You meet some pretty interesting people in this business and few are more interesting than international man of something or other, Alex Roy. The owner of an international car rental company is best known for his exploits at the wheel of a blue BMW M5, striped up as Polizei 144 in a variety of cross country rally events like Gumball 3000. Most noticeable is Roy’s record run from NYC to L.A. when he set the now infamous time of 31:07, which was chronicled in a book titled The Driver. It is fantastic, you really should buy your own copy.
A couple of years ago, there was a story floating around the interwebs about a guy named Ed Bolian who, along with a couple of his buds, claimed to have smashed the record, setting down a 28:50 run in a used CL55. I’m not that close to it, so I like many others, just shrugged it off as nothing more than a fabricated tale. If we are to believe it, Roy took the bait.
In the years since I have known the man with the smoothest of heads, more than anything, he has sworn that what he has done on public roads would never happen again. A story by mutual friend Jack Baruth, indicates that Roy has adopted a “never say never” attitude, found a new deity to worship, sworn off booze and embarked on a no expense spared assault on the unofficial and very illegal record. This effort, if we are to believe, is an incredible 26 hours and 28 minutes.
So what did Roy drive this time? Not Polizei 144, that’s for sure!
The story is that the assault took place in an Infiniti Q50 that had been modified beyond anything imaginable. Don’t believe me? How about a GT-R power plant and TWO steering wheels. Yes, two.
There are obviously lots more details to go with the 6,300 interview, which is a great read, as is what we have come to expect from Baruth’s work.
I however call BS on the whole thing!
First off, the story was published smack dab in the middle of the New York Auto Show, just before the clock turned over onto April 1.
There are a bunch of clues that this is all an elaborate joke, a few of which I give you in no particular order:
“My hero is the greatest actor of the 20th century: Matthew McConaughey” Riiight!
“I budgeted for an oil slick dispenser,” Sure thing 007!
“First has a place all its own. You are all cowards” Tough guy huh?
Don’t even get me started on the whole religion gobbledygook.
And one final one: “April Fools Day is the perfect cover story for a real run. In the event any law-enforcement should come looking for me, I can always say ‘April Fool’s’! Who knows? It’ll probably work.”
In other words, we won’t know if Roy (and Baruth for that matter) are full of it until the promised release of the entire trip video in the coming months. With these guys, you never really know!
In case you haven’t seen the movie about Roy’s 31:07 run, here is the first couple of minutes.