Carl Reese (driver)

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Carl Reese
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Reese at a BMW dealer in Manhattan
Carl J. Reese

(1969-04-17) April 17, 1969 (age 50)
Home townMercer, Pennsylvania
AwardsGuinness World Record

Carl Reese (born April 17, 1969) is a multiple Guinness World Record holding professional endurance driver.[1][2]


Guinness World Record: Shortest Charging Time in an Electric Vehicle[edit]

From 16–19 April 2015, Rodney Hawk, Deena Mastracci, and Reese drove from Los Angeles to New York City in a Tesla Model S P85D. The non-driving time was 12 hours, 48 minutes, and 19 seconds.[3]

Fastest time from Los Angeles to New York City in an electric vehicle[edit]

The April 16–19, 2015 trip also set the record for the fastest time from Los Angeles to New York City in an electric vehicle.[4][5] The total trip time was 58 hours and 55 minutes. The trip was supported by Anthony Alvarado, Johnnie Oberg, and Matt Nordenstrom.

Transcontinental autonomous record[edit]

From October 18–21, 2015, Deena Mastracci, Reese, and Alex Roy set the first record for the shortest LA-NYC trip with a semi-autonomous car.[6][7][8][9][10] The trio drove from Redondo Beach, CA in route to Red Ball Garage in Manhattan in 57 hours and 48 minutes.[6] The drivers used the autopilot function of the Tesla Model S P85D for 96.1% of the 2995-mile journey.[6][7][11]

Double transcontinental electric vehicle record[edit]

On October 22, 2015, after fewer than 28 hours in New York City after the record-breaking autonomous run, Deena Mastracci and Reese drove the Tesla P85D back to the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach, California.[12] A notary stood by to officially log the couple in; a staff member of the Portofino was witness.

The couple set the double transcontinental record for an electric vehicle (round trip LA-NYC-LA) with a time of 6 days, 6 hours, and 22 minutes; this beat the previous record set by Dan Edmunds and Kurt Niebuhrs, which was 6 days, 23 hours, and 4 minutes.[13][5]

Solo motorcycle "Cannonball" record from Los Angeles to New York City[edit]

Reese held the record for fastest solo motorcycle from Los Angeles to New York City with a time of 38 hours and 49 minutes. He departed from Winnetka, CA on 28 August 2015 at 3:15 am and arrived in New York City the next day at 9:04 pm.[14][15][16][17][18][19][20] Reese insisted on notaries at both the start and finish lines who verified his identification, engine number, odometer reading, and VIN. The motorcycle used was also tracked by third-party GPS tracking. His record was later beaten by Adam Frasca on April 10, 2019 with an east to west record time of 37 hours 7 minutes and again two weeks later by Calvin Cote with a west to east record time of 35 hours 6 minutes on April 21, 2019.

Closest Place to the Sun on Earth to the Sea on Motorcycle in a Single Day[edit]

On 3 September 2016, Reese and Sebastian Montero were granted special access on Chimborazo in Ecuador to set the new world record for riding on motorcycles from the closest point on Earth to the sun to an elevation at sea level in a single day. Reese and Montero reached a gain/loss in elevation of 56,678 feet during their endeavor. Although Chimborazo is typically off-limits to motorcycles due to the remoteness of the mountain in the case of an emergency, Minister of the Interior José Serrano granted Reese and his team special access to the natural wonder.[21][22]

Guinness World Record: Greatest Distance in 24 hours on a Motorcycle (solo)[edit]

On February 26, 2017 Reese broke the Guinness Book of World Record for Greatest Distance in 24 hours on a Motorcycle (individual) on a track. Reese partnered with Continental AG to use the 8.5 mile closed track to set his latest world record. Continental Tire Proving Grounds are located in Uvalde, Texas. Reese totaled 2116.5 miles in less than a 24-hour period. Breaking the existing Guinness record of 2023.5 miles held by Matthew McKelvey in 2014.[23][24]


Motorcycle Relief Project[edit]

Reese and Deena Mastracci have set multiple world records to bring attention to Motorcycle Relief Project, a US-based charity that helps combat veterans with PTSD.[25]

Coalition of Hope[edit]

On 3 September 2016 Reese set a motorcycle record on Chimborazo in Ecuador to bring awareness to the April 2016 earthquake. Reese's record-setting ride was to bring attention to the "Ecuador Earthquake Relief" project by Coalition of Hope, a US-based charity, and The Ride of My Life YouTube production company. [26]

TV Appearances[edit]

Record-breaking Carl Reese appeared on Fox Business Network with Liz Claman aired on 2015 and 2016.[27][28] He has also appeared on Season 2 Episode 10 of To Tell the Truthgame show as a guest for setting the fastest cannonball record time from Los Angeles to New York City on motorcycle.[29]


  1. ^ "Guinness World Records: Shortest charging time to cross the United States in an electric vehicle". Guinness World Records. April 19, 2015.
  2. ^ "Guinness World Records: Greatest distance on a motorcycle in 24 hours (individual)publisher=Guinness World Records". February 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "Shortest charging time to cross the United States in an electric vehicle". Guinness World Records. April 19, 2015.
  4. ^ "Guinness World Record Attempt: Most People Stuffed In A Tesla Model S P100D - Video".
  5. ^ a b "List of Carl Reese's World Records – Carl Reese".
  6. ^ a b c Testing the Tesla Autopilot on a 2,995-mile road trip. November 3, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2016 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ a b Davies, Alex (October 22, 2015). "Obviously Drivers Are Already Abusing Tesla's Autopilot". WIRED. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  8. ^ Krok, Andrew (October 21, 2015). "Trio claims coast-to-coast Tesla Autopilot record in 57 hours, 48 minutes". Roadshow. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  9. ^ Hankey, Josie (October 21, 2015). "Trio Breaks Los Angeles to New York Transcontinental Autonomous Driving Record with Tesla's New Autopilot System". PRWeb (Press release). Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  10. ^ DiStasio, Cat (October 23, 2015). "Tesla Model S drivers use self-driving features on record-breaking road trip". Inhabitat. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  11. ^ Edelstein, Stephen (October 22, 2015). "Autopilot drives Tesla Model S Electric Car Coast-To-Coast (More Or Less)". Green Car Reports. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  12. ^ Roy, Alex (October 30, 2015). "The Future Is Back: Why The New Cross-Country Tesla Record Matters". Jalopnik. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  13. ^ " Tesla Drivers Set Record for Cross-Country Travel in Electric Vehicle". Edmunds. July 21, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  14. ^ Hankey, Josie (February 4, 2016). "Man Breaks Solo Cannonball Motorcycle Record from Los Angeles to New York City in 38 hours, 49 minutes". PRWeb (Press release). Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  15. ^ "Two-wheeled triumph: solo 'cannonball' transcontinental record smashed". 27 January 2016.
  16. ^ Crucchiola, Jordan. "How to Race a Motorcycle Across the US in a Record 39 Hours Straight".
  17. ^ Fails, Andrew (February 10, 2016). "Cannonballing on Two Wheels: Everyone Else is a Sissy". Right Foot Down. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  18. ^ Crucchiola, Jordan (February 1, 2016). "How to Race a Motorcycle Across the US in a Record 39 Hours Straight". WIRED. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  19. ^ "Man Breaks Solo Cannonball Motorcycle Record from LA to NYC in 38 hours, 49 minutes". TransContinental Drivers Association (Press release). January 27, 2016. Archived from the original on February 9, 2016. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  20. ^ Baruth, Jack (January 28, 2016). "Los Angeles to NYC in 38 Hours, On A Six-Cylinder Beemer". The Truth About Cars. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  21. ^ "New Motorcycle Record For All The Right Reasons". (Website). September 21, 2016. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  22. ^ jsmith (2016-09-21). "Carl Reese Sets Another Motorcycle World Record in Ecuador". Rider Magazine. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  23. ^ "Carl Reese smashes 24-hour motorcycle endurance record in 23 hours". New Atlas. Loz Blain. 6 March 2017.
  24. ^ "Carl Reese Sets 24-Hour Solo Distance Record". RideApart. Papa Wealey. 6 March 2017.
  25. ^ Reese, Carl (September 21, 2016). "Carl Reese and Sebastian Montero Set Motorcycle Record in Ecuador". (Website). Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  26. ^ Reese, Carl (September 21, 2016). "Carl Reese Sets Another Motorcycle World Record in Ecuador". (Website). Retrieved September 25, 2016.
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