Update: 2007 Gumball 3000 FATALITY COVER UP


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The 911 Porsche that crashed into the Volkswagen killing the driver and putting the passenger in critical condition was apparently the car of Nick Morley and Matthew McConville. As you can see by the banner I have included in this post, The Official Gumball 3000 website has shut down the forum and stopped answering all questions.

Thanks to some Instant Messaging the folks over at Jalopnik have given us Gumball 3000 followers an update on the unfortunate fatal crash over in Macedonia:

“everyone involved has been told to shut up so I’m going around them, calling authorities…they tried covering the shit up, they’ve had 24 hours to issue a press release…and nothing of the sort…they kept it from all other gumballers too”

Fleeing the scene and covering it up is going to prove to be a HUGE NEGATIVE blow for Maximillion and his beloved Gumball 3000 brand, not to mention Nick and Matthew of the Porsche. This is all going to create one hell of a firestorm over in Europe and most likely end the Gumball 3000 race on that continent for good.

At this time, the race organizers have yet to answer anyones phone call inquiries into this matter.

Stay tuned, I will report the situation ASAP as it gets released.


3pm UPDATE: More Background Info
Macedonian TV Station A1 said the drivers (Nick Morley and Matthew McConville) later climbed into another car, a BMW, and tried to leave the country. However organizers of the rally said the drivers returned to the scene 20 minutes later. The drivers of the Porsche 911 Turbo Techart allegedly got out of their crashed car and ran off, local police said.

The Techart Porsche 911 Turbo of Nick Morley and Matthew McConville hit an oncoming car, at a reported speed of more than 200km/h, after which, according to media reports, they tried to escape the country via the nearby border post.

4pm UPDATE: Co Pilot No Longer Following/Reporting Gumball 3000
After sleuthing around the net trying to find more information on the crash as well as the current situation, I came accross a site I had bookmarked and is NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

There is NO MENTION anywhere on the site about their involvement with THE GUMBALL 3000.

CoPilot Live GPS (by Alk Technologies) is the Official Navigation Sponsor of the Gumball 3000. Their link no longer displays any sort of coverage of the Gumball 3000. Here is a picture of Maximillion Cooper in front of the media board and XZIBIT being shown how to use the software.

4:30pm UPDATE: Gumball 3000 Press Statement

Team Polizei’s Alex Roy and Michael Ross withdraw from the rally and I fully agree that its the only appropriate thing to do after this unfortunate tragedy. Their recent post on Team Polizei’s Website states “In view of events of the past day, Alex Roy and Michael Ross of Team Polizei have withdrawn from the 2007 Gumball Rally. They are driving to Bratislava to thank the fans that have traveled from so far. They will make a further statement at 10.00GMT.”

Here is the Gumball 3000 Press Release more then 24 hours after the incident.

Gumball 3000 is very saddened to announce a road accident which occurred yesterday, May 2nd, involving a participating vehicle and a local vehicle in Macedonia. Exact details are still filtering through, but below are the facts as of midday May 3rd 2007 issued by the Macedonian authorities.

An adult Macedonian male aged 67 died in hospital from a heart attack following the incident where the two cars collided. The participants in the rally were held in custody last night with a preliminary court judgment expected today.

Organizers of the rally would like to express its deepest condolences to the family of the victim for this tragic accident.

Maximillion Cooper, founder of the Rally says: “It is with extreme sadness I have to make an announcement of this nature in the events nine year history.. The event is organized with each local authorities support and permission, and drivers are under strict stipulation by abide by the laws and road regulations of the country they are driving through. It is extremely sad for this unfortunate accident to have occurred. I am informed that the incident was reported immediately by the drivers. Both drivers are extremely traumatized by this occurrence.”

5:30pm UPDATE: Nicholas Morley and Matthew McConville Info
According to reports, Nicholas Morley, 30, and Matthew McConvile, 32, both British citizens, have been arrested in FYROM (Former Yugoslavian Republic Of Macedonia) for a hit & run incident when their Techart Porsche 911 Turbo crashed into an elderly couple’s VW Golf, killing Vladimir Cepuljoski, 67 and seriously injuring his wife, Margarita Cepuljoski who remains hospitalized in critical condition. Apparently, the two Brits tried to escape by getting into another car but they were caught by FYROM police.

6:30pm Final UPDATE: Gumball 3000 CANCELLED

May 3, 2007: Aftermath
According to two sources familiar with the cross-Europe road rally, the car that picked up Nick Morley and Matthew McConville after the deadly hit-and-run incident was allegedly described as a Gumball BMW with Russian plates. Sources have speculated that it could be the #19 Russian BMW.

“An investigative judge of Struga Court ordered 30 days of temporary detention to the British citizen Nicholas Morley, Makfax’s correspondent reported. Morley has been detained for the purposes of the investigation into yesterday’s traffic accident that took place at Struga-Qafasan road, which left one Macedonian citizen dead. The victim’s wife, who has suffered heavy injuries in the accident, is in critical condition. The tragic traffic accident occurred on the Struga-Qafasan road near KMR Petrol station. The speeding Porsche, driven by the Briton, crossed over the center lane and crashed into Golf with Ohrid registration plates.”

It was also reported that the driver and passenger of the BMW with Russian license plates were released by Macedonian authorities after initially being taken into custody. As for the official charges against Morley they are for:

“heavy violation of traffic safety” and “failure to provide help to an injured person.”

May 4, 2007: 2nd Fatality
Margarita Chepunjoska, the wife of Vladimir, who died May 2nd, 2007, has passed away today in the Skopje Clinic Center.

May 4, 2007: Maximillion Cooper’s Interview with the BBC

Maximillian Cooper’s interview with the BBC: “60 kph…which is well within the speed limit…it would appear to be a genuine sort of accident where this elderly couple just pulled out in front of them.”

May 9, 2007: Aftermath Pictures of the Techart Porsche 911 Turbo, Volkswagen Golf


[Source: Gumball3000.com, Jalopnik.com, Wikipedia.com, Times.co.uk, GTspirit.com, Gumball3000blog.com, Gumball144.com/CMS, BBC.co.uk, Metro.co.uk]

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25 Responses to “Update: 2007 Gumball 3000 FATALITY COVER UP”

  1. Dave said on December 16th, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Whatever the accusations of speeding, which obviously occurs when they can get away with it and when it’s considered safe to do so under the circumstances, like anyone else, it’s obvious that this was a relatively low speed accident, due to the close (touching?!) proximity of the two vehicles at rest. The Porsche would be half a mile down the road already and they’d both be unrecognisable if this was a head on collision at 200kph.

    I wasn’t there but it looks to me like the Porsche braked into the ditch, hence the low level frontal damage, then the rear end flipped up and around and landed on the Golf, which tried to turn into the ditch to avoid collision also.

    60kph Porsche at initial braking point is probably about right.

    200kph at impact? Utterly impossible.

    Either way, never shut the door on someone trying to overtake as the Porsche probably just ran out of road if they did anything wrong atall.

    Condolences to ALL involved, as no-one ever does this on purpose (except suicide cases), regardless of how much money they have!

  2. G said on March 1st, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    your an idiot. find pictures of the other side of the VW, its in a V. Most likely a relatively low speed (130mph). This enough to seriously damage internal organs. You can kill people by hitting them in the spleen, what do you think a 1400 pound car cound do

  3. Adam said on March 12th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    G: 130 is low speed? There’s absolutely no way that either of those cars would be recognizable at that speed. It wouldn’t push a V into the car, it would taco the damn thing in half and the resulting velocity would have destroyed both cars completely by rolling them. NO WAY was that a head-on going that fast

  4. steffo said on March 15th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    tards ever heard of a roll cage? stops you car from crushin when you have a crash

  5. turbo160mph said on March 31st, 2008 at 1:04 am

    The Porshe probably had a cage but I’m positive that the VW didn’t, and even with a cage the Porshe would have still been destroyed almost beyond recognition as well as VW. Obviously the VW wasn’t damaged in a 130mph wreck and only survived as well as it did because of it’s nonexistant cage.

  6. scratch said on April 18th, 2008 at 2:28 am

    130mph?? no way… check out some videos of Top Gear on Youtube were they “simulate” a head-on collision of exactly 60kph … the outcome looks a bit the same… no roll cage whatsoever would withstand an impact of an almost 1600kg car hitting another object of +1000kg at 130mph (200kph!!)

  7. oliver_sudden said on July 23rd, 2008 at 9:21 am

    I think you mean “you’re” an idiot. ‘Your’ is possessive as in ‘your tiny brain’, whereas ‘you’re’ means you are. Simple really. Much like you.

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  9. thekenniewitch said on August 30th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Regardless of what speed the car was going when it hit the Golf, why are people not expressing sympathy to the victim’s family???

    And the guys who didn’t care enough to try and see if they could have helped the crash victims should be totally ashamed of their behavior!!! I realize that people in stressful situations act in shock and don’t always do what is logical, but that still doesn’t excuse what they did. The cowards only thought of themselves.

  10. thekenniewitch said on August 30th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    You are showing your lack of education when you don’t know enough to capitalize the first word of your sentences. You are showing your ignorance by saying that 130 mph is low speed. Sentences end with a period. Please show a bit of respect for the two lives lost in the crash.

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  12. Peter said on September 19th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    this is very sad story.

  13. Gord said on September 30th, 2008 at 5:10 am

    Surley if they were going 200Kph both cars would be worse than this?

    Its a bad thing to spead but it seams like an accident

  14. WAKE UP said on September 30th, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Dave is a friggin moron,
    so is anyone else claiming to be a crash investigation expert. You were not there and just because you’ve seen a couple of movies with crashes doesn’t make you an expert.
    You do not know any details of the accident except from what you’ve read here and you think you know how it happened? Wake up to yourselves fools.
    If you knew anything about gumball you’d see its just a bunch of rich morons with no respect for others lives who constantly break laws on roads when they obviously have no driving skill.
    If they wanna race, keep it to the track, don’t endanger others lives by being an absolute idiot.
    Anyone who defends these guys needs a major wake up call – this is reality, not some stupid movie

  15. Baron said on October 6th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Idk about the speed or details or coverup, but if they were abiding all laws why would they try and leave the country, come on. They knew they were in the wrong. This is a race of cowards like these two. I can’t believe they are running it this year after this. Just shows how profit-driven some people are.

  16. schizoidman said on October 29th, 2008 at 2:01 am

    Why are these dangerous morons still allowed to drive? Why is this Gumball Rally, which is not even clever enough to come up with an original title, still allowed to be run?

    This is horrible. Imagine if those poor victims were your parents, or grandparents? Would you still be talking about how the Porsche wasn’t going that fast? Or that the crash scene wasn’t more destructive? Good grief, you fools are just that.

    This whole rally (race) should be banned. As a former racer myself. I’d never condone such foolishness on public roads. Never. If you like cars, speed, flight, then come see us at Goodwood’s or some other responsible event.

    Get these fools off the road.

  17. hoot said on January 8th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    theres no way either were doing 130 anything else they both be wrecked. the porsche is frikin repairable! they died because they were in a shit car

  18. WAKE UP said on January 9th, 2009 at 3:16 am

    hoot: Once again, you are not a crash investigation expert. I’ve seen many things that don’t appear to make sense in the result of a car crash. You wouldn’t have a clue if you weren’t there, you can’t know how an accident happened or how fast they were going from looking at one car. Eg A car going at well over the speed limit could clip another car, keep going while the other car could go sliding, then flip over something and be destroyed.. You moron.

    They did NOT die because they were in a shit car, they died because of SHIT drivers driving much faster than their abilities allowed – causing them to crash into some innocent people. If people want to race they should firstly LEARN how to do it, then do it on a racetrack.

    Whoever was driving that porsche has too much money, too little driving skill & too little disregard for anyone elses lives.
    I hope they are punished for what they did.

  19. Eko1 said on June 9th, 2009 at 8:16 am

    I am from the city in wich the crash heppaind. It was a real tragedy. We are a small country, if you have money it is easy to buy yourself from any kind of situation you get into.

    What I dont understand is how those two guys live with theirselfs. How do they sleep at night knowing that they killed innonect people, didn`t even try help them and got away free just beacuse they had lots of money.

    Hell has a place for them reserved. May the innocent rest in peace.

  20. Keyser Soze said on July 9th, 2009 at 1:19 am

    you know what shut the fuck up all of you. you too “wake up”. who r u trying to defend? you make it sound like you were there sitting under a tree taking a bite out of granny smith apple when it all happened, and you pissed yourself. maybe they were negligent drivers in the porsche, and maybe they were not the best of drivers in the VW. maybe the people in the VW panicked at the last second. or vice versa.

    you know whats even worse than this. i tell you dear sir. there are people out there having inter-species relationships with animals and selling visual material of them for profit. poor animals. you bastards.

    ps. i will rape all you in my m5. over and out.

    Keyser Soze

  21. WAKE UP said on July 9th, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Keyser Soze: Firstly, who am I trying to defend?
    You obviously have no intellectual ability whatsoever, you completely missed every point I made. It’s people like you who make me wish they took the safety warnings ie ‘POISON – Do not drink’ off everything so the world could be a better place.. How the hell do you figure I make it sound like I was sitting there? The whole point I was making was that no one knows except the police who investigated it and obviously have experience in dealing with it, NOT someone like you who see’s a few pictures on a website and thinks they can peice together the chain of events leading to it.
    Maybe they did panick, I don’t know or care about it, the point is the majority of people in the gumball rally participate to drive like complete tools on roads that are shared with alot of people who won’t be driving like tools. If you’re driving twice as fast as someone on the same road who isn’t expecting you to it’s a distaster waiting to happen. The other thing is these people in the rally are NOT proffessional race drivers, they’re morons who have expensive cars, if they want to race they should do it on a track, not where they’re endangering the lives of others.

    Good for you and your animals.

    ps. good luck in your imaginary car.

    ‘wake up’ – NOT a tool

  22. Sean said on July 27th, 2010 at 6:09 am

    How long in prison did the 2 guys get?

  23. Jadebullet said on December 9th, 2010 at 2:35 am

    I agree with the people saying that it was not 200kph. At that speed, the Porche would have crumpled all the way up the front, and rolled considerably. Also, the Golf would have probably been scooped up and thrown over the Porche. Damage wise, the Golf would have disintegrated under the pressure of the Gforces applied, or at least be more mangled than that. The Porche? That would have been reduced to maybe the area around the cage, though that probably would have failed at that speed. Also, at that speed, I doubt the drivers would have walked away from it, even with the 5 point harness. The body just can’t withstand the Gforce.

    From what I can tell. Something happened where the Porche came down on the Golf. The damage to both cars doesn’t look like a head end collision to me. The suspension of the Golf is collapsed in the front, and the hood and roof are bashed in. Also, it looks to me as if the blow came more from the side. If you look at the picture above, the driver’s left of the Golf looks like it took a massive lateral beating. But, the front of the cars seem relatively undamaged, relatively speaking of course. To me, it looks like the Porche has alot of lower level damage, but not alot of upper level damage. That front section should be really pushed in.

    Now, I know what you are probably thinking. Low level damage on the Porche, high level damage on the Golf. The Porche obviously rode over the Porche as a result of a high speed, direct head on collision. I would say the same thing, except for two things. As I have mentioned before, There just isn’t alot of push in. Or even a bending to support the Porche driving up the car. The second reason is the ending location of the cars. At that speed, the Porche should have been well past the VW. (inertia and all that.) Instead, it is off to the side, but pretty level with the VW. What this looks to me like, is that the Porche wasn’t going entirely that fast when it hit the VW.

    If you want my opinion on what happened, it is this. Porche tried to pass another car. He lost control for some reason, and went off the road. The Porche then reentered the road, still out of control, but much slower. At this point, the Porche hit the car while airborn, essentially landing atop the VW, before spinning into the weeds. The car was probably going about 60-80mph when it went off, but probably slowed to about 40mph when it hit. This is just my opinion though.

    That being said, the driver is a douche. You don’t flee the scene you pussy. I mean, come on!

  24. andrew french said on October 31st, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    i think the 130mph figure could be about right…..

    ….only in as much as combined force in a head on collision… i.e.

    50mph—> <—80mph = 130mph…

    some people need to pay attention in physics… a golf and a porshe techart (probably lightened) dont weigh too far apart…