Gumball 3000 2012 - New York to Los Angeles

New York to Los Angeles, 7 days, 2 countries, 12 states, driving 3000 miles, the adventure of a lifetime! This is Gumball 3000 2012 and it starts today!

Gumball 3000 2012 - New York to Los Angeles Photo by Gumball 3000

New York to Los Angeles, 7 days, 2 countries, 12 states, driving 3000 miles, the adventure of a lifetime! With key check-points and parties on the route. The event will combine automobiles with music, film, and entertainment throughout the 3000 miles, closing the streets in each city to create a Gumball festival!

100 of the world's most beautiful, expensive, desirable, classic, eco, and extravagant automobiles converge on the Big Apple, with 200 participants taking part, flying in from over 40 countries to take their place on this exclusive grid!

Who will be participating?
Celebrities, Athletes, and Artists participating in 2012 are Maximillion Cooper, Eve, Bun B, MadCon, David Hasselhoff, Dirty Sanchez (Pritch & Dainton), The Dudesons (Jukka, Jarppi, Jarno & HP), Estevan Oriol, Matt & Brett Landes, Buttsy Butler, Jon Olsson, Elias Ambühl, Christian Olofsson, Oskar Bakke, Jens Byggmark, Christoffer Kristiansson, Mohammed Al Tani, Mohammad Alothman, Raed Zidan, Ayman Assaf, Tim Burton, Rishab Siroya, Anshul Siroya, Sachin Gadoya, Amar Sagar, Vicky Sagar, Omar Zidan, Mass M, Amro Kayal and many more.

What type of cars can one expect in the 2012 Gumball 3000 Rally?
What we've gathered there are going to be the following type of cars participating in the 2012 Gumball 3000 Rally from New York to Los Angeles. Basically high-performance Gran Turismo cars like Bugatti Veyron, Toyota Supra, Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé, Rolls Royce Ghost, BMW M5, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster, Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari F430, Bentley GTC, Aston Martin DB9 Volante, Aston Martin Rapide, Audi S5, Lamborghini LP670-4 SV, Aston Martin DBS, PPI Razor Audi R8, Mercedes CLS 55 AMG, Maserati Gran Turismo, McLaren SLR, Porsche Panamera Turbo, Range Rover, Ferrari 599 GTB, Lamborghini Gallardo, Maserati Quattroporte, Porsche 997 GT3 RS, Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, Nissan GTR, Porsche GT2 RS, Ferrari 360 Modena, Ferrari 599 GTO, Chevrolet Camaro SS, 1972 Cutlass Supreme Convertible, Cadillac CTS-V, 1967 Shelby Mustang, Lamborghini Aventador, AC Cobra and many many more. It's one of the best events for car spotting in the world with many opportunities for great photos.

How to follow the Rally, if not participating?
Since we live in a digital age, it's not really that hard to follow the ins and outs of the Gumball 3000 Rally of 2012. If you are an avid fan of Twitter you can simply follow the hashtag #Gumball3000, which is the official hashtag for the 2012 Rally. Other places that have good information are, obviously the official website of the Rally as well as the best unofficial fan site which has a lot of good information and a rather good history of the event. Betsafe has a live coverage website that is a must for all those wanting to take part in the event and also is updated on what is going on.

The Agenda
25th MAY - NYC to Toronto
START GRID: Manhattan!!!
Location: Times Square, New York
Date: Friday 25th May
Time: 12 noon
What's happening: The 14th annual Gumball 3000 rally departs from New York at 12 noon!

Checkpoint 1:
Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Date: Friday 25th May
Time: from 19.00 - 20.30

25th MAY - Toronto
City: Bloor Yorkville, Toronto
Date: Friday 25th May
Time: 21.00 - Until 09.00 on 26th

26th MAY - Toronto to Detroit to Indianapolis
Checkpoint 2: Motor City!
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Date: Saturday 26th May
Time: 13.00 - 16.00

26th & 27th MAY - Indianapolis Indy 500 Race!
That's right sports fans! The rally will be making a 2-day pit-stop in Indianapolis to watch the annual, epic Indy500!

Location: Indianapolis, Indy 500 Speedway!
Date: Sunday 27th May
Time: All Day

28th MAY - Indianapolis to Kansas City
Checkpoint 3: Off to St.Louis
Location: St.Louis, The Gateway Arch
Date: Monday 28th May
Time: 15.30 - 18.00

The rally pulls up in Kansas City
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Date: Monday 28th
Time: 22.00

29th MAY - Kansas City to Santa Fe
New Mexico here we come!

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Date: Tuesday 29th May
Time: 19.00

30th May - Santa Fe to Las Vegas
Checkpoint 4
Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona
Date: Wednesday 30th May
Time: 16.00 - 18.00

Viva Las Vegas! In true baller style, the rally pulls up in the world's party capital!!!
Location: The Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada
Date: Wednesday 30th May
Time: 19.00

31st May - Las Vegas to Los Angeles
FINISH LINE: The Hollywood Hills are in sight !!!
Location: Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles
Date: Thursday 31st May
Time: 19.00

Want to enter the Rally?
The fee is 25,000 GBP per car (two people), for a full-on week of partying, high jinks, and adrenaline-fuelled adventure! The fee includes hotels each night, food, parties, and checkpoints on route.

What is Gumball 3000?
The Gumball 3000, the annual rally has become a week-long festival hosting music concerts, action sports demos, art exhibitions, and spectacular car shows in each city center from China to Los Angeles and everywhere in between over the last 13 years! Gumball 3000 promotes safe driving, works with several charities, is supported by authorities and Governments, and is sponsored by global blue-chip companies.

Musicians have included singers from the worlds of pop and R’n’B such as EVE, Swiss Beatz, Bun B, David Guetta, Mario, and Kym Mazelle, as well as Hip Hop heroes Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Pepa (Salt-n-Pepa) and larger-than-life Xzibit. Stars of screens small and large have stepped from in front of the camera to behind the wheel. These have included the brilliant and award-winning Idris Elba, Adrian Brody, Billy Zane, Jason Priestley, Daryl Hannah, Danny Dyer, and Tamer Hassan. Dare devils Steve-O, Jonny Knoxville, Bam Margera, and Chris Pontius have clocked up some miles, not forgetting the legend that is The Hoff! We have been graced with sports "greats" from, Formula 1's Damon Hill and Jenson Button to Racing's Richard Dunwoody and Boxing's Chris Eubank. Extreme sports stars have always been keen participants including an array of world champions such as Tony Hawk, Tara Dakides, Rob Dyrdek, Bucky Lasek, Cory Nastazio, Matt Hoffman, Dave Mirra, and Carey Hart. From the NFL world, stars Reggie Bush, Shawn Merriman, Ndamukong Suh, and Cody Glenn, along with an array of US sports personalities representing their teams across the route! Other Gumball greats who have brought entertainment and glamour in equal measure from across the globe have included Gretchen Rossi, Caprice, Jodie Kidd, Hugh Hefner, Ken Block, head of DC shoes, Big Black (celebrity bodyguard), The Cuban Brothers, Tyson Beckford, Rachel Hunter, and Monika Lewinsky! Through its unique blend of entertainment, culture, and education, Gumball 3000 consistently hits the headlines as the newest addition to "Pop Culture", described by Vanity Fair Magazine as "the most rock 'n' roll car rally ever staged!"

Every year the Gumball rally is broadcast to hundreds of millions of viewers all over the world. With countless films produced and released through Gumball's own independent film company, and the hilarious documentation of one of the Jackass boys' many rallies, it has created a reputation for producing funny, cutting-edge broadcasting. During the week of the rally, it hits the headlines with televised live news reports on MTV, CNN, BBC, SKY, and FOX News along with local networks and online coverage. The event is also filmed as an 8-part series and a documentary that is released internationally on DVD. The 8-part series is aired in over 60 countries on MTV, Channel 4, Extreme Sports Network, Men & Motors, Dave, and Speed Channel among others reaching a mass consumer mainstream audience all over the world.

Gumball 3000 attracts the world’s most prestigious press and media. From exclusive high-end quarterlies to mainstream newspapers and TV. Gumball 3000 produces stories that capture the public’s imagination. Since 1999 Gumball 3000 has been featured on the cover of Vanity Fair, GQ, Esquire, Maxim, and FHM among others. Our online presence is a major factor in publicizing the event throughout the year with receiving over a million hits a day during the rally. Gumball, with its already well-established style and identity, combines seamlessly with sporting and fashion brands alike to create one-off attention-grabbing pieces. License deals and co-branded products have been an integral part of building the relationship which gains phenomenal PR exposure. Gumball 3000 has collaborated with several footwear brands, watchmakers, fashion labels, underground streetwear companies, energy drinks, and many other world-class brands.

Mathias Haegglund Code Collector, Globetrotter, and Occasional Gamer.