paint and display the sponsors of the rally as well as their favorite charities. So scroll through the gallery below to just a taste of what cars goldRush Rally 6 brought through town.
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