Ultimate Roadtrip: 2008 Gumball 3000
We can think of lots of things we'd do if we were recklessly rich and full of bravado like wear a pale blue tuxedo to lunch and demand soup spoon fed to us by those three blondes that Hugh Heffner keeps locked up in his little pad. When you are as rich as Hugh and other international celebrities, the Gumball 3000 is the ultimate rally that spans continents and seven nights of jet-set adrenaline-fueled partying.
The rally began when Londoner and fashion student Maximillian Cooper got together his fancy friends for a Canonball Run-style rally across Europe. Now a major world event, the rally is officially recognized in each of its stops where roads are closed down for the parade of vehicles, ranging from Lambos to Winnebagos, cruising through the streets flaunting their exceptional drivers.
The rally is known for celebs like Adrien Brody, Travis Barker and even Donna Karan, mixing it up with the anonymously well-to-do, jaunting across countries and partying five-star every night.
But, of course, the race is not without controversy. In between cities some of the faster cars have gotten in some trouble with local highway patrols. (One vehicle, a Koenigsegg supercar, was ticketed in Texas en route to Miami for going 242 mph.)
The rally begins in San Francisco on August 9 and ends in Beijing eight days later to add some international spirit to the Olympics. Many of the racers are known for pushing the limits with their hot cars, which should go over exceptionally well in China. Or, more likely, will go over to a Beijing prison.
· Gumball 3000 [Official Site]
· Your Very Own Cannonball Run [Jaunted]
[Photo: Gumball 3000]