Ed Bolian

“For me, it didn’t start as a kid. It was more around the time that I could start driving them. Even to this day, I’m not that into wrenching on them and detailing them. I’m more of the get out and drive type. When I was a kid, I read every car magazine and everything else. I got obsessed with this idea of how fast we could drive over long distances on public roads. I mentioned it to my parents actually, and they told me about the Cannonball Run. When I was in high school I interviewed Brock Yates who was the editor for Car and Driver that founded the Cannonball Run in the 1970s. I told him that one day, I wanted to drive across the country faster than anybody ever has. He had just written a book that came out in ‘01, this would’ve been around ‘04. The book said it couldn’t be done any faster than thirty-six hours and fifty-one minutes, the record from 1979. I had no means to do so, but I would go test drive cars at dealerships and try to convince the salesman that I was ready to buy the cars.”

“I would do anything I could do to be around cars. Events like this, Caffeine and Exotics, weren’t even thought of when I was younger. While I was at Georgia Tech, I started an exotic car rental company, I bought my first Lamborghini, fully financed, when I was twenty years old back in ‘06 before the financial crisis when you could get a loan by just saying how much money you made. I did that for about five years and went on to work at the local Lamborghini dealership for six years as sales director of Lamborghini-McLaren. In 2013, we set the New York to LA Cannonball record with a time of 28 hours and fifty-three minutes. I had scouts ahead of me keeping an eye out for state troopers and police officers.”

“My first car was a 1989 Land Rover Discovery. It had about 180,000 miles, it knocked like a tractor, and it was wild.”

Do you think you’ve had an experience that made you realize you love cars?

“I remember when I was a kid, I was riding in the car with my parents, and someone with a [Ferrari] 360 Spider when they had just came out and were $150,000 over sticker. It came by us, and I was just taken away like that’s the most gorgeous car I’ve ever seen. I remember thinking that I have to have one, and I’ve had three of them since then. They’re all fun.”

Do you have a favorite experience that stands out to you involving cars?

“We started our VinWiki YouTube channel for that purpose. Everybody’s got these stories, like buying a Lamborghini from a prostitute or taking a cop for a ride in a Gallardo and hit 196 miles an hour. We set the New York to LA record, then the competitive NY to LA record, then the antique car NY to La record.”

What would you be doing if you weren’t into cars? Where would you be?

“I wanted to be a crocodile hunter growing up, so I’d probably have a reptile farm somewhere you’ve never heard of. I guess I’d have to watch out for stingrays.”

What do cars mean to you?

“Cars are sort of the lense that I see the world through. It’s how I define myself a lot, and also how I enjoy myself. It’s one of those things that everyone sees and appreciates, but I’ll appreciate it for different reasons. It’s one of those things that can unite a group of people, but also put them head to head. It’s difficult to say, but it’s something I care a great deal about.”

You’ve owned a lot of cars. Which one would be your favorite?

“My favorite is the stick [Lamborghini Murcielago] LP640. I bought one that was green, and it was the nicest one that existed. There are only twenty-six manuals of that car in the US. I sold it because it was just so nice that I started feeling guilty driving it. I bought the exact same car later on but the roughest version that existed. This one was actually stolen in Canada. The dealer that was selling it got drunk one night and spun it up on a curb. He broke the front wheel and the rear control arms, so he couldn’t drive it home and he was drunk. He took his tag off, got a taxi, and reported it stolen the next morning.”

There are a lot of people that don’t understand why we love cars so much. What would you say to them?

“Everybody’s gonna have something they spend time and money on. None of them are right, none of them are wrong. It’s interesting though. People will look at it and assume it’s all rappers and celebrities, stuff like that, and it’s not that way very often. I deal with a lot of stuff like that, I mentor a lot of young kids for church. I want my relationship with Jesus to be the first thing people see, but if cars get the conversation started, I don’t mind.”

What advice would you give to people aspiring to have these cars or younger enthusiasts?

“I made a post on my website edbolian.com which is called ‘10 Steps To Take To Buy an Exotic Car,’ and it’s really about not buying a lot of cars that depreciate, not modifying cars because that doesn’t add any value, building up your credit incrementally, understanding what the marketplace is, and engrossing yourself in the culture so you understand what you want to buy.”

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