• May 9, 2009
Click above for a hi-res gallery of the Gumballers' arrival at South Beach

Well folks, it's over. The wacky/insipid/annoying (all-of-the-above?) 2009 edition of the Gumball 3000 wrapped things up with the drivers' arrival in Miami Beach. Freelance journo and friend of Autoblog Myles Kornblatt was there, and he ends his coverage with one final photo gallery and this report:

There's something special about seeing ultra-rare cars at the end of an eight-day, 3000-mile road trip. By the time the 2009 Gumball 3000 ended in Miami on Friday evening not only were the drivers visibly road weary, but so were their vehicles. Supercars were built to be driven, and these machines had the dead bugs, brake dust and road scars to prove it.

One hundred and twenty-three teams participated in the 11th running of the Gumball, and according to rally VP Julie Brangstrup, everyone finished. "Every Gumballer has the spirit to do whatever it takes to cross the finish line." Unfortunately not all the vehicles shared their driver's determination, and so some rental cars finished as stand-ins for injured road warriors. One Gumballer was even on his third vehicle by the time he reached Miami.

Some enthusiasts see the Gumball as a rip-off of the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash (which has evolved into today's One Lap of America.) That's not completely true. The term "Gumball Rally" was first used on a 1976 road race film that Cannonball founder Brock Yates considers to be sort of a bastard child of his rally. The Gumball Rally was Hollywood's excuse to use some minor celebrates for an over-the-top take on the road race (it even features a pre-crazy Gary Busey.) Today, the Gumball 3000 uses a mix of famous, rich and half-crazed participants, who are more about the party than the time clock. Any enthusiast who has seen the film (anyone who is a car guy/girl should,) knows these good-timing Gumballers have as much character as a movie script.




Photos Copyright ©2009 Myles Kornblatt / Weblogs, Inc.


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      Philometalist
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who Won?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Philometalist
        No one - they're all losers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Philometalist
        Ah, I wish I could wake my still drunken butt to go hop in a Ferrari to continue trekking across the nation. What a time that would be.
        Jesse Fuller
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Philometalist
        Danny & the Dingo in the Monster RV did, an RV won the GB3K...
      • 5 Years Ago
      How come the greenies never protested about the Gumball?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because the hollywoods and the greenies are one in the same.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the token prius participating :).
      • 5 Years Ago
      In a game full of losers, there can be no winners. In theory, it sounds like a good time, but I'd rather not be associated with these d-bags.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What makes you think half of these 'bags own their cars? I'd bet more than one of those F430s is leased (along with the requisite McMansions).

        1. Get some tats and do a backflip on a child's bike
        2. ?
        3. Lease a Murcielago!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sounds like a good time to me. The real douches are the ones who buy these cars only to putter around South Beach or commute between Manhattan and the Hamptons.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gumball rally is here to prove that if you're an average Joe, you have to shut up, pay taxes and do as law says you to.

      If you're rich on the other hand, money will pull you out of any problem or law offense. Risking other average Joes lives does not matter.

      It's just a message that humans are anything but equal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Rolls owner who covered the front of the car in wite tear-away plastic was smart. The rolls and the Bentley are proficient in collecting bugs. Look inside the gold-fendered Veyron. Fastest. Jackalope. EVER.
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