Road rallies

Road rallies

  Road rallies are long distance race on open roads usually at unsafe and illegal speed in expensive and exotic cars. The latest most famous one is the Gumball Rally.

Posted on by Terence

Imagine an endurance race that lasts for over a week and covers more than 3000 miles. In the spirit of the original Cannonball Run and more recent Gumball Rally America’s largest rubber donut distributor will be sponsoring the 2009 Tire Rack One Lap of America. When it all begins today, May 1st, Derek Whitis’ Freedom Autosport team with veteran Grand Am Rolex driver Tom Long behind the wheel, will be competing in a heavily modified Nissan R35 GT-R .

The Japanese supercar has been tuned by Tym Switzer’s Ohio-based tuning house, Switzer Performance, to deliver more than 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. The power comes thanks to Switzer’s P800 performance package, the next step up from their P700 power package. The race begins at the Tire Rack factory in South Bend, Indiana and wraps up 8 days and 3200 mile later, back where it all began.

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This year’s Gumball 3000 starts in San Francisco and ends in Beijing in time to watch some the Summer Olympic Games. For those of you who don’t know the Gumball is a rally/tour where participants take their performance cars on 3000 mile run on public road, while the drivers “party” along the way. Although it looks like an excuse for the ultra-rich to flaunt their supercars (and it mostly is,) it also gives the rest of us a chance to see some great cars actually clock some real miles. Enjoy this latest clip from the San Diego part of the run that includes some great supercars and two of the three Dahm triplets from Playboy.

The Gumball 3000 is the in its tenth year. It was started in the spirit of the “Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash”, better know as the “Cannonball Run”. The four actual Cannonball Runs in the 70s inspired the two movies of the same name in the 80s. Brock Yates, the founder of the Cannonball Run races and writer of the original movie, lists the movie “The Gumball Rally” as one of the bastard children of his race. It’s likely that this is where the Gumball 3000’s name comes from.

Do yourself a favor and track down a copy of “The Gumball Rally”. It features some great classics including an original Shelby Cobra and Ferrari Daytona. The movie is a must-see for any car nut, plus it features a pre-crazy Gary Busey.

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One day after the deadly accident on Macedonian roads, Gumball 3000 announced the cancellation of this years rally. After the fatal accident on Macedonian roads yesterday afternoon Gumball 3000 tried to keep it quiet as much as possible, they kept the families of Marga and Vladimir, locals, fans, drivers and sponsors completely in the dark, it took massive negative publicity in the worldwide media for them to realise the coverup failed and there was nothing else left then to cancel the (...)
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Adidas has released some special edition Gumball Rally themed driving shoes which will be sure to gather you attention when you are not near your car. While driving the soles will provide These special edition shoes can be had in three different colors and retail for about $ 85 dollars.

Bugatti Veyron has entered the 2007 Gumball rally and is probable one of the most expensive car in this rally ever. It is being equipped with Laser Pro Park, a system that is basicly a parking aid with a twist. Other than helping you park the over a million dollar Bugatti Veyron Bugatti Veyron in small parking spots it somehow makes it impossible for laserguns to get a reading. This means you can drive the Bugatti at speeds it’s made for without having to worry about a big fine from a cop with a (...)
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The mini one night version of Candy Run will follow up to 100 Supercars through the Streets and Tunnels of London. Along the route will be 20 Candy Girls hitching for rides. The Candy Tunnel Run will finish at a famous London Gentlemen’s Club where there is secure parking and FREE entry into the Club. Inside we are placing £1000 in cash into a locked safe and one lucky person will win this £1’000. The Candy Tunnel Runners who have private dances with the club’s girls will be given a Candy (...)
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There’s a lot happening! The Bullrun TV show airs very, very soon on Spike TV in the USA - look out for the press campaign! Buses, subways, billboards at Sunset and Olive in LA and 7th Ave & 24th St in NY. Of course, don’t forget we have the small matter of the Bullrun rally coming to a city near you very soon... 10 weeks and counting! Montreal to Key West, May 11th to May 18th... you know the drill... The reality TV challenge version of Bullrun on Spike TV airs in 2 weeks. Based on (...)

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