Gumball 3000 – From Dublin To Bucharest For Charity
With the Gumball 3000 now over, we’re looking back at the action. It all began in Dublin, Ireland with the Gumball 3000 Foundation’s Charity Grid. The starting order was determined by the amount of money each team donated to the foundation. The teams sourced money from individual donators wanting to see their favorite team secure the pole position.
The charity, started in 2013, benefits disadvantaged youth through educational, recreational, and environmental-focused projects all across the world. The Gumball 3000 Foundation distributed the donations between Tony Hawk Foundation, When You Wish Upon A Star, The Sir Simon Milton Foundation, The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund U.K., and The Westway Trust and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
After leaving Dublin, the Gumballers left for Bucharest with stops along the way in Edinburgh, London, Europa Park, Prague, and Budapest. The event wrapped up Saturday, May 7 with the Supercars and Superstars Parade.
Be sure to check out all the photos of this year’s Gumball 3000’s starting grid in the gallery above.
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My hotel room overlooked the Staples Center, where our grid of cars was awaiting our arrival. I could just see the AnastasiaDate and AsianDate cars 20 stories below me. This morning I could peek out and see the swarm of Gumball personnel attempting to get everything ready for the final drive. I too readied myself for the day. We would be taking the long way to Las Vegas by traveling through Death Valley. The location had long been on my bucket list of locations to visit, and now I was to be given the chance. Sadly I was scheduled merely as a passenger this trip. Despite a deep and primeval desire to push that yellow Camaro through the empty valley, I was told I would merely have to ride along this time. But then I happened to be the beneficiary of fortuitous timing.
Continue reading to learn more about Day 6 of the 2015 Gumball 3000 Rally.
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.
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After the beating that Team AnastasiaDate.com and Team AsianDate.com took coming through Germany with the death of the Red Camaro, everyone was excited about our hopefully easy day. All we had on the schedule was a flight to Reno and then a short drive to San Francisco. In actuality, we were headed straight into the longest, toughest and most exhausting day of the entire rally.
Continue reading to learn more about Day 4 of the 2015 Gumball 3000 Rally.
The morning after the Copenhagen party was rough for most people. We were heading to Amsterdam, and we had a ferry crossing scheduled, so this was the earliest morning of the trip so far. With a meet-up time of 7a.m. and a scheduled departure of approximately 7:15, we were getting into our cars closer to 8 a.m. Things are going great this morning. It was the first small problem in what would turn into a day full of delays, problems, small explosions and a tale of kidnapping for Team AnastasiaDate.com and Team AsianDate.com.
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Jet lag is the worst. Despite being nearly 1 a.m. when I took my early leave from the rest of the Anastasia Date and Asian Date teams, I was up and wide awake at 0530; hours before we were scheduled to meet up in the lobby to start our day. I decided to take some time to wander around, just as I did in Stockholm. Again, just like Stockholm, the city seemed abandoned, the only sound being that of the various fountains and chirping birds. It turned out that I would need this moment of serenity, as the day would be filled with more chaos.
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The Gumball 3000 entry list usually consists of wealthy exotic car owners with more money than driving skill, but there are always a few exceptions to the rule. One is our very own Christian Moe, who participated in this year’s Gumball, and to our knowledge, is not a billionaire. Another is two-time and current defending Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who joined the 2015 Gumball to drive a Koenigsegg Agera S in the final stage.
Friend and software mogul David Heinemeier Hansson invited Hamilton to join him from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. The route took the rally through Death Valley, where temperatures hit over 105 degrees, which isn’t so bad when you’re behind the wheel of a Swedish hypercar with a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V-8 producing 1,030 horsepower and 812 pound-feet of torque. It also doesn’t hurt knowing you have an ice-cold adult beverage waiting for you at the finish line in Vegas.
The party last night was brutal. Some of my colleagues didn’t get back into their rooms until 5 a.m., and while sitting at breakfast, more than one of them complained of being still drunk from the previous night’s debauchery. We would load up the cars and start our journey in just a few hours. They had better sober up quickly, because Gumball waits for no one. Oslo awaited the arrival of Team AnastasiaDate and Team AsianDate, and I certainly didn’t want to keep the beautiful city waiting.
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Day 0 at Gumball 3000 is one of the busiest, most hectic and most exciting days of the entire rally. All of the cars finish arriving, the last of the vinyl sponsor wraps goes on, driver registration happens, the swag room is open, and all of the seemingly millions of small last-minute things compound into one large problem that needs fixing. With one of our journalists missing and communication systems failing, among other issues, our trip didn’t start out smoothly.
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Today is the big day, folks. I am in Stockholm and the 2015 Gumball 3000 Rally is kicking off tomorrow. We will be updating the site with new posts, photos and videos as much as we can, but I know that some of you just don’t want to wait for us to publish new articles. If you love social media, or you just want to keep up with what is happening in real time, there are several ways you can follow my trip.
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Covering a trip like the Gumball 3000 can be a difficult task for just one person, and it requires the right set of equipment to get it done. You have to have equipment that is compact (There is very limited room in the AnastasiaDate cars), but powerful enough to do the kind of quality work that you guys deserve. In our lead up to Gumball, I thought it would be fun to take a quick look at what equipment I am using to make sure that you guys get the best coverage of this amazing event that I can manage. From the various cameras, to my powerhouse laptop, and all the random pieces in between, let’s dive into my bag.
Read on to learn more about the gear I am using to cover Gumball 3000 2015
Just in case you missed it, TopSpeed.com has been invited back to take part in the Gumball 3000 rally again this year. While last year saw Team AnasatasiaDate roll around in a Lamborghini, this year the team is kicking it old-school with some American Muscle. We have two modified and restored 1969 Camaro Z/28s to run around the world in.
Before the rally kicks off, lets stop and take a closer look at the two cars that we will be driving in this year’s rally. With almost 1,000 horsepower between them, these two beasts will demand just as much attention as any Lamborghini ever would.
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This video is a little over an hour long, so it’s going to take a while to finish it. But if you’re a fan of supercar parades, specifically the Gumball 3000 Rally, this is the one time when you cancel your plans, grab a popcorn bowl and sit in front of your computer screen for the next 60-plus months.
The whole thing comes courtesy of car spotter extraordinaire, Shmee150, who actually participated in the rally with his trusty Audi R8 V10 Spyder.
As is always the case during the Gumball 3000, local law authorities make multiple cameos in the video. But in the end, it’s 72 minutes worth of your time, full of the world’s finest exotics doing their best to enjoy the thrills of being with their contemporaries for an extended period of time.
It sure looks like all those who participated in the event had loads of fun all around.
The 2013 Gumball 3000 rally was officially launched on Sunday 19th May, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. when a total of 100 cars started the 3,000-mile road trip to Monte Carlo. The journey began in Copenhagen, Denmark and crossed a total of 11 European countries all the way to Monte Carlo, Monaco.
In the third day of the rally, Gumballers were supposed to go from Saint Petersburg, Russia to Tallinn, Estonia. The only problem was that all the cars were stuck waiting at the border between the two countries, as border control processed each car. It took about 5 hours to get through the border and they arrived in Tallinn just in time for lunch in the Old Town Square!
While we do feel sorry for the poor drivers and the organizers of the Gumball 3000, however we can’t help but pass on the video that was posted by Youtube user, Shmee150, showing the cars lined up at the border control, during their wait to enter Estonia. At least we get a good look at a ton of premium models that ran the rally this year.
If you are in the business of checking out world debuts, you go to auto shows; if you want to see what the latest in the aftermarket scene you, you go to tuning show.
But if you want to see some of the most fancily dressed supercars, you check out the Gumball 3000 Rally. Every year, this event features some of the finest supercars on the planet. But more than just the exotics themselves, the supercars that participate at the Gumball 3000 Rally come in all shapes and colors.
Take this Ferrari 599 GTO for example. This is brought to you by Team 50 and as clearly evident from the paint, it’s been dressed in colorful band of colors with matte black occupying the bottom part of the car with some touches of gold on the stickers.
The upper part appears to be a digitized blue camouflage with a French flag on the hood, the British Union Jack on the roof, and a small Swiss flag on the side deck lid.
We don’t know what the deal is with those flags, but overall, this 599 GTO looks absolutely amazing. Then again, “amazing” is par for the course at the Gumball 3000 Rally.
Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari 599 GTO and watch a video of the Team 50 599 GTO courtesy of Shmee 150.
The Gumball 3000 Rally is an event that brings some pretty interesting project cars out of the woodwork. This year, we’re already seeing a whole lot of them with the latest one coming from Nissan and French publishing house L’Ecurie and INTERSECTION Magazine.
The two will actually be part of the pan-European parade and for this trip, they decided to deck out a unique Nissan 370Z Nismo. In what could very well be an attempt to showcase the 370Z Nismo on the streets of Europe, the Japanese automaker and the French publication house entered the 370Z Nismo as "Car 56" for the parade as an ode to the garage number (56) the Nissan DeltaWing occupied at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
As far as aesthetics go, INTERSECTION Magazine gave it a pretty unique camouflage livery that it designed specifically for the event. That livery and all the added goodies Nismo added to the Z ensures that this special-edition model is different from the rest of the 370Zs out there.
Best watch out for this unique iteration of the Japanese sports car at the 2013 Gumball 3000 rally. It will be piloted by INTERSECTION Magazine contributors Patrice Meignan and Jeremy ‘Jey’ Taltaud.
Click past the jump to read about the Nissan 370Z Nismo
In the past few years, Jon Olsson shown quite a passion for customizing special Ultima GTR supercars for the Gumball 3000 international road rally. For those of you who do not know, Gumball is an annual 120-car deep, 3,000-mile road rally that takes place on public roads with a different route each year. Last year’s Gumball took place in the U.S., so this year it is Europe’s turn.
Jon Olsson is one of the guys always present for the rally. For example, in 2011 he developed a special Ultima GTR in collaboration with ADV.1 wheels. For the 2013 rally, his sponsor is Rebellion Racing Team, which is where the name of the car comes from, obviously.
According to the first details, the new Rebellion is a prototype-like conversion, featuring Audi-inspired headlights and Veneno / LMP1 + rear fins and tons of sponsor stickers.
UPDATE 05/15/13: More photos of Jon Olsson’s Rebellion R2K race car have been released. Do yourself a favor and check out the gallery. It’s all worth it.
Click past the jump to read more about Olsson’s previous Gumball car.
After having been involved in the Gumball 3000 rally for the past years, Team Galag is set to return for their third round this year, except that instead of bringing their respective cars for the 3,000-mile drive, they’ve decided to build their cars.
Not one, but two of them.
One of the cars Team Galag is trying to create before Gumball 3000 starts in the end of May is a one-off concept supercar called the TG1. Yeah, you read that right. These guys are building a one-off concept supercar that they’ll use for a race. Not lacking in resources, are we Team Galag?
So far, the only known details Team Galag has released is that they’re project will be a joint collaboration with the fellas over at SyFy Channel’s Parker Brothers Concepts. On top that, Team Galag promises that the TG1 will be a bespoke build that will carry a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged 24-valve V-6 engine, tuned and re-tuned to produce an output of 750 horsepower with a top speed in excess of 200 mph.
No official numbers have been released yet, but the team is expecting the TG1 to run 0-to-60 mph in 2.68 seconds and 0-to-100 mph in 5.65 seconds.
Rest assured, we’ll have more details about the TG1 when Team Galag officially unveils this one-off concept supercar.
The Gumball 3000 is back for its 13th rendition in 2012 and it guarantees to be just as wild and crazy as it has always been. The 2012 Gumball 3000, for those that do not know, is a roughly 3,000-mile rally that begins in New York, heads into Canada, and eventually ends up in Los Angeles, all while hitting five check points between New York and L.A.
At each checkpoint, the entire group gets together and throws one massive party with the key party coming at the very end in L.A. Though the Gumball 3000 is touted as a race, it is more of a leisurely drive that features a wide array of celebrities and all types of awesome cars, from the downright powerful and sexy to the economical and environmentally friendly.
This year’s Gumball 3000 is set to kickoff on Friday at noon and is in no way lacking celebrity appearances and tons of flashy rides.
Click past the jump to read more about the Gumball 3000, as well as the cars and celebrities making appearances.