Tibor Sarossy’s Cannonball Run

In late August of 1968, 22-year-old Tibor Sarossy set a record by riding a motorcycle from New York to Los Angeles in 45 hours, 41 minutes. He had rigged up extra fuel tanks on the back of his bike so that he only had to stop for gas four times. Also, he wore a condom connected to a hosepipe to avoid stopping for bathroom breaks.

Attempting to set a speed record for driving across the United States is known as doing a Cannonball Run. The term traces back to 1914 when Erwin Baker was nicknamed "Cannonball" by the media after he drove his motorcycle coast-to-coast in 11 days and 11 hours. That may seem slow today, but it was before modern highways and widely available gas stations. So, for the time and driving conditions, it was incredibly fast.

The current motorcycle record for a Cannonball Run is 32 hours, 27 minutes set by Felix Hofmann in October 2023.

More info: LPMCC.net

Los Angeles Times - Sep 8, 1968

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 03, 2024
     Category: World Records | 1960s | Motorcycles

Having had motorcycles in my life and having the experience of laying the bike down and sliding down the road those gas cans strapped to the back of his bike scare the hell out of me.
Posted by F.U.D. in Stockholm on 01/03/24 at 10:33 AM
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