Archive for May, 2010
The culmination of the 2010 Gumball 3000 Rally was at Times Square in New York City. Droves of people gathered around a barricaded area awaiting the arrival of the most exclusive cars in the world. Driven by excitement to finish and probably excessive amounts of caffeine, the cars were piloted in one by one. Exhaust notes bouncing down the city streets off buildings, turning wild eyes to Times Square. The excitement spread quickly, and crowds gathered to see what all the fuss was about. The bright lights and city surroundings paired with the exotic cars and high-profile drivers turned into quite the spectacle.
The Gumball 3000 is touted as the most exclusive car rally in the world. In its 12th year, this year’s rally crossed two continents. Launching over 10 million dollars worth of exotic and unique machinery from London, heading to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, then across the pond to land in Boston Massachusetts and on to 3 more North American destinations!
Many “trials and tribulations” occurred on the European leg left the Gumballers feeling drained. The group was not allowed to rally through Denmark. “The Man” told them if they tried to pass through, they would be ticketed, arrested and have their cars impounded. This resulted in transporting the vehicles on trucks and sending the group for a 9 hour trip by bus-twice what it would have taken with them at the wheel. After making it through that ordeal, vehicle mishaps occurred resulting in a hacksaw to a GT2 and duct tape body work on that and a Lambo! Traveling through Sweden, twenty-seven plus cars were all pulled over and given hefty tickets. Upon reaching their final European destination, they gave the driving a rest and took the party to a plane completely filled with Gumballers and headed for the USA.