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A dream. A journey.

The idea for The Peaked Lapel came about by a rather circuitous route . . .

Around 10-15 years ago I first heard of something called the Gumball 3000 Rally. I knew little about it, other than the name reminded me of the Cannonball Run franchise, with Burt Reynolds; films I remember loving as a child.

Researching it, I found something quite remarkable; a seven-day feast of impossibly exotic motor vehicles, piloted by their owners and co-drivers through cities all over the world. It was not a race but a rally and an opportunity to experience your car in a way no other event would provide: over long hauls and short sprints, punctured by evenings in glamorous hotels and parties, all the while developing relationships with likeminded enthusiasts.

I was hooked and said to myself that, one day, I would take part in the Gumball 3000!

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Arriving in Mykonos Showing Off Bespoke HYT Watch

Gumball 3000 Day 1 – Landing in Mykonos

After about 9 months preparation, including the creation of The Peaked Lapel, I flew with my father (and co-driver) to Mykonos a day in advance of registration for the 2019 Gumball 3000 Rally.

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Gumball 3000 Day 2 – Registration and Mr Gumball’s Birthday

This was the morning after the night before. I won’t lie. After meeting with friends who live in Mykonos, I got back to the hotel at 7am on the day of registration. I showered, changed and headed straight to breakfast before making my way...

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Gumball 3000 Day 3 – A Day of Rest…

Today was the opening party of the Gumball 3000 Rally at Nammos. However; I decided not to go, for two reasons. Firstly, I had already only clocked up just six hours sleep in 48 since leaving London and, perhaps more importantly, it was a...

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Gumball 3000 Day 4 – We’re Off!

Feeling ever so pleased I had decided to relax the day before, on 9 June 2019, I woke at 7am with the kind of feeling in my stomach I had not felt since it was Christmas morning in 1989. The kind of excitement only something you have...

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