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bit-tech goes Gumballing - again!

bit-tech goes Gumballing - again!

3000 miles, 120 cars, 17 countries, eight days, two continents = 1 awesome adventure! It can only be Gumball!

Yesterday marked that time of year again, and CoPilot kindly invited us along to London's Pall Mall to see the start of this year's Gumball 3000 Rally.

The cars this year will be travelling from London to Istanbul and back in just eight days. They'll be traveling through 17 different countries along their way including two different continents.

Of course, the Gumball wouldn't be without its celebrity drivers and the line up this year included Pimp My Ride's Xzibit, Jamiroquai's Jay Kay, Star Wars' Hayden Christensen, The Business' Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan to name just a few.

ALK Technologies are again a headline sponsor and kitted out the cars with their CoPilot GPS software which is handily loaded with the route, and we assume, the location of speed cameras along the way. You can track the progress of the rally over at ALK's TrackTheGumball.com.

As usual, tell us what you think over in the forums... but before that, enjoy just some of the eye candy that we managed to shoot for you.

UPDATE: It seems that Xzibit has already had his driving license confiscated for speeding!





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rupbert 1st May 2007, 00:05 Quote
Some of those cars are sick!
Swafeman 1st May 2007, 00:07 Quote
Better get them some medicine then
yodasarmpit 1st May 2007, 00:07 Quote
Awesome.
The_Beast 1st May 2007, 00:09 Quote
that is all i have to say about that
rupbert 1st May 2007, 00:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Swafeman
Better get them some medicine then

:)
oasked 1st May 2007, 00:16 Quote
You need to get invited to actually DO the Gumball, now that would be awesome. :)
alextwo 1st May 2007, 00:22 Quote
All those beautiful cars... and then they have to go and slap a crap load of stickers all over them, like some five year old gone mad.
Jamie 1st May 2007, 00:28 Quote
Would you rather they painted the sponsorship on?
sam.g.taylor 1st May 2007, 00:31 Quote
There must be about $4 million on that page alone (not including the two blondes) B)
Krikkit 1st May 2007, 00:36 Quote
Hot damn, nothing beats the exclusivity of a Veyron tbh. Awesome. *jealous*
myriad 1st May 2007, 00:37 Quote
I love the Gumball, its so awesome gawdddd
devdevil85 1st May 2007, 00:38 Quote
I agree. Those stickers need to go. Nobody's gonna see them at 160kph! Those cars are pretty sweet though. I wanna see some vidz when they come out.
The_Pope 1st May 2007, 00:44 Quote
Can anyone explain how the Germany Police can be allowed to fine someone, an innocent member of the public, 420 euros just for having a Gumball sticker on their car??? link

Those hoping for video footage: I shot over an hour of DV yesterday. Might not have time to edit until the weekend though - too much bit-tech biz to get done this week.
Krikkit 1st May 2007, 00:52 Quote
Because it's a road race? I've no idea where they stand (legally speaking) on this, I don't think it sounds very sensible though...
alextwo 1st May 2007, 02:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jamie
Would you rather they painted the sponsorship on?

Good point. Although I'm not sure if I could bring myself to put stickers anywhere near my supercar paintwork (speaking hypothetically of course :) )
Krikkit 1st May 2007, 02:37 Quote
I'm sure it's done by professionals who probably put a big fat layer of wax under them, then restore it back to normal afterwards (for the really expensive ones anyway).

To be honest, I'd give a leg to be in the gumball, they get away with such ridiculous things. (Anyone remember that video of an M5 going through some french town, led by a police car all the way? Awesome stuff. What about the Koenigsegg caught doing ~240mph in Texas?)
glaeken 1st May 2007, 03:58 Quote
It would be so awesome to be in the gumball rally. Mischief has a couple of videos of the rallies from NY to LA and France to Morocco, pretty f'n sick. Hell it would be cool enough just to do One Lap of America.
J-Pepper 1st May 2007, 05:30 Quote
Anyone want to sponsor me and my RX8 for next years Gumball...?
Neogumbercules 1st May 2007, 06:11 Quote
I'll take the Enzo please.
OtakuHawk 1st May 2007, 06:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by alextwo
All those beautiful cars... and then they have to go and slap a crap load of stickers all over them, like some five year old gone mad.
Jamie 1st May 2007, 09:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by J-Pepper
Anyone want to sponsor me and my RX8 for next years Gumball...?

Shotgun.
Bindibadgi 1st May 2007, 10:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jamie
Shotgun.

****!
DougEdey 1st May 2007, 10:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jamie
Shotgun.

Roofrack!
Bindibadgi 1st May 2007, 10:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DougEdey
Roofrack!

****!!!!

Uhh... boot!?
g3n3tiX 1st May 2007, 10:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit


To be honest, I'd give a leg to be in the gumball

But then how would you drive ? :D
d3fiant 1st May 2007, 12:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by g3n3tiX
But then how would you drive ? :D

u only need the one foot for the accelerator fella :D
Atomic 1st May 2007, 12:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by d3fiant
u only need the one foot for the accelerator fella :D
Dont need any if you have Hand Controls :D
mikeuk2004 1st May 2007, 13:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by rupbert
Some of those cars are sick!

They looked in top notch condition to me, I dont see how you can see from the photos that they are ill?
[USRF]Obiwan 1st May 2007, 14:22 Quote
To tell you some news about the rally. Never EVER go through the Netherlands with a rally because our police is the best in catching speeding drivers. We Dutch know that.

Allready about 7 drivers where stopped and cars are convescated/removed from Dutch highway at the A1, A2 and A27 and lost their drivers licenses and it rained tickets for 12 others...

In Belgium it is also a bad idea to pass through: 21 contestens got tickets for speeding. And 2 lost their drivers licence.

In Germany 71 drivers got a ticket for avoiding traffic on the escape lane (probably on the same highway).

Makes:
2 cars where taken in by the Dutch Police
9 drivers are out of the rally (or are now co-drivers) because of lost licenses.
104 had speeding tickets

Side notes:
Rapper Xzibit (mtv host) lost his drivers license also in my country. He was going 160km where 100km is allowed. Dutch police dont care who you are, why you did it or how you did it...

Also Dutch spectators alongside the highway (standing on the escape lane) where ticketed too.
DougEdey 1st May 2007, 14:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan

As i side note: Rapper Xzibit lost his drivers license also in my country. Dutch police dont care who you are, what you do or how you did it...

Genius! I wonder how he'll present Pimp My Ride
Lazarus Dark 1st May 2007, 15:53 Quote
I've lost my license three times just for speeding. No dui, no reckless driving, I just am the most unlucky driver ever and every time my foot gets a little heavy and I go five mph over, a cop seems to be waiting for me. I don't know how it is elseware, but here it's all about money, the local government just wants to suck all the money they can out of taxpaying, lawabiding citizens. Generally, the judge just says pay double the fine and we'll take this off your record. It's all about money. As a result, I have learned to distrust all cops, a sad way to be for a regular noncriminal citizen.
The_Pope 1st May 2007, 15:58 Quote
Hate to tell you Lazarus, but 5 mph over is not "lawabiding" (technically)
The_Pope 1st May 2007, 15:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
Also Dutch spectators alongside the highway (standing on the escape lane) where ticketed too.

Is it illegal to stand on the side of the road in Holland? :?
g3n3tiX 1st May 2007, 18:44 Quote
I don't know but it certainly is dangerous, is a car come crashing to you...videos of it avalable on the net.
You could drive with one foot, but having a manual gearbox on a ferrari or lambo, with clutch pedal, is cool.
I know there also are hand paddles for shifting gear, in that case a leg is enough !

Love the cars, BTW they all appear to have the same stickers, placed differently.
inflatable 1st May 2007, 20:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by The_Pope
Is it illegal to stand on the side of the road in Holland? :?
On a highway/freeway? If you have no proper buisiness there like a broken down car or something, yes it's illegal! And I bet it's the same in the UK..

And to lose your driverlicense in our country you'll have to do over 50 km/h faster then allowed.. Anything under 50 is just a fine..

I don't feel sorry for those Gumballers at all, the public road is no place to hold a race.. Good luck getting those licenses back, lol..
DougEdey 1st May 2007, 22:00 Quote
In the UK you can be fined but not arrested for standing at the side of the road because it's dangerous to you and to drivers.
supermonkey 1st May 2007, 23:11 Quote
Those are some pretty nice curves.

The cars ain't half-bad, either.

-monkey
TomH 3rd May 2007, 05:29 Quote
Said it once before, but I'm rather jealous, Mr. T :D

(Nice photography too, )
Bogomip 3rd May 2007, 10:47 Quote
Xzibit is winning! Go Xzibit :D Jamiroquai is not far behind him though, and Giuliana Marino nor far behind them :)

so does loosing your licence in one country mean you cant drive in any country ?
Atomic 3rd May 2007, 14:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bogomip
so does loosing your licence in one country mean you cant drive in any country ?
I read on gtspirit that the dutch police took away his fake licence :)
ArtificialHero 3rd May 2007, 14:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
Because it's a road race? I've no idea where they stand (legally speaking) on this, I don't think it sounds very sensible though...

"It's not a race, it's a rally!"

Edit: Possibility I'm going to be a co-driver in next year's by the way! If it happens there will of course be plenty of pics.

AH
quack 4th May 2007, 08:10 Quote
The 2007 Gumball 3000 has been cancelled, and will end in Bratislava. Link.

I hope the police throw the book at the 2 morons who tried to escape the country after killing someone.
Bogomip 4th May 2007, 12:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by quack
I hope the police throw the book at the 2 morons who tried to escape the country after killing someone.
Indeed, if you take the chance to drive wrecklessly to win they you also have to live with the consequences.

Doesn't look good for the future of gumball either to be honest, its been seen many times that the drivers have pretty good security on there cars so if they crash and whatnot they have a good chance of survival but now a local resident has been killed its clearly putting additional people at risk - people who really don't care about such things for the most part.
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