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Men's Journal September 2010

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

So, what ARE our secrets to a Guinness World Record 48 State Drive?

We have had many requests asking us to name some of our secrets behind making the world record 48 state drive. Oh, how we would love to share them all with you, but due to the fact there are some out there dying to break our record, we just can’t make some of these secrets public. Some of the things we do, those that would seem obvious to some, we are finding out that other teams have not discovered. Great. We hope they continue to either do it the wrong way or fail to do some of the things the right way.
Of course the route is the number one secret. Keep in mind that we hold the “shortest” route on record for a 48 state drive, 6500 miles. That said, that route is NOT the “fastest” route. We’ll give you a hint why, “The “shortest” distance between two points is not always the “fastest”. We are blessed to have the greatest “Mapster” in the world, Ted Jacobs. Ted won many awards for mapping while in the Army. Believe it or not, Ted called us the day after we set the new record at 97 hours and told us that he has a “faster” route. Tired as we were, Andrew and I said, “Let’s do it”. Next year?
The next most important thing in our record breaking attempts is asking ourselves this, “What saves us another second of driving time?” Sound obvious? You’d be surprised how much time can be wasted out there. We can’t give any secrets away but allow your imagination to run wild. Ask yourself, “What would tempt me to waste time on a four day continuous car trip?” Figure those things out and then find a way to avoid them. Sorry, but that’s all we can say.
We pride ourselves for having a great plan and then executing that plan. Keeping that in mind, a 48 state drive can have a thousand things go wrong. Anything from car failure, flat tires, accidents (either ours are someone down the road clogging up the highway), weather to traffic can throw you a curve ball. The idea is to minimize those hindrances and have options to everything that can go wrong. In other words it’s not an event of just getting into the car and driving. You have to plan and plan well, then execute.
I hate to tease you but we counted 21 secrets we have to a successful world record breaking 48 state drive. We wish we could share them with you but we can’t. Some you can only imagine and some you might say, “Now that’s brilliant!” Put your thinking cap on and try to figure out what you would do to make the trip faster, OTHER THAN SPEEDING OF COURSE. SPEEDING IS OUT OF THE QUESTION! We think you’ll find it fun to imagine what these secrets could be.

1 comment:

  1. Jay, Ted & Andrew:

    My husband and I have been planning to do the 48 state trip since we saw an article in an old Car and Driver (about I believe you guys?) over 10 years ago. We've gotten close a few times, but one thing or another results in cancelation. I do think we will actually try it this May 2011. We aren't planning on trying for a record, but do want to do it "according to the rules". Can't seem to get to your website (48in96.com). Can't seem to find Guinesses official rules on this either. Can you help point us in the right direction.

    Deb and Dan Donovan

    please reply to ourgreat48@gmail.com

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