The Gumball 3000 From Mykonos to Ibiza
It’s that time of year again for what has become a cultural phenomenon.
The Gumball 3000 is in its 20th year as the road rally of all road rallies.
On average, 120 drivers buckle up for the 3000 mile journey, with year’s course stretching from Mykonos, Greece to Ibiza, Spain.
Travelling on public roads in exotic cars and attending parties each night for 7 days, the rally was founded in 1999 by current CEO, Maximillion Cooper, initially as a road trip with his friends. Today organizers strongly emphasize that the rally is a road trip and, in no way, a race.
Cooper started the event after he and a group of friends aimed to drive their supercars across Europe. The rally was aimed at wealthy individuals, with the entry fee of the event costing $8,700. Participants had to use their own vehicles.
The first event took inspiration from a number of racing events throughout the world. In 1933, motorcycle racer, Mister Baker, had crossed the United States coast-to-coast in 54 hours. He earned the nickname, Cannonball, which spawned a number of race events in both the United States and Europe over the next few decades in his honor. The Cannonball events were held in the 1970s, with the first prize being a gumball machine. It has been suggested, this is where Cooper got the name for the event from.
Model and internet personality, MelRose helped lead the start of the of the 2019 Gumball 3000. MelRose is driving the FanCentro Lamborghini Urus, which will be given away at the end of the rally to a lucky FanCentro user.
Drivers from around the world are present at the Rally, driving exotic cars ranging from Rolls Royce to Porsche and everything in between.
Actor David Hasselhoff was present at the event to hand out his favorite “Don’t Hassle the Hoff” t-shirts to a few lucky bystanders. MelRose was happy to wear the TV and recording star’s shirt over her FanCentro gear.
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