Last year’s rally was canceled due to a car accident involving a Porsche 911 Turbo and a Volkswagen Golf, which led to the untimely death of a passing motorist in Albania. This year’s event should bring back the excitement of the Gumball rally, with an estimated 120 vehicles set to fly aboard three of the world’s largest Antonov Cargo Planes plus a scheduled stop-over in North Korea as part of a global ‘friendship’ initiative.
Participants will once again arrive in a wide array of vehicles to compete in the latest rally. These normally range from Lamborghini's and Ferrari's to the seemingly out of place Volkswagen Kombi Van. Nonetheless, with an entry fee of £60k per car - which includes everything throughout the eight day trek apart from any fines - the event is sure to make everyone turn their heads, especially local police authorities.
Gumball 2008 press release from Max
The dates and route of the "10th Anniversary" Gumball 3000 Rally are officially announced!
The "10th Anniversary" Gumball will take place in August this year starting in San Francisco and finishing 8 days later in China at the Beijing Olympics. Dates of the rally are August 9th-16th.
Being the 10th anniversary this route is nothing short of spectacular, and ground breaking to say the least! Setting off from San Francisco, the route incorporates Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas, with checkpoints each day and VIP parties each night. From Las Vegas all 120 vehicles (low-riders to supercars) will be flown on 3 of the worlds largest Antonov Cargo Planes to Nanjing, China; and all participants will get to experience an unprecedented 1 night in North Korea as part of a global 'friendship' initiative, getting to watch the Mass Games (their version of the Olympics) en route to rejoin their cars in Nanjing. From Nanjing the route heads north to Shanghai and then Xuzhou, before crossing the finish line in Beijing during the Olympic Games.
This is a real "once in a lifetime trip". Entry fee is £60k per car (2 people) and of course includes everything throughout the 8 days, incl. hotels, parties, flying the cars around etc...and tickets to the Olympics.
This one is certain to draw a crowd wherever it goes, and with the cars being displayed in each city, everyone will get to witness the amazing cars and stars first hand throughout the route. If you think you've got what it takes to join the rock stars, film stars and the 'jet set' to participate in this once in a lifetime adventure then contact the Gumball HQ for more information.