Gumball 3000 is a yearly multi-day car driving event founded by Maximillion Cooper. It was inspired by an actual race across the country and some movies with a similar theme in the 1970s and 1980s (Cannonball and The Cannonball Run).
It’s officially not a “race” because that would be, well, illegal. The entry fee is $120,000 and participants tend to be rich people from around the world, which means they drive crazy awesome cars (countless Ferrari’s (including an Enzo), Lamborghini’s, Porsche’s, a Bugatti Veyron). I think it’s a money-making business for Maximillion… he organizes a bunch of famous people (this year David Hasselhoff and Alfonso Ribeiro) and fast cars to drive long distances in a few days, then sells advertising and merchandise. It’s really a brand.
Anyhoo, this year’s race started on Saturday and the first leg was from San Francisco to Los Angeles. But we weren’t aware of that. Melanie and Martin and Ben and Emily and I were eating at IHOP in Redwood City. On the way back we were driving on 101 and saw a few cars drive past us with lots of “Gumball 3000” stickers. The first car we saw was like a Subaru Impreza or something, so I figured they were just trying to look cool by putting a sticker on their car. But then we saw a few more cars including a Lamborghini (Murcielago I think?).
There are tons of pictures on Flickr.