This year's Gumball 3000 rally leaves on Sunday from Copenhagen and takes the drivers straight to the Koenigsegg factories in Angelholm, Sweden, before boarding a ferry to Finland. They've dubbed the first day "the best car display in the world" and they're not far off as this year features a host of prototypes.
I've been to about a handful of Gumball events in the past several years including Monaco, Paris, Toronto, and I've never seen anything like it. The only similarity to years past I guess is the fact that the rally will end in Monaco for the Grand Prix. People who drove Lamborghinis last year are driving one-offs, people who drove Veyrons are now driving Koenigseggs. Insanity.
One funny development so far, is that apparently Jon Olsson's Rebellion doesn't have a fan, AC or roll-down windows. This means him and his girlfriend personally boiled over while driving to the start grid. They ended up drilling a few holes in the windows to deal with this rather significant inconvenience.
For those of you who are interested, the best coverage of this year's race will likely be over athttp://gumball.betsafe.com since they have several cars in the running (Camaro, 997 Turbo, Rebellion) and are known for their quick turnaround videos of funny shenanigans and their photography.
Talking about funny business, here is IMHO the all-time craziest video of Gumball 3000:
Say what you want, but I'm jelly I'm not there. This year's Gumball 3000 rally has a massive range of interesting cars on register. Here are some worth keeping tabs on:
Team Galag's Tumbler, since it will a) break down in dramatic fashion, b) will be seized ASAP vis-a-vis not being regarded as road legal, or c) abandoned by the side of the road because it's a POS to drive.
Team Galag's less talked about car, the TG1. Similar to the Tumbler, this one's also a prototype/one-off and depending on the quality of the donor car, it will either be abandoned or not any fun.
The Canadian modified F12 (1 of 2 in the rally). Because entering Maranello's fastest, newest, most powerful stallion wasn't enough. No, it needed tuning, lowering, and a new set of wheels.
By my calculations there are 5 Aventadors in this year's rally. No signs of the world's most stereotypical Lambo owner yet. There's also a Countach enrolled, an LP670-4 SuperVeloce, and a host of other LP640s and Gallardos.
Morgans. More specifically, three of them. One three wheeler, one Aeromax owned by the rally host, Maximillion Cooper (pictured above), and an Aero 8. They must be quite reliable since this is Max's third or fourth time in a Morgan, leaving behind his 3-time participant Jaguar XJ220S (each time in a slightly crazier wrap).
Fezza GTO. If I'm not mistaken, this one is owned by a distinguished older British chap who told me two years ago that it was his first Ferrari! If the license plate spells something along the lines of "Yellow" than I'm correct. If you see this car in person, ask for a blip of the throttle! There's another GTO in the rally that's black and red.
Audi R8 V10 Plus. I'm a huge fan of the R8 lineup and I can't imagine the newest most powerful one to be anything but the perfect Gumball attack machine. Love the livery and the R8 GT circular pipes.
C63 AMG Black w/o the wing, which tells us the owner has taste. He's also Italian, and has it out for all Fezzas on the rally. In fact, he's explicitly stated that he's going to challenge all the Ferraris.
Other noteworthy cars:
3 Land Rover Defenders (90 and 110), 2 of them tuned by TWISTED.
A Ferrari Testarossa owned by some Northern Europeans
A Jaguar F-Type (promotional, I think)
A Dartz Armoured Military Vehicle from England
Koenigsegg CCXR driven by Norwegians (fingers are crossed for this team as about 10 years ago a Koenigsegg entered the Gumball with disastrous consequences).
That's it for now. Stay tuned for the next Gumball blog in a few days!