It was only my second day of the Gumball 3000 festivities, but this was the first official day of the Rally. There is an entire collection of famous faces, blistering-fast cars and hundreds of miles for us to traverse.
As the morning started, we lined our car up on the starting grid with hundreds of other machines to get ready for the start of the Rally. Xzibit has been a large presence in the Gumball 3000 for many years now. He did not drivie in this year’s event, so he was asked to see every car off the line by waving the official Gumball flag to start the rally.
Other famous faces at the start line included Richard Rawlings from Gas Monkey Garage , and of course Deadmau5 is here in his “Purrari” 458 Spyder with Tori Belleci of the MythBusters as his co-driver.
Read on to find out more about my second day on the Gumball 3000 Rally
First order of the day for the Rally was the breakfast and the driver’s meeting. We all congregate in the bottom of the W Hotel to stuff our faces with food and get our instructions from Mr. Gumball himself, Maximillian Cooper. As you can see from this panorama, the room was packed to the gills. Max gave a great talk, and while most of us were awake to listen, a few members of the crowd appeared to have a rough night.
After the briefing we headed to the starting grid where I got my best look yet at some of these cars. One team even entered in a Ferrari F40 . It was glorious in every way. All the cars lined up on the grid, and one by one, Xzibit wished them safe travels and waved them through the start line with his massive Gumball flag. The streets were completely packed with thousands of car fans hoping to get a glimpse of things like the McLaren P1 or the incredibly valuable Daytona Coupe.
Once we left, the chaos settled down and we waited in Miami for a bit as we had to get a new gas cap for the Lambo. The man in charge of filling it up the night before misplaced it. If anyone in the South Beach Area found a solid metal Lamborghini gas cap, send me an email. With the mess sorted, we settled in for the long haul. It would be several hours of highway cruising and pit stops for driver rotations before we reached our overnight stop in Atlanta. At least we all had fun when we got a chance to ride shotgun in the Gallardo.
The day was slow-going, but I had fair company trapped in the rolling metal box with me to make the day more enjoyable. As the sun was setting, we made one more stop before Atlanta to take some pictures and look back on the day. The journey itself was far less exciting than I had hoped, but I was making friends and talking cars. It seems to me like that could be the heart of the Gumball 3000.