EAST BOUND AND DOWN WITH THE TALLEST BRIT I'VE EVER SEEN
(Chris & Lamont)
I caught up with Chris and Freeman in Key West for an interview. I included outtakes at the end. There is a part of the video that didn't have sound that was hilarious at the time. I started off the interview normally and shot into a question to Chris that went like this..."Why did you think it was OK to drive like an asshole for 3,000 on US roads"? At least that was the question before I started cracking up for about 5 minutes. I finally composed myself and went on with the interview.
WHAT A NIGHT, WHAT A SETTING.
If the satisfaction of finishing a Bullrun doesn't completely overwhelm you, the awards dinner will. It's the very last time everyone on the rally is in one place at one time, but its the first opportunity of many for Bullrunners to trade war stories till the next one.
It was extra special because Bullrun set the dinner up on a beautiful Key West beach. The cool breeze and sound of ocean waves were an added bonus.
As you eat and drink the presence of the Bullrun hardware constantly holds a place in your eye. You wonder who the winners may be. People may think that these special Bullrun awards don't mean much. Try telling that to someone who just drove their hearts out for 3,000 miles and spent a decent amount of change shipping and gassing their car.
Andy Duncan and David Green step up to the stage and after a few comments to mark the occasion, get right into it.
AND THE WINNERS ARE...
THE SHELBY PERFORMANCE AWARD - FASTEST HOT LAP AT MOROSO
Nicolas Frankl - Team Twins
THE LOTUS AWARD - FASTEST HOT LAP AT CONCORD
Michael Schwab - Team Schwabie 13
THE CEC WHEELS - HOTTEST WHEELS AWARD
Peter Kolb - Darkcyd Racing - Mercedes CLK DTM
THE BULLRUN DRIVER AWARD
Jennifer Nicole - Team Lotus Girls
BULLRUN ORDERS OF MERIT
(1) Christine and Kevin Andrews - TEAM OH! CANADA
(2) Claus Ettensberger and Joaquin Mejia - TEAM CEC
(3) Jared Riecke & Byron Burkhardt - TEAM RIECKE
(4) Cabe Sipes
THE 2007 BULLRUN SPIRIT AWARD
Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins - TEAM CB/GM
In addition to the fine Waterford Crystal piece, Dennis and Richard received a very special prize from Jay Riecke of Team Riecke.
The $25,000 for breaking the New York to LA - Coast-to-Coast World Record by Car.
As witness during the entire bet, I counted the money and it was all there, aside from a 100 that I managed to slip into my pocket when Jay wasn't looking. JUST KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That's what's special about Peter. No matter how rare his car, he'll drive it they way it was designed to be driven. He'd be damned if he let his cars sit insome garage or museum. I'm happy for every Mercedes fan who saw Peter and Bulent roar past them last week. For the many troopers who pulled them over, you may never pull a better car over for the rest of your career. I hope you took in the moment.
Thanks to Robb and Team Darkcyd for another great year!
CHECK OUT TEAM DARKCYD's BULLRUN BLOG
BUGS, TRACKS AND THE BEACH
We started out at 10AM from the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando. The grounds were pristine and all the Bullrun cars looked fantastic around the circular driveway. Rally Organizers, David and Andy asked the drivers make one full lap around the driveway for the helecopter above.
Many of the drivers were fine with it, but the others were concerned about other cars leaving early. There were talks of drivers doing donuts NASCAR style in the middle of the lawn. I myself told Mr Angry that managment said it was OK and to go to town - they were going to put new grass in anyway. Mike was apparently too smart for that. His car looked great in front of the fountain.
Bullrun hopped on the interstate and headed to Jupiter, Florida as Bullrunners were treated to another track day for the hottest laps yet. However; just outside Orlando, we encountered a heavy barrage of BUGS. Every windshield was just splattered with bug guts. If anyone wanted to see out of their windshields around the track, that needed to be dealt with. Razor blades were at a premium at the track and they did the trick with a lot of water.
Bullrunners had a fantastic lunch under the shade provided by the Pirelli Tires truck. Pirelli was on hand to welcome the Bullrun.
Pirelli Marketing representitive, Rafael Navarro, greeted everyone and offered a fresh set of P-Zeros for the fastest car around Moroso that day.
Here's Rafael on the left pictured with Claus Ettensberger. Claus in not "the" Michelen Man, but he is a Michelen man. Even he cannot deny the fact that Pirelli makes an amazing tire.
Everyone got a cold lap, but it was only the main drivers who got to test the skill around the 10 turn 2.5 mile road course. David Green blasted through the turns in the Spyker for the camera above.
There were talks of Peter Kolb's Mercedes CLK DTM lighting the track on fire or Danny and Brians Lotus Exige doing the trick for the fastest lap. We even had Shawn Taylor, who is a professional race driver, in the field. Vivid Racings white Porsche Twin Turbo was front runner as well.
BUT...It was none other than Nicholas Frankl in the Team Twins Corvette Z06 that grabbed the fasted lap and won the set of Pirelli P-Zeros.
Here's an interview with Nicholas before his run:
Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins discuss their record breaking journey from New York City to Redondo Beach in 31 hours and 59 minutes. They flew back to the rally today and their car will be delivered in the early hours of Wednesday.
Before you view the videos, here is some information they gave me when we met this afternoon in Savannah, GA.
(1) Richard drove back from Montreal while Dennis rested.
(2) They pulled all Bullrun stickers off of their car in NY.
(3) They acquired an EZ-Pass from Tri-State area limo driver.
(4) Date and time confirmations were captured by Bullrun cameramen.
(5) Cameramen shot coverage of the car, liscence plate, odometer and VIN # at both the start and finish.
(6) They have receipts for all EZ-Pass and gas fill-ups.
(7) The had roughly 48 gallons in their tanks after stops.
(8) They used computer programs to calculate pace as well as GPS for positioning.
(9) The lost the drivers side windshield wiper very early in the run.
(10) It rained in Pennsylvania, but was clear the rest of the run.
(11) They took the southern route.
(12) Their wives and a camera crew met them when they arrived at the Portofino Inn. The camera crew, again, shot the car, the plates, the VIN number and odometer.
PART 1 of 4
BULLRUN 2007 - TEAM SCHWABIE 13
All is well on the starting grid in Montreal for Team 13's Novitec F430 until the battery died. And problems persisted all the way to Atlanitic City.
Michael and Jason had to jump start a dead battery in Montreal, minutes before the start of Bullrun 2007. Thankfully Rob Rille, leader of Team Darkcyd, had jumper cables to help get things going for them.
Then they experienced a flat in the front right in Boston and rallied on to Atlantic City. Thankfully Todd Ford of Team 430 was good enough to supply one of his spare tires so Team Schwabie can press on. Jay Riecke lent a heping hand as well as a torque wrench.
Despite the troubles, Michael was all smiles as these issue are very minor compared to the kind of maintence issues that could have occured.
The following is a press release submitted by Bullrun Productions.
Since Richard and Dennis were on the Bullrun their car was fitted with multiple cameras. The start and end points were chosen with extreme care. A camera crew was sent to New York City and they were met with a camera crew at the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach with them to document their trip.
A conference call regarding all footage and information took place today. All is in order.
All Bullruners on this year's rally are really happy for Richard and Dennis and cannot wait for their return to the East Coast.
Bullrun 2007 – Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins Break Coast-to-Coast Record
In the early hours of Monday 14th May 2007, Bullrunners Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins of Texas broke the almost 30 year old coast-to-coast road trip record of 32 hours and 51 minutes. They decided to attempt the record after taking a bet on the start line of the 2007 Bullrun Rally. They were bet $50,000 by a fellow entrant that this time would never be bettered in the modern era. Abandoning this years route of Montreal to Key West, they drove to New York City and prepared for a night start.
Brock Yates created the idea of the modern rally when he started the infamous Cannonball Runs. Since then Bullrun has taken on the mantel of the modern navigational rally replacing out and out point to point racing with their version of luxury car rallies including celebrities and drivers from around the world and a huge TV franchise supporting the Bullrun brand.
In 1979, the winning Jaguar XJS achieved an incredible time of 32hrs 51 minutes from New York to the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach. Many thought this legendary ‘Sea to Shining Sea’ endurance time would never be beaten and indeed has proved unbreakable until now….
Having already heavily prepared their Ferrari 550 for this years’ Bullrun Rally, Montreal to Key West, they felt they had a real chance to challenging the time. With extra fuel cells and an onboard spare tire they left Manhattan on the evening of May 12th. They phoned their wives, who promptly flew to LA to greet the would be champions.
Having created motoring history, Dennis and Richard are expected to catch up with Rally in time for the celebrations in Key West.
MR ANGRY - MONTREAL TO BOSTON TO ATLANTIC CITY
Woof! Day 1 and Day 2 of Bullrun... interesting happenings to say the least. So, here's the low down from the Mr. Angry's mouth. At the starting line in Montreal it just happened to be the 68' Dodge Charger of yours truly and the Ferrari 550 of Mr. Richard Rawlings. Now, before the start there was an announcement a small bet (50K) was placed between Team Rieke and Rawlings that Rawlings couldn't beat the coast to coast record of 32 hours 51 minutes. So the bet was placed at the amount of 50K and Rawlings was off and as of right now Rawlings is kicking ass and taking names. God speed Mr. Rawlings...
So the start came for the first one... Montreal to Boston and we were able to hook up with Marcus - this super guy who worked for Lojak and took us a to a secluded border crossing where we were able to blaze through the boarder with no worries. From then on it was smooth sailing all the way to Boston were stayed at the Intercontenial Hotel and just kicked back relaxed. Oh yea, we ran with the 77' Trans Am of Team Cockney who are both rock stars. The T/A was in our mirror and I just couldn't help but think about Burt Reynolds in good ole' Smokey and the Bandit. It was all good times and speed. We also ran with Lamont in the 911 and aside from being a great guy is one hell of a great driver.
So, today we left Boston and boogied down to Vinyard 48 on Long Island, NY... now, I grew up here, this is my home turf so for Team Charger it was all gas pedal and fuel stops... until that is, we got close to Queens. I mean I live there, so on principle we had to stop at my house where I took a shower and changed into some nice new cloths and became a human being again. The route card had everyone else sitting in traffic, but again, my Island, my town, my run. We were able to relax and still get to Atlantic City (did I mention that is where we were going?) with no problems and we were nice and relaxed. Life was good, dinner was good, the drinks were good and hell... the Charger was good.
More on all stuff Bullrun tomorrow... Cheers...
(Richard Flipping off to break a 30 something year old record).
BULLRUN NEWS - INTERVIEW - MONTREAL
The Rally Guru sits down for a chat with Bullrun Spike TV driver, Mr. Angry.
T-Minus One Day and Counting
So the run up from NYC to Montreal went pretty good. Jason Wallace from Spike TV Team F150 and Rich Bannon from Team Mustang came along for the ride. We cruised up 87 north in the Charger without incident and it ran like the rockstar that it is. The 440 was singing on the outside and on the inside we… well Jason and Rich (I was driving) were watching Burt Reynolds and Dom Deluise in Cannonball Run on the JVC DVD player we have installed in the dash.
All was good until 2 hours in when the thunderstorms came down. For 2 hours we ran through heavy downpours, but again, the Charger just hammered through it… ya’ just got to love old detroit iron.
Then we hit the Canadian border. This was an all around interesting experience. We pulled through the border and customs agents pulled us to the side. At first they asked us all the questions. Where are you going, why are you here, does this thing have a 6 pack in it… what!?!
No joke, the customs agents went nuts over the Charger. I popped the hood and went through everything from the hydroboost system to the accusump we installed. They all loved it. After all the paper work was complete, they gave us back our documents and sent us on our way. Before doing so however; the customs agents did make one small request of us.
Can you do a burnout when you leave? Again, we were like what!?! But they did infact request this and did infact comply with they’re demands, afterall, we are in there country. So we hit the gas and roasted hides into Canada… nice right?
MONTREAL - THURSDAY NIGHT
It’s roughly a 5 hour drive up to Montreal from NYC. I thought I would fly since I’d be in a car all the way down to Key West for a week. After a two hour delay at Newark and another two hours waiting to take-off, I had enough. Practically every team that decided to drive up on Thursday beat me up there.
We’re all at the Ritz in Downtown Montreal. I got my first glimpse of a proper Bullrun car, a Novitec Ferrari F430 (More on tha car later). The boys’ stickering up the cars are happy to get a jump on a bunch of vehicles as they will more than likely be up all night prepping the cars for the Saturday launch.
Word on the street is it took a while for a few Bullrun participants to get through the border - every piece of paperwrok is checked! Reports of State Trooper activity in New York State have come in with stiff warnings to all Bullrunners to keep things to a dull roar. I’m pretty sure no one wants to sit on the side of the road for any period of time. Even reports of people being told they had too much cash on them to enter Canada.
The party ended up at The Globe on St. Laurent. It was the first time Bullrun Live participants met Bullrun Spike TV drivers. Everyone was interested in how all that was going to go down and I have to say it went pretty well. Richard Rawlings had a chat with Jason from Team Ford F150. Mr. Angry had a nice chat with Dennis Collins, Richard and Jay Riecke.
If you follow the show, you would know that there was a little bad blood between Brian Newberry (Team Lotus) and Jason Wallace of (Team Ford F150). Who knows what they think of each other for real, but tonight it was about a good time.
I have to say though; it was Team Lotus (Spike TV) and their crew that really livened up the party. Brian Newberry and Danny Klein are just naturally funny. The show does not depict their natural relationship. Of course this situation didn’t call for them to bicker at eat other, but you can tell real easy that it’s not them at all. They are all about having a kick ass time, wherever they happen to be.
Brian (Team Lotus) told a story of when the Spike show reached Seattle and he had not yet taken a dump which was like 5 days into shooting. He and Porto-potties don’t mix. Apparently, he went to the drug store and grabbed some ex-lax. He took it, did his thing and that was that. So he thought. He ended get being far enough away from the bathroom during another episode and ended up shitting himself.
You wonder why the producers cut that shit out (literally). That's good TV. He had a camera on him. It wouldhave been great to have one of those big Bullrun on Spike TV explosions go off as he crapped himself.
According to the Spike drivers, there was a lot they left out. Maybe we could hope for a true behind the scenes DVD of Bullrun on Spike TV. Shitting and all.
Other teams out were Team Riecke, Team Oh! Canada, The Naylors, Andy's Dad, Jennifer Nicole, Kristine and Maresh Elizaj. Deputy Editor of European Car magazine, Karl Funke and Claus Ettensberger, CEO of CEC Wheels and Brabus USA. Claus is going to give me a full tour of his Tech Art Magnum. There’s nothing like a SUV that can beat most cars on a flat road. More fun on Friday.
This is the official Blog of Bullrun 2007
The blog writers for this blog were chosen for a specific reason. To give all the folks at home the best possible coverage of Bullrun 2007.
Many of the folks reading this blog will recognize the name Mr. Angry right from the get go. He owns a very nasty '68 Charger and made it to the final four of the Bullrun Spike TV show. He also submitted video blogs and an interview to Car Domain. Mr. Angry will provide a drivers perspective of the rally and will offer insites on the differences and similarities between the Spike TV Bullrun show and the real Bullrun Rally.
Some of you may reconize Jennifer Nicole from the Spike TV show. She was one of the "Flag Girls". What many of you don't know is she was a Live Rally driver first. She piloted a 2006 Audi A8 across the country on Bullrun 2006 - New York to LA Coast to Coast Classic. Jennifer Nicole will also offer insites of someone who's been involved in both iterations of Bullrun (Live & Spike). She'll also be driving with the famous, Tila Tequila on this rally so we'll have 1st hand knowledge of Tila's experiences all throughout.
As for me, I've been named the "Rally Guru" for various different reason. I used to work at Spike TV and conducted the very first pitch meetings with Spike TV Programming on behalf of Bullrun Productions. I can't say that I was the end all be all in getting Bullrun on Spike TV produced, because there were so many people and so many variables involed. But I can proudly say that I did contribute and play a small part in the grand scheme of things.
Bullrun2007 will be my 3rd Bullrun Live Rally. I was involved in Bullrun 2005 and Bullrun 2006. Last year my buddy Emil and I piloted a 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo SE as Team Los Matadors. We both dressed as Spanish Bullfighters celebrating the rich history of Lamborghini and used our characters to celebrate our involment in Bullrun in a very fun way.
This year, I'm stripping away the outfit and going solo. I didn't feel it was right doing Los Matadors again without Emil. He's off building up the automotive websites FastLaneDaily.com and VODCARS.com for his new venture, Next New Networks.
I'll be be driving in various cars and with various people throughout the rally. I know the ins and outs, all the major players and I'll be your eyes and ears and provide the most info possible. Even the stuff you wouldn't normally read about on Bullrun.com or see on the different Bullrun TV shows and DVDs.
We all hope you enjoy it.