The 17th annual Gumball 3000 rally ended Friday night as cars rolled into MGM Resorts Village after a seven-day, transcontinental driving tour from Stockholm to Las Vegas. Something you want to say you did with your supercar….
Gumball 3000 is hard to describe but the ingredients aren’t hard to list: some light-weight fame and good-looking celebrities + top drawer supercars ($200 million worth) + hardcore music thumping into the night + tattoo rich.
It’s an excellent rally if you can afford the entrance fee of £40,000. It looks like fun!
100 vehicles participated in the seven-day event, which featured stops in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Reno, San Francisco and Los Angeles before concluding in Las Vegas after a drive through Death Valley.
The Gumball 3000 is an annual rally run over 3,000 miles of public roads around different parts of the civilized world. So that distance is like driving from NYC to Los Angeles PLUS then halfway to Honolulu. It is the brainchild of skateboarder and racecar drive Maximillion Cooper. The first was in 1999… just in time for the millenium.
Lewis Hamilton himself joined this year’s Gumball Rally borrowing a friend’s Koenigsegg Agera S. So did Dolph Lundgren (Rocky knocked him out in Rocky IV) who drove a Ferrari FF in a drag race in Koenigsegg’s home town.
An Aston Martin DBS V12 gained a glow for the Gumball 3000. Inventor Hamish Scott created a paint formula that contains a product called strontium aluminate that stores sunlight and then reflects it at night. The Aston Martin must have been a nightly specter during the rally.
Why *Gumball*? The Gumball Rally is a 1976 film directed and co-written by Charles Bail about a coast-to-coast road race. (Mr. Bail had been a stuntman extraordinaire and also directed a couple blaxploitation flicks). According to IMDB about his movie, “Gumball” is the code word used by automobile enthusiasts to assemble in NYC for a coast-to-coast race “with no catalytic converter and no 55-mile-per-hour speed limit,” in the shortest amount of time and only one rule: “There are no rules.”
The Gumball 3000 sounds like a movable feast inspired by the culture of Playboy and James Bond!
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