Alex Roy is well known amongst car-nuts the world over, I was first made aware of this larger than life car enthusiast in the early 2000’s by virtue of the Team Polizei 144 exploits on the Gumball 3000 and the Bullrun rallies, during these rallies Roy became well known for comically decorating his car as a mock police car from forces around the world consisting of the Canadian, German, Spanish, Swedish, Italian and Bahamanian police, he also equipped these mock police cars with lights, sirens, and for some reason an inflatable sex doll.
In 2006 Roy and his co-driver David Maher successfully broke the Transcontinental “Cannonball” New York to LA record with a time of 31 hours 4 minutes in Roy’s own BMW M5 E39, the previous record run of 32 hours 7 minutes, set by David Diem and Doug Turner driving a Ferrari 308 while competing in the US Express race in 1983 had stood unbroken for 23 years.
Roy and Maher’s record stood until October 2013 until it was shattered by Ed Bolian, co-driver Dave Black and support passenger Dan Huang in a Mercedes Benz CL55 AMG with a time of 28 hours 50 minutes.
I personally thought that Roy would try again to beat Bolian’s time; instead, he has recently dedicated himself to setting Transcontinental run records of a different type. In October 2015, Roy along with co-drivers Carl Reese and Deena Mastracci drove a Tesla Model S from LA to New York in 57 hours 48 minutes inclusively.
Clearly not content with a single record in a year, just a few short months later Roy again set out from LA to New York again accompanied by co-driver Zach Bowman, this time, the car of choice was a Morgan 3-wheeler, the end result was a time of 41 hours 49 minutes, a new record for a 3-wheeler of any kind.
After all this record breaking you might think that Roy might put his feet up and take a load off, nope, of course, he wouldn’t do that. The Editor At Large of thedrive.com seems to be attempting another EV record run from LA to New York in a Tesla Model S dubbed the P144D, so far Roy has posted several updates of his exploits to his official Facebook page:
Whatever this attempt is, TCR wishes Alex and his team the best of luck, looking forward to the story.
Alex commented on Twitter with the following somewhat ‘giving nothing away’ statement:
Just a nonstop cross-country road test. https://t.co/wGHJwCkaWA
— Alex Roy (@AlexRoy144) August 29, 2016
The 2016 award for the longest and most comprehensive road test ever, goes to Alex Roy……