Yesterday when I was giving one of my tours round London, I stumbled across an unexpected sight. A collection of over 100 souped up cars all ready to take place in the Gumball 3000.
It wasn’t a total surprise as I seem to come across this event every summer in London, even though the startingn point does move around somewhat.
The Gumball 3000 is an annual British 3,000-mile (4,800 km) international celebrity motor rally which takes place on public roads. It was started in 1999 by Maximillion Cooper, with the idea to combine cars, music, fashion and entertainment. The event takes its name from the 1976 film The Gumball Rally.
The Gumball 3000 has received criticism. Two non-participant pensioners died in an accident in Macedonia in 2007 after their car was hit by a Gumball rally driver. Participants have been stopped for speeding, have had their driving licences taken by police, and had their cars confiscated.
However for passersby like my tourists and I and much more so for the hardcore fans, the event gives people the chance to see a fine collection of highpowered and supremely decorated cars all in one place… as opposed to around Knightsbridge and Kensington as they so often are!
As a small change from my usual blog posts, I thought you might like to see some of the cars that were attracting attention in a very hot and sunny London.
I took some of the photos below but a few came from the Twitterverse. There was a limit to how many photos I could take whilst working even if the family I was with were doing likewise.