Ten Iconic Legends At the Gumball 3000 Rally
The Gumball 3000 is once again upon us, with all of its flashy supercars, well-known celebrities, and insane viewership numbers. In this article, we’ll look at the troubled history of the Gumball 3000, its victorious return, and its celebrity legends.
What is the Gumball 3000?
The Gumball 3000 is a grueling 3,000-mile motor rally that spans the globe, with segments facilitated in different countries all around the world.
The concept in itself is simple; racers take part in supercar rallies at a number of destinations; they race, they fly, they resume the rally in another part of the world, rinse, repeat.
It’s a global phenomenon that’s been popular since its inception in 1999 by Maximillion Cooper who wanted to create an epic event that combined cars, music, fashion, and entertainment.
And where there’s cars, music, fashion, and entertainment --there’s an element of celebrity. The cost of joining the Gumball 3000 Rally is so high, you’d have to be one to join. Entrance fees for the Gumball 3000 start around 40,000 euros!
Gumball 3000 History
A few noteworthy points about the Gumball 3000’s history:
The Gumball 3000 was originally called the Gumball 2000
A massive crash in Macedonia which involved bystanders not involved in the rally resulted in consequences for drivers and the rally itself --Lemon Law comes to mind, as you never want to enter the race with a bum vehicle
Locations which have hosted the Gumball rally include but aren’t limited to; Bangkok, Phuket, Amsterdam, Munich, Serbia, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Beijing, Miami, Paris, Barcelona, Venice, Toronto, Helsinki, Las Vegas, Athens --and so many more, it’s difficult to count after 20+ years
There are a number of noteworthy celebrities and professional race car drivers which have joined the Gumball 3000 over the years.
Here are a few Gumball Legends:
1. Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has a reputation that precedes him. He was one of the professional NASCAR drivers that joined Gumball back in 2015.
2. David Hasselhoff
In 2016, "The Hoff" joined the Gumball lineup, waving the flag on the Dublin rally to kick off its 2016 rally. In that rally, 120 supercars traveled from Dublin to Edinburgh, London, Rust, Prague, and Budapest before ending in Bucharest.
Xzibit was one of the drivers who lost his license in the Macedonia crash along with others. Xzibit is most known for his music and his appearances in Fast and Furious films.
Who knew the legend of spin would drive a Ferrari in the Gumball 3000? Well, he did, to the thrill of Millennial audiences, everywhere.
5. Tinie Tempah
British rapper, singer, and songwriter Tinie Tempah joined the Gumball ranks as one of it’s leading celebrities.
6. Alexandra Aitken
Model, actress, and artist Alexandra Aitken joined Gumball 3000 as a driver who drove a police car from the television show The Bill.
7. Guy Ritchie
He didn’t drive, but he attended in proper form --probably looking for material for his remake of the Cannonball Run movie.
8. Jason Priestly
Jason Priestly of Beverly Hills 90210 fame has long been known for his racing hobby. He drove in the Gumball 3000 and Lotus Espirit V8.
9. Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper
Rapper, singer, songwriter, and diva Eve Jeffers-Cooper drove in the Gumball 3000 --and ended up marrying the founder.
10. Matthew McConaughey
McConaughey joined the Gumball 3000 back in 2002, years before filming Wolf of Wallstreet.
By Parker Keatin