The Truth About the 48 State Driving Record
OFFICIAL TIME is 97 hours & 7 minutes
Men's Journal September 2010
Dallas Morning News
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Gas Stop #9 and dinner
Gas stop #9 went well. 2 minutes and 54 seconds for fuel and dinner. A big thank you to Agent Wendy who helped us with dinner. Not my normal meal, but very good. We are headed to state #21. We have completed 52.76% of the trip. Talk to you soon!
Three Men Break Their Own Guinness World Record
for Driving Through the 48 States in 97 Hours and 7 Minutes! On June 19, 2010, we drove across the Vermont state line, our 48th state, with a time of 97 hours and 7 minutes. The previous Guinness World Record for driving through the 48 states in the fastest time was 104 hours and 57 minutes, which we set in 1999. Jay Lowe (Colleyville TX) and Ted Jacobs (Mt. Pleasant TN) were the drivers. Andrew Shull (McKinney TX) was the navigator.
Who are we? Two-time Guinness Record holders. What are our existing records? (1) Driving through the 48 states in the fastest time of 97 hours and 7 minutes, and (2) Driving through the 48 states using the least amount of fuel, which received a full page spread in Guinness’ 1998 book.
Where was the starting line? The state line of Montana and Idaho.
What was our route? Now that’s top secret!What did we drive? A van. Are there rules? Yes. Guinness has established 10 rules for this event. Do we abide by these rules? YES, ALL 10 RULES TO THE LETTER.Have others tried to break our record? In the past three years there has been at least five attempts in which all fell short. In addition, these five teams have admitted in breaking a least three of the rules including having three drivers instead of two, not keeping logs, receiving speeding tickets and not have the necessary witnesses at the beginning and end of the trip.
Are we going to attempt the trip again? YES! Within a week of our setting the record at 97 hours, we came up with a new route and a new secret weapon that we believe will allow us to make the trip in 93 to 94 hours – while NOT speeding. We will most likely make the next trip during the summer of 2011.
PLEASE SEE THIS WEB SITE FOR THE HISTORY OF THE 48 STATE DRIVE PLUS PHOTOS AND POSTS OF OUR LATEST WORLD RECORD BREAKING TRIP AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING OUR CREDENTIALS AND THE RULES.
CONTACTS Jay Lowe 972-255-5111 or 972-978-4460 Ted Jacobs 931-626-3415 Andrew Shull 972-562-2223 or 469-235-7864