2013 Gumball 3000 Celebrates 15th Anniversary in Style
With the 2013 Gumball 3000 now over the organisers will begin to plan the 2014 edition but no matter what they have planned for next year, they’ll be hard pressed to better this year’s edition of the 3000 mile trek across Europe.
When the cars gathered in Copenhagen on 18th May spectators were shown perhaps the widest collection of different machinery that’s ever taken up the Gumball challenge. This year the normal assortment of Lamborghinis, Porsches and Ferraris were joined by everything from a 1960s Volkswagen Beetle to a replica of Batman’s Tumbler, an ambitious replica machine built by Team Galag.
The men behind Team Galag come to the European race from Saudia Arabia. The Tumbler was their idea and has been built with their money by Parker Brothers Concepts, the firm who develop machinery for SyFy Channel’s Dream Machines TV show. This year’s race was their third attempt and the Tumbler was the fourth car they’ve used. In 2011, they used a Porsche 911 Turbo, and a year later a Lamborghini Aventador and a Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster were taken on the rally.
The other special vehicle that took part in the rally was a one-off supercar called the TG1. The car was also produced for Team Galag but unlike the Tumbler, the owners have admitted that building it was “a decision that we have regretted ever since” due to unexpected complications during production.
These cars were just 2 of 120 machines that wound their way through Stockholm, Turku, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Warsaw and Vienna on route to the Monte Carlo for the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix. The entry list included a Rolls Royce Phantom EWB, a modified Ferrari 458 Spider and several Audi R8s.
At the end of the event the organiser always count up the amount that has been donated to charity and they were happy to announce that this year’s edition of the 3000 raised £123,591.26, which is £23,000 more than the Gumball 3000 Foundation had targeted.