Since I was a boy, introduced to the Cannonball Run by Burt Reynolds, I've wanted to do this. Time and politics have moved on, and it's no longer "fun" to attempt this, as the implications of getting caught have become so serious. Still, where records exist there will be people wanting to break them.
I've never even been to America but the allure of this coast-to-coast run is impossible to ignore. In the UK I could only manage a LEJOG at ~700 miles which I could manage in a day, and Europe comes with fairly serious implications like a night in jail (Spain) or total loss and crushing of your car. Plus too many languages making it hard to sweet-talk your way out of the above.
For years I've been plotting the best way to try the US coast-to-coast, taking notes from Brock Yates' book and his Ambulance, to the Gumball Rally (an attempt to portray the fun of the "good old days" without sped-up film footage - take note Mr Reynolds). All I've come away with is this... the time has past when this is even possible now.
Alex Roy proves me wrong in this book. His OCD towards his preparation, lists of things to do, and kit/gadgets exceeds my own, as does (sadly) his budget. But this is a great read - very inspirational for someone like me who has to try this one day.
My problem now is that I think his Polizei car idea cannot be beaten. Maybe I should just bring something typically British across the pond and see if I can "smarm" my way out of trouble by wearing a tuxedo and affecting a Roger Moore accent? Americans love the British accent, don't they? ;)