Thursday, 9 March 2006

Gumball goes around the World in 8 Days

Wish I had the money and a decent car... I have all their trips on video and they rock! :-)
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"Sunday 30th April - Sunday 7th May

3000 miles, 200 drivers, 100 cars, 8 days, 3 Continents, 1 Amazing Adventure!
& 7 Spaces Remaining!

Following Phileas Fogg's quest to traverse the world in 80 days back in 1872, the 8th annual 'Gumball 3000' Rally today announces its most ambitious route ever, with a 3000-mile adventure around the world, starting in London and finishing just 8 days later in Los Angeles!

'Picture Pamela Anderson navigating her way through the streets of Bangkok, with Johnny Knoxville, Bam and Tony Hawk coming up her rear in his beat up Cadillac, and Snoop Dogg in hot pursuit and you start to get the picture, Gumball 3000 is a real life wacky races!'

Setting the benchmark for all modern day explorers, the start flag will drop in Central London on Sunday 30th April, when 120 of the most amazing cars, stars and eccentrics will set off on stage one driving a 1000 mile route through Europe, crossing the capital cities of Brussels, Vienna, Budapest, and upon reaching 'war torn' Belgrade, all cars and drivers will be airlifted in Russian Antanov cargo planes and an Icelandic Air Boeing 757 to Asia for stage 2.

After landing on a tropical paradise Island off the coast of Malaysia, the route follows a 1000 mile drive through the beaches and tropical rainforests of Thailand to reach Bangkok for another huge party. The following day the grid will again be airlifted, this time to Salt Lake City, USA, for the final 1000-mile stage through the desert. After the 'Gumball All-stars' take on the Utah Jazz basketball team for a game of one-on-one, the route will travel via the Bonneville Salt Flats to Las Vegas for a 'Gumball exclusive' performance from hip hop legend Snoop Dogg at the Hard Rock Hotel, and then onwards to cross the finish line on the famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills on Sunday 7th May, ready to party the night away with Hugh Hefner and his Playmates at the famous Playboy Mansion!

The first Gumball 3000 took place in 1999, when British Gumball creator Maximillion Cooper invited 50 of his friends to take part in a 3000 mile Rally around Europe. Eight years later, Gumball has consistently hit the headlines as "Cool Britannia's" most unique addition to pop culture. Described by Vanity Fair Magazine as "the most rock 'n' roll car rally ever staged" and famed for its exploits and celebrity participation, the event attracts stars including Oscar-winning star of the Pianist and King Kong Adrien Brody, supermodels Jodie Kidd and Linda Evangelista, Kill Bills Daryl Hannah, Jackass' Johnny Knoxville, skateboard and MX legends Tony Hawk and Carey Hart, and rock stars including Pink, The Happy Mondays Bez, The Darkness, Placebo, Blink 182, Goldie, Jamiroquai and even Ms Minogue.

The entry grid is packed full of superstars and supercars from the worlds of music, film and fashion, driving everything from Ferrari Enzo's and Bugatti Veyrons to Rolls Royce Phantoms and even a humble Ice Cream van. Gumball is certain to cause a stir wherever it goes; in 2005, over 3 million people took to the streets in 13 countries to watch the Gumball drive through and TV coverage was broadcast in 180 countries. 2006 will be even bigger…!

For further information, go to http://www.gumball3000.com or email info@gumball3000.com . Due to an extra cargo plane we still have 7 spaces remaining so if you are up for it, get filling in the application form at the bottom of the terms and conditions off the 2006 Rally page of the site."

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