Gumball 3000 Announces New York To Tokyo Rally Route For 2008, Bonus Stopover In North Korea!
'Gumball St. Tropez Reunion Party & 2008 Announcement!'
Thursday, June 7, 2007
It's been a little over a month now since this years Gumball Rally sadly came to an abrupt end in Bratislava following the unfortunate accident. We are continuing to pay our respects to the families involved, and we are in the process of setting up a fund - however, the authorities have asked we that do not promote this fact, especially before they have concluded with the court case, as they fear that it would be incorrect protocol. Following its conclusion we will be emailing you details of how to contribute to this fund if you feel inclined, and we appreciate all the kind offers we have already received.
So, with next year being our "10th Anniversary", one thing is certain, that it will take the Gumball experience to the next level and undoubtedly path the way for the future. We've been working on this one for the past 2 years, and at the end of the month we'll be sending everyone that's ever participated in the Gumball (all 2000 of you) a personal invitation to participate, along with full details.
However, after my traditional 'red herring' of suggested routes following each year's rally, here's what's happening next year:
To celebrate Gumball 3000's 10th Anniversary rally, in 2008 we are embarking upon creating the ultimate rally of the future from New York to Tokyoincorporating a true once in a lifetime check point in North Korea!
The eight-day 3000-mile route will embrace the contrasting cultures of the east
and west, whilst also uniting over 40 nationalities of participants taking part, and
truly benchmarking itself at the forefront of partying, exploring, and the promotion of
eco friendly transportation. 120 of the worlds most amazing vehicles will participate,
and as well as the usual display of stunning supercars, the 2008 Gumball will also
showcase and encourage vehicles pushing the technological boundaries to create an
environmentally friendly and safer future.
Having pro actively supported the use of 'green' fuels for the past 4 years, highlighted by film star Daryl Hannah participating in 2005 using only 100% bio-diesel, and a Peterbilt Truck using only potato oil from San Francisco to Miami in 2003, along with numerous other bio-diesel, electric and hybrids taking part. In 2008 Gumball has made the decision to become completely carbon neutral, and will offset its complete carbon footprint made by the participating supercars and aeroplane transportation, as well as promoting and encouraging the use of as many environmentally friendly futuristic vehicles using fuel cells, hydrogen, batteries and other sustainable technologies.
This will be the ultimate adventure and clashes of culture, following partying in NY, the rally will set off infront of millions driving via Washington DC to race at Daytona and onto Miami. Then after partying on South Beach everyone will then be flown in our Russian cargo planes to North Korea's undiscovered stunning capital, Pyongyang, to watch next years 'Mass Games' inside the insane May Day 'gold plated' 250,000 seater stadium as VIP guests of the North Korean Government. This will be a sight in itself - think 'Team America', but this is real!
Following this years accident, we've had a long and hard think about how to positively amend and adapt the concept of the rally without stifling its unique freedom of spirit, concept and adventurous characteristics, whilst continuing to make it ground breaking in its cultural diversity, as well as keeping its multi national and diverse demographical appeal; and of course doing what we can to make it as safe as possible, exploring numerous ways of setting up precautions that can offer both participants, sponsors and the public confidence that the odds against such an accident happening again are decreased, whilst also trying to assure that the Gumballers and fans can enjoy the individual spirit, eccentricity, glamour, fun and adventure that has
become integral with Gumball over its successful nine year history.
With that in mind, I believe that we have come up with a route and concept that will be both politically, geographically and environmentally ground breaking; and as well as incorporating some of the most nfluential and culturally diverse cities of the world, with shorter drives and even better parties, the event will also be 100% carbon neutral, and a platform for automotive manufacturers to showcase their futuristic environmentally friendly vehicles.
Unfortunately with only 100 limited exclusive places on the grid, its going to be inevitable that many people wont be able to take part - so please inform us as soon as possible if you'd like to, so we can cater to past 'Gumballer alumni' before we let newcomers onto the grid. As you can imagine, this route will appeal to people all over the world that would perhaps have never thought to do a rally previously, as this will be the first time in history that members of all nations will be allowed to visit and party in North Korea!
I hope this has whet your appetite for adventure - and as mentioned more details will follow at the end of this month along with your formal invitation. The date is still tbc - although it's scheduled to take place later than normal in the late summer to coincide with the 'Mass Games' - so put your name down now if you are up for it.
So, with an exciting future and an anniversary to celebrate, we're going to kick things off with a party at the end of this month in St. Tropez on Saturday June 30th. It's a chance to relax and party at the Crystal Beach Club - St. Tropez' newest 'hot spot!'
During the day we'll be laying on food and drinks on the beach, and hosting a prize giving ceremony for this years' Gumballers to receive their awards for participating. All Gumballers are invited - old and new - so come and party and see who wins this years somewhat subdued 'Spirit of the Gumball trophy!' From the beach, the party will continue through the night, at St. Tropez coolest 'VIP' nightclub.
We've arranged our own Gumball Concierge in St Tropez for the weekend, to look after your every need - see below for details. It's a great chance to meet Gumballers old and new and catch up on tales of this years rally - and talk about next years' extravaganza! Please call the HQ and confirm with either myself, Samar, Jonny, Alex or Julie if you are planning to head down there. We really look forward to partying with you away from the stress of the past month.
Cheers to the future!
Founder & CEO
The Gumball 3000 Group
Watch the trailer of the latest Gumball film '3000 Miles' starring MTV's
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miles of pure hell fanfare!"
For St. Tropez Concierge:
Please call Jean Louison +33 680 336716.
As you can imaging all the hotels are very busy, but for last minute options
so we have rooms reserved for you at:
La Romarine ***- http://www.hotel-laromarine.net
villas for 4 guests each, 490€ per night
Hotel Chamerops ***- http://www.villa-chamerops.com
double/twin bedroom, 382€ per night.
Jean Louis will also be able to sort out any other requirements for you have
whilst in St Tropez. On the Sunday there is a selection of things going on,
from The St Tropez International Polo Cup, to just messing around on Super
a final note; on behalf of all Gumballers we would like to give our support ot
theMorley family in this differcult time and wish them a happy out come.