Gumball 3000 Rally 2006

#1
Hi Guys,

Just to let you all know that the 2006 Gumball Rally starts in London on the 30 April, and I will be one of the teams partaking of this event (again).

The route is London - Brussels - Salzberg - Vienna (hill climb event) - Budapest (party) - Belgrade (get cars onto a cargo plane) - Malaysia (serious party and GP fun) - Bangkok (cars get back onto plane) - Salt Lake City - Los Angeles (Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion).

I am not sure what car I will do it in: my co-driver is 'umming and aahing' over buying a 612 Ferrari. But he won't. Bstard. So it looks like either a Porsche or a 350hp Mini (the new type).

So if any of you are in London on the day, then head down to central London (either Trafalgar Square or Regents Street) to see the cars (about 20million quids worth of Veyrons, Zondas, Enzos et al). Should be around 100,000 other people there (or just watch it at home on Sky).

More details to follow, as well as any news if I can get more tickets to the opening party the night before (was rather good last year!).

Dread

Car 72 in 2005
Car 72 in 2006
 
#2
you lucky lucky b4stard!!!!

if my numbers come in, thats one of the first things ill be doing trust me!!

Can u say hi to the Cuban Brothers for me?? Miguel Mantovani and Clemente' "my brother also my uncle" Rodriguez crack me up on the website clip of them!! that is 30-40 mins of howling with laughter for me!! :lol:
 
#4
Lord Flash! I am indeed honoured by your presence (I have some Albanian mates if you ever want a certain pentwhiners legs broken btw).

The Lotus would have been trouble free apart from the donuts we pulled at Dover and in Belgium: hence us flying out a mechanic with a new clutch from Manchester on the second day to Prague and us spending 7 hours in a garage instead of sleeping and partying. :)
 
#5
By the way ASS: the Cuban boys have a nasty habit of getting naked all the time (Caprice wasn't too impressed!). Quite, quite scary. Like being a new lad in the Commandos!
 
#6
Lol. I seem to remember seeing you on the TV when they did a few episodes of 2005.

As they say...Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious.

Good luck for this year anyhow.
 
#7
Dread said:
hence us flying out a mechanic with a new clutch from Manchester on the second day to Prague and us spending 7 hours in a garage instead of sleeping and partying. :)
fcuk me, if u need a mechanic this time, im in between jobs!!

i can change whatever you like for the price of a flight ticket, a hotel room, a hooker and a few beers!! :D

either that or lend me a 911 and ill drive there myself, ensure it has a roof rack for any bulky items i need to change!!
 
#10
Dread said:
I am not sure what car I will do it in: my co-driver is 'umming and aahing' over buying a 612 Ferrari. But he won't. Bstard. So it looks like either a Porsche or a 350hp Mini (the new type).
Painted in ARRSE coloured stripes I hope?
 
#11
Entry price for first timers this year is 40,000 quid. If you have done one previously it is only 30,000 smackers.

I have sent a message to GoodCO asking him to email me an Arrse logo (up to 30x15cm) that I can place on the car.
 
#12
Do you have any idea of next years route Dread? A friend of mine is entering and wants me to co-pilot his Mk IV Toyota Supra. I'm not sure either of us really know what we're letting ourselves in for, but what the hell, you only live once.
 
#14
No idea where the 2007 route will go, or even if there will be a 2007 rally. There are rumours (as ever) that Max may take a break to concentrate on the brand and selling the clothes and other 'lifestyle' pap that he makes his money from. People were saying the same thing last year though.

Australia is out (banned as a person on another rally was killed in a crash), South America is too dangerous (as is Africa), Europe is being done to death, Russia hasnt the roads, and China has proven too difficult or expensive.

So if it happens, then possibly Canada to Mexico?
 
#15
Dread said:
So if it happens, then possibly Canada to Mexico?
That would be a great route especially if it started in Alaska instead.

Edited to add - pity you can't do Australia. Perth to Sydney would be great but would probably require extra fuel tanks being strapped to thirsty supercars when crossing the Nullaborra Plain!
 
#16
Dread,

I have to assume that as partaking in such an event will involve such mondo mullah as to be beyond the dreams of avarice that you are serving as a major unit PSAO and are about to call down the entire year's funds?

Trusting you to save a nice one with pert inny-out bits for me,

GIATT
 
#17
Canada to Mexico sounds good, if it happens. I'd better get in a little tequila quaffing practice. :D
 
#18
Awwww you have NO idea how much I want to be doing this. If you could see me now you'd be able to see the pout!
Canada would be awesome, I am missing out this year though due to the awful older brother barging his way in - grrrrr!

Might have to come down and wave you off Dread!

Can I suggest an arrse logo or t-shirt somewhere?
 
#19
GoodIdeaAtTheTime said:
Dread,

I have to assume that as partaking in such an event will involve such mondo mullah as to be beyond the dreams of avarice that you are serving as a major unit PSAO and are about to call down the entire year's funds?

Trusting you to save a nice one with pert inny-out bits for me,

GIATT
Normal cost of Gumball is entry fee (30k this year)+ 5-7k prepping the car (new tyres, etc), 4-8k rally insurance, 1.5k Fuel (you are doing less than 9miles to the gallon at speed), 3k Fines/bribes, 5k alcohol (have seen some lads spend 50k in one night). Oh, and a couple of k to get the car transported to the startline (as my cars are not in the UK) and a couple more k to get them home (from the finish line in LA), and 8k for the plane tickets (business class to the start from Budapest, BA First on the way back from LA for 2 people).

The only bugger is doing it in a 2 seater: no room for any fanny that you pick up along the way :(

So do I still serve the Crown? Nah! Am now a regional director of a 'Big 4' accountancy company (and no, I am not an accountant). :)


Edited to add: Would ADMIN or a MOD please email/pm me the official colours and an ARRSE logo so I can put them on the wagon. Stripe on the roof and a logo on the rear quarter. Thanks.
 
#20
Jeez, thats some student loan :D

Make sure you make a blog regularly if poss, or at least keep a diary so we can enthuse over your tales of debauchery :wink:
 
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