GUMBALL 3000 15TH ANNIVERSARY, 19TH – 24TH MAY 2013
Ladies, gentlemen, start your engines…as the 15th anniversary ‘Gumball 3000’ Rally from Copenhagen to Monaco is about to begin! Each year the famous 3000 mile (5000km) road trip attracts an international array of ‘stars and cars’ to participate in a real once in a lifetime adventure – and this years 15th Anniversary’ event is certain to be nothing short of spectacular! The exclusive 100 car entry grid is packed full of celebrities and the most incredible array of customized, concept, electric, luxurious, sports and hyper cars that you will ever see together. Baywatch icon David ‘The Hoff’ Hasselhoff, will line up on the entry grid in the beautiful city of Copenhagen alongside hip hop superstar EVE, Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs, rapper Bun B, ‘Pimp My Ride’ host Xzibit, skateboard legend Tony Hawk, MTVs Finish pranksters ‘The Dudesons’, Olympic skiers Jon Olsson and Jens Byggmark, MMA fighter Rubert Burneika, along with Shiekhs, Princes, reality TV stars, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Driving everything from Bugattis, to Koenigseggs, Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Morgans, Bentleys, Rolls Royces, McLarens, Twisted Land Rovers, Mercedes Benz, and more – if you like cars, you’ll love Gumball 3000! Saturday 18th May (12:00): 100 cars will go on display for the public outside Copenhagen Town Hall.
The gumball 3000 road and the full 2013 agenda at the bottom of the article
Saturday 18th May (Red Carpet 20:00): The official VIP launch event will take place at the spectacular Copenhagen Opera House. The evening will be hosted by Gumball founder Maximillion Cooper and The Cuban Brothers, with an exclusive live performance from Grammy award winning rapper EVE. Gumball will be unveiling two spectacular new cars to the world media, and prestigious auctioneers Christies will be hosting the first of seven charity auctions to launch the Gumball 3000 Foundation, a non-profit organization set up to benefit underprivileged youths with education and infrastructure. Sunday 19th May (09:00): David Hasselhoff will wave the start flag outside Copenhagen Town Hall (Denmark), as all 100 cars set off of their 3000 mile road trip to Monte Carlo.
Over the next decade the concept grew from its origins as an underground ‘rally’ fueled by myt and rumor, into a global entertainment and lifestyle corporation that now commands multi-million dollar sponsorship revenues and global licensing deals. Described by Vanity Fair magazine as ‘the most rock ‘n’ roll car rally ever staged’, Gumball 3000 has built its reputation by creating an aspirational lifestyle and an attitude that challenges convention. Attracting the endorsement and participation of pop cultures biggest names along the way such as David Hasselhoff, Darryl Hannah, Johnny Knoxville, Snoop Dogg, EVE, Jamiroquai, Swizz Beatz, Bun B, Cypress Hill, Travis Barker, Xzibit, Adrien Brody, Idris Elba, Hugh Hefner, Tyson Beckford, David Guetta, Tony Hawk, Dennis Rodman, Travis Pastrana and Carey Hart alongside leading influencers and business figureheads including the founders of Facebook, Pay Pal and Yahoo. The annual rally has evolved into a week long festival hosted by global cities, closing off streets to organize music concerts, action sports demos and spectacular car shows that now achieve live crowds of over a million people, and a televised and online audience that reaches over 60 million households in over 100 countries. Gumball 3000 promotes safe driving, is supported by authorities and Governments and is sponsored by global blue chip companies. In celebration of reaching its ‘15th anniversary’ milestone, the Gumball 3000 Foundation has been established to utilize the wealth and influence of the Gumball Alumni to benefit underprivileged youths through education and building infrastructure. In 2012 the Gumball 3000 Group was valued at over $200m (cit. Forbes) and includes entertainment, apparel, music and licensing divisions and retailing products in over 3000 retail stores. Maximillion Cooper’s vision to create a lifestyle brand of the future continues to grow…
Sunday 19th May
THE FLAG DROPS
10AM CITY HALL – COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Where: Rådhuspladsen 1 København k
Cars on Display: 07.00-11.00
Rally Start: 10.00-11.00
Where: Koenigsegg Automotove – Valhall Park 262 74 Ängelholm, Sweden
BETSAFE CAR DISPLAY
12PM KINGS PALACE – STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Where: The Royal Palace – Kungliga Slottet 111 30 Stockholm, Sweden
Gumball Cars on Display: 15.00-18.00
2013 Rally Partners Betsafe are hosting a Car display directly outside the Kings Palace in the centre of Stockholm. Fans will be able to get up close and personal to the cars in the company of his royal highness, the king of Sweden
OVERNIGHT BOAT TO FINLAND
6PM VÄRTAHAMNEN PORT – STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Where: Vartahamnen Port, Södra Hamnvägen 46 115 74 Stockholm, Sweden
On the evening of Sunday 19th May when we reach Vartahamnen port – Stockholm, where we will be boarding our Ferry to Turku in Finland. The ferry at Stockholm will be the first overnight stop of the rally. All cars will board the boat and the entrants will proceed to a sit down meal followed by a party.
Monday 20th May
9AM KAMPPI CENTRE – HELSINKI, FINLAND
Where: Kamppi Shopping Centre, Mannerheimintie 22-24 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Cars on Display: 09.00-11.00
Having driven from the port of Turku, Gumballers will arrive in Helsinki City Centre for a car display and a snowy stunt display hosted by Battery Engery Drinks. You’re going to have to see it to believe it.
Where: Oljytie 1007, FI-06830 Kulloonkla (Porvoo)
After a short drive from Central Helsinki, the Gumball rally hits its first circuit. Premier Park near Porvoo, is a ‘tight and twisty’ handling circuit perfect for allowing the supercars to enjoy some adrenaline fuelled fun.
Where: St Isaac’s Square, Saint Petersburg, Russia 190000
Cars on Display: 21.00-00.00
120 super cars cross the Finnish/Russian border from around 2pm and drive directly into St Petersburg with a convoy of Russian Police cars. The cars are given a rest on display watched over by Russian Military Armed guards whilst the Gumballers party in the W Hotel.
Tuesday 21st May
12PM TOWN HALL SQ – TALLINN, ESTONIA
Where: Raekoja 1 10114 Tallinn, Eesti 645 7900
Cars on Display: 11.00-15.00
The Gumball convoy crosses the Estonian border leaving Russia from around 11am and continue back in Europe arriving in the stunning Town hall square at mid-day via the narrow cobbled streets.
CAR DISPLAY, HOTEL & PARTY
7PM RADISSON BLU ELIZABETE – RIGA, LATVIA
Where: Elizabetes iela 73, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
Cars on Display: 15.00-00.00
Gumball 3000 takes over Riga city centre closing roads in order to display our super cars. After checking in at the Radisson Blu Elizabete, we enjoy exquisite food at the Biblioteka and then party hard at Coyote Fly.
Wednesday 22nd May
11AM TOWN HALL – VILNIUS CITY CENTRE, LITHUANIA
Where: Gaono gatvė 7, Vilnius 01131, Lithuania
Cars on Display: 11.00-15.00
We set off from Riga at 9am sharp, driving south and into Lithuania. We arrive in Vilnius city centre and display our cars on the exclusive square directly in front of the Town hall courtesy of the city Mayor.
Where: PILSUDSKI SQUARE Śródmieście Północne 00-078 Warsaw, Poland
Cars on Display: 18.00-00.00
On the evening of Wednesday 22nd we arrive at Pilsudski Square greeted by Battery energy drinks, Betsafe and above all, a half pipe having just arrived directly from the Barcelona X-Games. Tony Hawk takes to the half pipe along with some very special guests.
Thursday 23rd May
3PM ENGINEERING MUSEUM – KRAKOW, POLAND
Where: Wawrzyńca 15, Kraków, Poland, 12 421 12 42
After driving the long and winding roads from Warsaw the Gumballers will stop for a look around the Engineering Museum of Krakow and enjoy some lunch from a nearby restaurant before hitting the road again for their penultimate hotel stop.
Where: Volksgarten, Burgring 1 1010 Vienna, Austria
Cars on Display: 20.00-00.00
Once again on exclusive land, the Gumball 3000 cars will be lined up on display in the grounds of the Austrian Parliament and directly outside the legendary Volksgarten club where we will be partying through the night.
Friday 24th May
Where: Hotel Byblos, Via Cedrare, 78, 37029 Corrubbio, Province of Verona, Italy
We’re kicking back and enjoying some art and culture within the stunning grounds of the Byblos Art Hotel in Verona. After a light lunch, and a tour of the art work the Gumballers jump back into their cars ready to drive the final leg of the rally. Next stop: Monaco.
THE CHEQUERED FLAG IS WAVED IN CASINO SQUARE
7PM THE FAIRMONT – MONACO, MONTE CARLO
Where: Place du Casino, 98000 Monaco
The chequered flag will be waiting in Casino Square, Monaco and the Gumballers will pass under it through the twisting streets as they reach their final destination.
CAR DISPLAY AND F1 PRACTICE
9PM MONACO, MONTE CARLO
Where: 12 Avenue des Spélugues, 98007, France
When: All Day
Saturday 25th May
THE OFFICIAL FINALE PARTY
9PM AMBER LOUNGE – MONACO, MONTE CARLO
Where: 22 Avenue Princesse Grâce, 98000 Monaco, France
Our epic journey all comes to an end at the Amber Lounge club in Monaco where the rally host, Maximillion Cooper officially awards the prestigious Spirit of the Gumball trophy. Once the formalities are done with we party through the night.
Sunday 26th May
F1 RACING FROM THE ROOFTOP
THE FAIRMONT HOTEL TERRACE – MONACO, MONTE CARLO
Where: 12 Avenue des Spélugues, 98007, France
When: All Day
The Monaco F1 has to be the most famous motor race around the world and the Gumballers get the premium view from the terrace of the Fairmont hotel for the 2013 Grand Prix.