2013 Gumball 3000 Recap.

That's it! This year's Gumball Rally is officially over and out. After 3000 miles, 3000 smiles, 3 major crashes, numerous breakdowns, nightly parties, hundreds of tickets and even a few visits to jail,  the 150 exotic cars made it to beautiful sunny Monaco.
The drivers saw tons of unexpected rain throughout Northern Europe from the start in Copenhagen, up to Stockholm and until they boarded the ferry to Helsinki, Finland. From there it didn't get much better as they were continuously held up at border crossings surrounding Russia in an attempt to reach St. Petersburg by using short term visas. Needless to say, there were some long holdups.
After a spectacular night in St. Petersburg, the pack received a once in a lifetime high speed police escort towards Riga in Latvia. The next day the Gumball moved down to Poland, where in Warsaw they ran in to what must have been the craziest crowds at an overnight checkpoint ever. One source claimed that there were 40,000 people waiting at the arrival!!! The second to last stop was Vienna in Austria where eventually the Gumballers got stuck in a flash snowstorm on route to the South of France and finally, Monaco.
This year marked the 15th anniversary of the Gumball 3000, which meant the cars were extra special. From Team Galag's TG1 and Tumblr protoypes to the two Koenigseggs, and from Jon Olsson's one-off race-ready Rebellion to the SLS Stirling Moss, move over Goodwood Festival of Speed, this may have been the world's greatest moving car show.
Other cars that deserve mentioning are Team Betsafe's highly modified Porsche 997 Turbo RS, the Jaguar F-Type S, the brutal 997 Porsche GT2, the two Lamborghini Aventadors modified by Oakley Design, the brand new Aston Martin Vanquish, and the three, yes three, brand-new Ferrari F12s!!! Excited? WATCH THIS.

In the video above we get to spend some quality time inside Tim Burton's Audi R8 V10 with Quicksilver exhaust. He mostly hangs around Josh Cartu's Ferrari F12 and his brother's Novitec Ferrari 458 Italia. Pay close attention at the 1:04 mark when the 458 goes for a high speed flyby that manages to crank the level of aural stimulation to 11. However, some of the best driving came from the French team #40's GT-R who comfortably ticked off 250 km/h. Have a watch.
Unfortunately, it wasn't all just fun and games. A Lamborghini LP670-4 SV, a Porsche 997 Turbo 9ff, and a (borrowed) Betsafe Ferrari 458 all got totalled throughout the course of the rally. In addition, a Ferrari bent a wheel, a Bentley Flying Spur (Xzibit's) and an Audi R8 V10 Plus lost paint on their wheels, the famous tuned Fiat 500 Abarth broke their gearbox, the Tumblr's battery kept dying, the Ferrari 599 GTO broke down, and many others faced exhaust, gearbox, and tire problems along the way. Here are the most notable pictures that capture some of the chaos and carnage.
Although the accidents look awful, no one was seriously injured. It's safe to say that the cause of the accidents were slippery roads and heavy right feet, which caused the cars to spin off without (luckily) taking anyone else with them to the supercar cemetery.
The coveted 'Spirit of the Gumball' award went to Team Galag with their TG1 and Tumbler. 
The rally came to a close during the Monaco F1 Grand Prix weekend at the Hairpin Fairmont.
A Koenigsegg in St. Petersburg. A place I wouldn't mind visiting and a car I wouldn't mind owning.