By Chris Temelkos
The 12th annual Gumball 3000 kicked off on Thursday, May 7, 2010, in Yorkville. For those of you that don’t know, the international rally sees the very wealthy travel from city to city, showcasing their luxury rides and partying hard. This years event saw celebrities like Xzibit and Tony Hawk. The event garners much attention, but it isn’t always positive.
The route was canceled in 2007 when a British team in a Porsche 911 collided with a car in Macedonia, killing the elderly couple inside. The driver was going 101 km over the speed limit. This years event saw its own problems, Michael Madsen of Reservoir Dogs fame quit the European leg after his driver was caught speeding in Belgium. It doesn’t stop there, 11 drivers were ticketed as they left Boston and a motorcade was canceled in Quebec City over concerns of reckless driving.
Aside, from the safety and legal issues, the Gumball poses, some feel as though the rally is a way for the rich to flaunt their riches in front of commoners in an arrogant fashion, but as the saying goes, ‘if you’ve got it, flaunt it.’ The Gumball 3000 rolled out this morning at 9:00 a.m. and is headed to Niagara Falls. The last stop for the 3000-mile really is New York.