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By system on Saturday, 25 June 2011

Is this every man’s dream; driving from London to Istanbul, over 8 days, through 8 countries, covering 3000 miles in a supercar? With key check-points, amazing parties and even a Gran Prix on route through London, Paris, Barcelona, Monaco, Venice, Belgrade, Sofia and finishing in Istanbul.

The Gumball 3000 was recently run starting in May from the Playboy Club in London and it attracted a lot of interest. The line-up of drivers included international celebrities, multi-millionaires and sports stars but these were upstaged by the cars. Gumball is know for exotic cars but this fleet not only included supercars like Ferrari 458 & 599, Lamborghini Gallardo & Murcielago, Porsche 997 Turbo & GT2, Maserati but also megacars like the Aston Martin One-77, Bugatti Veryon & a Roll Royce drop-top in camouflage!

Gumball 3000 has grown from its origins as notorious underground road rally in 1999 and has successfully combined art, automobiles, music and film to create a unique aspirational lifestyle brand. Headed by Maximillion Cooper, the Gumball 3000 Group now operates events Europe and the United States on an annual basis attracting entrants from around the world all with a core passion – cars.

While it is not a race and racing of course would be illegal, a large number of entrants appear to get stopped and fined by police in the countries they pass through for travelling slightly fast. So if you have a supercar, £25,000 ($40,000) for the entrant fee, and about $3,000 for the fuel, make sure you also have plenty of cash to pay the police fines as you go. There is still an ‘underground’ vibe about the race although it now attracts thousands of spectators everywhere it goes that want to see the outrageous cars, people and glamour of the event.

While Gumball is over for 2011 check out www.gumball3000.com for the details of next year. some images courtesy of Gumball 3000