Gumball + 170 MPH = Jail!

It didn’t take long for a few of this years Gumball 3000 competitors to get into a little more trouble than they bargained for. The benefit that most competitors have is that they are foreigners, and having their license suspended in a foreign land is no big deal, and if they have the money to participate in the rally a few thousand dollars worth of speeding tickets probably won’t affect them too much. However, it has been reported that a few of the drivers pacing themselves at ridiculous speeds, like 170 MPH, have been getting a little more than a slap on the wrist. A handful of the speeders have won themselves a set of matching bracelets, and have ended up behind bars. Unfortunately for the owner of the Veyeron being loaded onto the back of a flat bed tow truck, he won’t be seeing his prized Bugatti anytime in the near future.

Check out the video of BMX rider and Monster Energy representative Rick Thorne sharing his take on what went down.

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  (289) posted on 05.8.2009

FYI guys, Gumball 3000 was founded in 1999 by Maximillion Cooper. Cooper invited 55 of his wealthiest friends to take part in a 6 day 3000 mile drive around Europe, partying every night. The event started off with a wild party with some of London’s A-list including Kate Moss, Guy Ritchie, Billy Zane, Chris Eubank and Dannii Minogue. So you maybe asking what is Veyrone doing there? Of course is where the wealthiest do their race while spending, partying, getting chased and later jailed.

  (318) posted on 05.8.2009

It’s not new after all. In fact in 2007 the Gumball 3000 was canceled after a car participating in the rally was involved in a fatal collision with a non-participating vehicle. Although the organizers are careful to emphasize that it is a rally and not a race,it is sometimes referred to as a streetrace.

  (421) posted on 05.8.2009

That’s sad for the Bugatti owner, but when you are up this kind of extreme sporting experience, I think getting jailed is just part of it, besides, running the chase is the most exciting part that these drivers may have been anticipating in this kind of sports.

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