Get Ready for the Gumball Rallies

2011 Gumball 3000
The first big rally this year is the Gumball 3000. This race doesn’t simply run from one end of a continent to the other, it often covers multiple continents. This year’s race goes from London to Istanbul in 7 days…
…via Paris…Barcelona…Cannes Film Festival…The Monaco Grand Prix…Venice…Belgrade…Sofia and finally – Istanbul – incorporating the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix.

More than 300 participants in 120 cars will leave London on May 26, and, hopefully, will arrive in Istanbul on June 1st.

In the past there have been accidents that have cost lives and destroyed quite a few cars. Expectations to cover hundreds of miles in too few hours, too much partying and not enough sleep and you have the perfect storm for a possible disaster. Speeding tickets have become status symbols.

Aston Martins, Ferraris, Lamborghinis,  as well as American muscle cars compete in the grueling race that attracts everyone from rock stars to royalty. Btw, The entry fee for this year’s event is £25,000 or $40,505 US.
The Rat Race
Cannonball World Run 2011
This is the race I’ve always wanted to enter. Instead of racing for some silly trophy, there is a suitcase full of cash at the end!

Since I’ve driven cross-country so many times I have a pretty good lay of the land – as they say. I’ve managed to talk my way out of many speeding tickets, some I’ve gotten within 30 minutes of each other.

Anyway, drivers will meet in Central Park in New York on Saturday, September 3, 2011. They’ll be handed ‘Mission Packs’ along with a key. The key will be needed to open a hidden locker somewhere on the West Coast. The pack will also contain clues to specific routes and check points across the country.

According to a news release:
Their task is to crack the code given out at each morning’s check point and collect the five numeric codes which will then match up to a zip code. The sixth clue will release the actual address of that zip code and where the hidden locker holding the cash prize actually is.

The trick is, don’t get arrested by the cops, don’t speed, don’t get lost, don’t upset the local inhabitants and amidst all of this, beat off the competition to reach the cash first.

They’ll also need to survive a barrage of infamous full on Cannonball parties. A challenge in itself. Each night will see the ‘Cannonball Cash Seekers’ stay at a luxury hotel where the legendary cannonball parties take place. This ain’t no picnic time. The food is delicious, and the accommodation is gorgeous. It’s all about reaching out with your ability to ‘get down and wild’ with the other competitors. It’s all about having fun, letting off steam and bonding. And there is also a gut- churning track day to be enjoyed at one of America’s premier race tracks.

The 7 day race begins Saturday, September 3 in New York and ends in California on Friday, September 9, 2011 The entry fee is $8995 US.

Rumor has it that George Clooney and Guy Ritchie are doing a remake of the 1981 Burt Reynolds film, Cannonball Run. Will George and Guy show up during the race? Will they be IN the race? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

In the meantime, enjoy Queen – Another One Bites the Dust: