Gumball 3000 2003

The fifth rally was held in May 2003, with 125 cars beginning in San Francisco, California with a finish line in Miami, Florida. Mayor Willie Brown presided over the start of the race. The rally passed through Reno, Nevada; Las Vegas; Tucson, Arizona; White Sands, New Mexico; San Antonio, Texas; Houston, Texas; and New Orleans, Louisiana. Featured entrants included Jackass’ Ryan Dunn racing a rental car alongside skateboard legends Tony Hawk and Bam Margera in a Dodge Viper, Bucky Lasek, Motocross World champions Travis Pastrana and Carey Hart, Co-founder of PayPal Ken Howery, First investor in Facebook Peter Thiel, Managing Director of Morgan Motor Company Charles Morgan and supermodel Jodie Kidd. Cars included a mix of Ferrari F50s and 360s, Lamborghini Murcielago, a Koenigsegg CC and Jesse James’ customized VW Eurovan. Alex Roy and Dave Maher won the Gumball Spirit Trophy in his Team Polizei BMW M5, outfitted with German Police equipment. Top Gear reported that the Koenigsegg CC8S holds the fastest speeding ticket in the world, which allegedly occurred in May 2003 in Texas. It was supposedly 242 mph (389 km/h) in a 75-mph (120 km/h) zone. The prize could not be lifted because the car was impounded. From 125, 100 finished the race. The “Fastest Wheels” award was presented to Rob “Lonman” Kenworthy in a Porsche GT2, with the “Special Award” presented to Richard and Sue Rawlings, owners of a heavily modified Chevy Avalanche. The race was presented on DVD.

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