About 10-15 years ago (I cannot say precisely) I first heard about the Gumball 3000; a cross continent rally for the glitterati. It reminded me of the movie The Cannonball Run, with Burt Lancaster and Roger Moore (who was the Bond I grew up with and, ergo, my Bond until Daniel Craig re-wrote the rule book), a film I adored as a child. What could be better than participating in a rally full of fast cars and glamorous competitors. But the question was how? I honestly never thought it would be something I would ever achieve.
The intervening years were spent training and qualifying as a lawyer, specialising in my chosen subject, before starting my own law firm. I had my head in my work and put my aspiration to participate in the Rally on the back burner; the commemorative DVDs only partly satisfying my longing for what can only be described as a genius event.
Fast forward to 2018 and, on 2 October, much to my utter excitement, my place on the Gumball 3000 rally, from Mykonos to Ibiza, was confirmed.
Entry to the Rally comes at a significant cost, not to mention the expenses to be incurred during the event. Indeed the former alone is as much as most pay for a deposit on a home and so, despite the joy at being invited to participate, it was not a decision to be taken lightly.
So, to justify such an outlay, I knew I had to do something different. I felt like if I was going to experience such an event, why not take others along for the ride. On top of that, I had so many questions: what needed to be done to prepare? What clothes would I need to wear? Which car to drive?!
So the concept of The Road to Mykonos was born. I wanted to give those who, like me, never thought they would achieve something like this, an insight into the planning that’s required for such an event and the excitement in the lead up to it.
It’s an insider’s tale of the journey to the starting line of the world’s most glamorous motor car rally. I hope you enjoy it as much as me.