So having received all the information, I evidently had some thinking to do. And so did my prospective co-driver. We organised a meeting to discuss our possible entry into the Gumball 3000 and had to make a decision as to whether, now we knew the costs involved, this was something we still wanted to do.
Right from the off, we acknowledged that for us and indeed the majority of the population, £75,000 was an enormous amount of money. For most it was a life-changing amount; indeed a very good friend of mine had just bought his first house; and how much was his deposit? £37,500 – precisely what I had calculated it would cost for me to enter the rally. Was I crazy to even think of doing this?
For about an hour or so we discussed all the pro’s and con’s. Evidently the latter was dominated by the price of entry, but the pro’s, although singularly less weighty, were considerable in number. ‘Think of the time we’ll have’, one would say. ‘Look who we’ll get to meet’, the other would chime in. Both of us uttering the words ‘a once in a lifetime experience’ on more than one occasion.
It wasn’t lost on either of us that the first serious conversation we had had about possibly entering the Gumball 3000 was in Mykonos and that the 2019 rally’s first stage was to be held there. ‘Was it meant to be?’ we briefly allowed ourselves to think…
We considered what we could do, if we did decide to enter, to help justify that amount of money. And so I came up with a plan – that I would document everything online in an effort to create a platform for leaving a legacy. This would be an incredible experience, but even better would be to share it with those who aspired to be in our position. There would have to be a lot of decisions made before 8 June 2019, including which car to drive and what sponsors to approach but I believed it would be interesting for people to have an insight into all the preparations for the world’s most glamorous motorcar rally. And it may even open doors we never knew existed.
And so, having headed to The Mandrake Hotel in Fitzrovia for tequila . . . The Road to Mykonos was born.