“London, May 26th to Istanbul, 1st June 2011”
Ape to Gentleman feel it is our duty to make you aware of extraordinary, and the Gumball 3000 Rally most certainly falls into that category.
Stars will converge to take their place on the grid, as well as Gumball Alumni greats such as Xzibit, Tony Hawk and David “The Hoff” Hasselhoff.
Gumball 3000 always has an ‘eclectic’ selection of super cars and 2011 will be no exception, showcasing everything from Zonda’s, Aston Martin One – 77’s and Veyron Pur Sangs, to Phantoms, Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, Rolls Royce’s and Bentley’s to Low Riders, American muscle cars and Tesla’s, to Charles Morgan in his Morgan 3 wheeler. Quite. With event sponsors such as lifestyle sportswear brand Puma providing “Gumball 3000 Edition” driving shoes, Nixon creating unique timepieces, Incipio providing the technical survival kit for modern living and Betsafe.com creating the excitement of gambling. This eight day road trip is destined to live up to all expectations of being the most extravagant, adrenaline fuelled adventure of a lifetime.
The rally begins in earnest on the evening of 25th May, with a VIP launch party in Central London, with exclusive performances by a line up of international guest musicians and DJs. The following day, Thursday 26th May, get yourself ready for a “free” day of Gumball entertainment. Over 120 amazing Super cars will be on display along with around 25 EcoVehicles, showcasing the recent green technological leap into the future that is spreading across the world. This is the biggest step to place next year’s rally at the forefront of automotive rallying and plans have evolved for Gumball to curate an exhibition of Eco and Futuristic cars en route. The exhibition will incorporate cutting edge automotive design, fashion and education, with famous artists and car manufacturers involved. The display will then tour key cities over the following 4 months after the rally, to demonstrate that Eco vehicles can be cool whilst retaining that ‘excitability’ required among motor enthusiasts.
At 3pm the 120 super, muscle, import and luxury cars will set off and head off on a 3000 mile journey incorporating fabulous parties and stopovers in Europe’s famed destinations. From London the tour heads to Paris for the second Gumball Eco Vehicle exhibition, then onto the emotive Barcelona seafront, followed by a whole weekend enjoying the Monaco Grand Prix from the best viewpoint in town, the infamous hairpin bend. From Monte Carlo all 120 vehicles and participants will wind into the breath-taking hills of Italy and continue their journey into picturesque Venice, continuing on to Zagreb, Croatia in Eastern Europe and stopping over in Belgrade to experience Serbian style celebrations before heading via Sofia to the delightful Turkey and its mighty Istanbul, where they will cross the finish line on the evening Wednesday 1st June, culminating in a huge closing party on the banks of the Bosphorus.
London to Istanbul, 8 days, 8 countries, driving 3000 miles, an adventure of a lifetime. With key check-points and parties on route in London, Paris, Barcelona, Monaco, Venice, Belgrade, Sofia and finally the mighty Istanbul.
Gumball 3000 will be registering all drivers on the 25th of May in London and leaving on the 26th, arriving in Istanbul on the 1st June. Entertainment of this calibre doesn’t come cheap gentlemen (and neither should it) as such the fee is £25,000 per car (two people). The fee includes hotels each night, food, parties and checkpoints on route.
History of the Gumball Rally
The first Gumball 3000 took place in April 1999, when founder Maximillion Cooper invited 50 friends to take part in a 3000 mile party around Europe to bring together the music, film, fashion and sport industries. Thirteen years later, and things have certainly grown, with crowds of over a million people attending the rally last time in Europe, a televised and online audience that reached over 60 million in over 100 countries & over 100,000 fans on Facebook daily following the rally’s progress round the world.
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