The original rally featured 55 of Cooper’s friends, and travelled from London, to Rimini, Italy and back, passing through Paris, with a stop at the Chateau d’Esclimont. Lapping the Le Mans race circuit, a checkpoint followed at the Mas du Clos Ferrari Museum, before moving on to Monaco Grand Prix circuit in Monaco, the Ferrari Factory in Maranello, the Ambras Palace in Austria and the Hockenheim Grand Prix Circuit in Germany before returning to London to cross the finish line on Park Lane. The winner drove a 1963 Jaguar E-Type. Other drivers included actors Billy Zane in a 1965 Aston Martin DB5, Jason Priestley in a Lotus Esprit V8, Dannii Minogue in a Porsche Boxster and Charles Morgan in a 1998 Morgan Plus 8. Just like in the original film The Cannonball Run, where a police car joins the wacky racers, entrepreneur Justin Etzin & actress Alexandra Aitken drove an original British police car in the rally, borrowed from the British TV show The Bill. The couple won the prize for the most original car of the Gumball Rally. (source wikipedia)



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