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Gumball 3000 2019

A day-by-day account of living my dream - driving in the Gumball 3000

Mykonos to Ibiza, 7-15 June.

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.

Limited Edition Gold Carrera Aviator Sunglasses

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...

Gumball 3000 Day Of Rest

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...

Ollie And Dad On The Starting Grid

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...

Ollie And His Ferrari F355 From The Car In Front

Gumball 3000 Day 5 – The Hardest and Longest Day on the Rally

So, setting off around 8am, our first task was to make it to Albania. This, we discovered, was not straight forward! Abysmal traffic, lack of petrol stations and inadequate border controls! And then we had a police escort to guide us to...

On The Ferry In Montenegro

Gumball 3000 Day 6 – One Day Five Countries

Once more the sun was out in all its glory and beginning to bake us as we weaved our way out of Montenegro across the countryside and into Bosnia. With the roof of the Spider stowed and the V8 howl coming from directly behind us, bouncing...

Line Up Of Supercars At Monaco

Gumball 3000 Day 7 – Let’s Just Get to Monaco…

Having never driven through Italy before, albeit having watched plenty of driving videos, I hoped we would come across some of the legendary tunnels. And boy did we do just that. Once again, the F355 came into her own here; simply no other...

The Spanish Police Were Very Busy That Day

Gumball 3000 Day 8 – The Spanish Police and Bureaucracy

Prior to the Rally, having had a tough time with the police on French roads during previous trips, it had become apparent the French police were more than happy to let the Gumballers get out of their country as swiftly as possible. The...

At Our Final Destination In Ibiza As The Sun Sets

Gumball 3000 Day 9 – Race for Ibiza

Around 6pm we docked and, there we were – about 20 minutes away from the finish line. I wasn’t sure what to expect – just how many fans were going to turn up in Ibiza? I needn’t have worried! The streets were lined with people all videoing...