2007 Gumball 3000 (April 28-May 5)

 

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Now, in its ninth year (1999-2007), the Gumball 3000 is by far the world’s largest, cult car rally created by Maximillion Cooper. With over 120 some cars and 240 some participants the Gumball 3000 appeals to the adventurer in all, regardless of status or wealth.

Forget the amazing race, that is extremely boring and lame, and as much as I love Formula 1, I keep partying so hard in Montreal every year, that I have slept through the last 3 years of race day. I more than owe it to myself to be part of the Gumball 3000 race within 3-5 years. That’s one of my top 5 goals in the next couple years to say the least.

Here is the 2007 Gumball 3000 Agenda you all have been asking for:

Saturday April 28, 2007
Registration Launch Party at the Trocadero, London. The street out front will be closed, the red carpet ready for the sickest cars on the planet accompanied by supermodels, rock stars and automotive crazies.

Sunday April 29, 2007
(1:00pm) Cars and drivers at Pall Mall for car display.
(4:00pm) From Pall Mall, London, the cars will drive to the Amsterdam checkpoint via Eurotunnel and Belgium. It is going to be Queens Day so there should be quite the Vegas style party happening. And like Vegas, what happens in Amsterdam stays in Amsterdam.

Monday April 30, 2007
Cars drive through the night to a secret airport in Frankfurt where all cars will be loaded into 2 Russian Antanov airplanes. After a 4 hour flight (and maybe some sleep) the crew lands on the Asian side of Istanbul and the cars are escorted to one of the most famous streets in the city; Bagdat Street. The teams will retire for the evening at Kempinski Ciragan Palace where they will party like the rock stars they all are at a themed James Bond Party!! Crazy Awesome!

Tuesday May 1, 2007
After shaking off (not stirred) last nights mild hangover the race continues to Athens via Thessolaniki checkpoint. Once in Athens, they will stay the night at the Hilton Hotel as well as party at a WHITE PARTY themed event on the top floor of the Hilton (I wonder if Paris is covering the bill in order to snag a quick and dirty advertising spot?) While the participants of the Gumball 3000 will be getting their party face on (not that they have taken it off since departure on April 28th), their wicked awesome cars will be posing for the masses at the Zappeion Area.

Wednesday May 2, 2007

Rise n shine early leave for Tirana in Albania! I can guarantee you at this point, some people will be begging themselves to take it easy for the rest of the trip, but I can also guarantee there is a fat chance of this happening. The party must go on.

Thursday May 3, 2007
Cars drive through 7 countries today: Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and arriving at Bratislava Slovakia. Once arrived, the Gumballers will stay the night at the Raddisson SAS Hotel and there exotics on display at Hviezdoslavovo Square.

Friday May 4, 2007
Continuing the mayhem through the Eurospeed race circuit, the Gumball 3000 heads from Bratislava, to Prague (GERMAN AUTOBAHN TIME YAAAAAAAAAAAA) ending in Berlin. Here they will shack up at the sexy Regent Hotel and get ready for another psycho night out partying in Berlin.

Saturday May 5, 2007

Exhausted but not out partied, the Gumball 3000’s final day routes them through Holland, Belgium, France and back to Great Britain. Crossing into London via the Eurotunnel, the finish line at the Whitehall Place where a massive final party with a live music concert should finish off these party-goers for a couple days.

Bottom line, looking to the future I personally guarantee that you will be seeing a Madwhips.com and Carzi.com cars at one of these races in a few years to come. I think this would make an absolute awesome way for David to celebrate his 16th b-day. Looks like I have 3 years to make my mark, buy and modify some hot cars in order to rip it up with the automotive elite in the Gumball 3000!

I can’t begin to explain how much I look forward to taking part in the coolest automotive event of the year (not to mention giving these Olympic partyers a run for their money) as well as cover it live from a my view. I’m pretty sure I’ll be rocking a modified and trustworthy 911 Turbo.

[Source: gumball3000.com, eyecandymediapartners.com]

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8 Responses to “2007 Gumball 3000 (April 28-May 5)”

  1. mike said on April 3rd, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    Great minds think alike. I just started my series on the Gumball on my blog yesterday (april 2nd). I have most of the month lined up for everything that I can think of related to the Gumball.

    I can’t wait until the Gumball comes to the United States so I can see it in person. One of my dreams is to participate in the rally.

    If you want to participate, you need money. It’s £28,000 (about US$55,000) just to enter, not including the car.

    FYI: “It’s not a race. It’s a rally”

  2. Anthony Carbone said on April 3rd, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    Hey Mike, glad to see you share the same enthusiasm for the Gumball 3000 as most of us here at CarZi do. As much as it is labeled a RALLY, it definitely becomes a race at heart between checkpoints and rivalries are created between certain cars/drivers who have money and bets on the line. I’m sure I can find some column on my tax return to write off the $55,000 entrance fee for ‘business travel’.

  3. mike said on April 4th, 2007 at 6:13 am

    True, most people treat it as a race. I’m sure there are a number of people who want to be the first to finish. I personally would be overjoyed just to be in it.

    Taxes: write off a Porsche 911 GT3 ($106,000) as a business expense.

  4. Eman said on April 4th, 2007 at 7:15 am

    Mike,

    Not to burst your bubble but spending $55K for 7-8 days of parties with folks you don’t even know is nuts unless you’ve got all the cash in the world to burn. Don’t get me wrong..I love the GB3K, have met Max and befriended him in order to take part when it first came back to the USA in 2002 (from NYC to LA). But it was pretty reasonable back then to enter (~$15K). And now the entry price would buy you a very nice track day car.

    While I savour the 2002 run I did (particularly visiting the Playboy mansion finish), its just gotten way over price. Kudos to Max for building his business but not on my dime,

    My recommendation is to take a vacation to visit the starting points, see all the eye candy and maybe pace the cars from one point to another.

    Cheers Eric 🙂

  5. mike said on April 4th, 2007 at 8:35 am

    You are right, it is ridiculously expensive- I didn’t know that it was so much cheaper just a few years ago. It sounds like Max is just getting a little carried away with the price.

    I guess a better idea, other than the Gumball, would be to get a group of like-minded people to join in a coast-to-coast rally, independently. It would certainly be a lot cheaper that way.

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