Posted Jun 6th 2012 4:30PM
It all started with a wild pre-party in NYC but fast forward and the Gumball crew has traveled 3000 miles across North America to end up in the City of Angels. At the finale, all the cars roared onto Hollywood Boulevard to thousands of Gumball fanatics. The expected arrival time was 7:00pm but apparently some forerunners were burning up the desert strip from the last checkpoint of Las Vegas arriving a tad early.
With untold tickets and citations for drivers, the Gumball 3000 vehicles didn't all have a smooth mechanical ride running across the US and Canada either. The 1957 Chevy never made it past a 5-mile radius of the starting point and the Morgan 3 wheeler never showed. The Rally Fighter arrived on a flatbed to a couple check check points and even the Audi R8 of Jon Olsson was plagued with mechanical problems including a faulty fuel pump. Obviously when entering an event like this man and machine have to be beyond prepared to do interstate battle.
In LA, the impromptu street party kicked off outside the Roosevelt Hotel and went on past dusk. The Gumballers checked in an no doubt let out a sigh of relief as they knew it was finally over. They covered a lot of ground, overcame major obstacles and of course partied beyond normal human limits. After that pause and reflection it was off to the afterparty for a bit of the same. he big morning hangover saw many of them delivering their exotics to various air and sea ports to have them shipped back to their country of residence.
We look forward to 2013 as this motor spectacle heads to Europe again and we hope to catch just a bit more of the action.
Image Credit (Los Angeles): Copyright 2012 Steve Lucero / AOL
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