After surviving the lengthy swim in the alcohol ocean that was Gumball Air and the treacherous desert drive down the mountains into San Francisco, I was excited to enjoy the cool and wet air of the Frisco Bay to start my morning. Today was another decent day for Team AnastasiaDate and Team AsianDate, with two short legs on the way to Los Angeles, separated by a stop at Button Willow racetrack, a slab of tarmac I have always been interested in visiting. This turned out to be one of my favorite days of the entire trip.

Continue reading to learn more about Day 5 of the 2015 Gumball 3000 Rally.

Gumball 3000 Day 5: Los Angeles and Vipers in the Desert High Resolution Exterior
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While most of the Gumball parade would be winding its way down the Pacific Coast Highway, our piece of the caravan decided to take the short way, down I-5, in order to reach the lunch location as quickly as possible. You see, awaiting us at Button Willow was Dodge, complete with a small army of new 2015 Dodge Vipers and 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcats that would be flogged with fury on the Button Willow circuit.

Awaiting us at Button Willow was Dodge, complete with a small army of new 2015 Dodge Vipers and 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcats that would be flogged with fury on the Button Willow circuit.

We raced to the checkpoint and were only beaten by one Gumballer. That’s right, a support car ended up being second to the checkpoint. It was a beautifully satisfying slap in the face to the various supercars that would be trailing in behind us. Once we made it there, I spent several hours on the track. The only problem with the track event was that it was a lead-follow session with only two laps at a time. Considering the sheer size of the Gumball rally and the number of people that wanted to take a few laps around the track, I understand the reasoning behind this madness, but it was less than ideal.

That said, there was no rule to how many times you could plant your ass at the end of the line, and after less than an hour most people had made their small trip and moved on to get food. I skipped food and stood in the California sun for another pair of laps. After all was said and done I had managed more than 40 laps. It may have just been lead-follow, but I was enjoying myself so much that I had to literally be pulled from the car by a teammate so that our car could leave to finish the trip to LA.

Gumball 3000 Day 5: Los Angeles and Vipers in the Desert High Resolution Exterior
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Gumball 3000 Day 5: Los Angeles and Vipers in the Desert High Resolution Exterior
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Gumball 3000 Day 5: Los Angeles and Vipers in the Desert Exterior Models Female
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The rest of the journey was uneventful. With the realization that the trip would soon be over, my car was a mix of quiet contemplation and fond recollection of what had transpired over the previous week. We arrived in LA before just as the sun was reaching low to the horizon.

We made our way to the grid and huddled around our Camaro for various press groups, answering questions and posing for photos. The night would be another early one for me as I left dinner and headed to my room. The next morning would be the start of our final day of driving. The culmination of this epic journey of 3,000 miles. I wanted to be rested and prepared for the ride through Death Valley. I didn’t want to miss a single second of our ride.

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