Gumball 3000 invades Regent Street

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Every year the Gumball 3000 Rally sees an eclectic group of celebs trekking wacky cars around the globe. We couldn’t resist the opportunity to check out this street party as the rich (and some famous) petrol heads took over one of London’s landmark streets.

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Regent Street was closed from Oxford Circus through to Piccadilly Circus for this car takeover being just one of four traffic free events on the world-famous stretch of tarmac in 2014.

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Established in 1999, Gumball is a 3000 mile rally over six days which has drawn in some top celebrities.
This year, the adventure will sees entrants journey from Miami to Ibiza. With a flight from New York to Edinburgh the cars passed through five countries before reaching their destination.

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During the day’s entertainment, music created a real festival atomosphere. The highlight for us was the display of cars through the ages from the London Motor Museum. This crisp 1984 Countach 5000s looking stunning in the sun.

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The cult classic DB5 will always remain a head- turner for both young and old. This 1964 example, is 50 years old this year. The DB5 is still and will always remain a timeless statement of automobile design.

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A bulging crowd of approximately 500,000 came for a look at the high-horsepower attention seekers. With its raw exterior finish, this 1952 Chevy Speedster drew lots of second glances.

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A real bright spark was this ’32 Ford Roadster.

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Old school dials combined with some subtle enhancements. The perfect bespoke interior.

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The Mercedes AMG Gumball 3000 support car.

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Perfect pin-stripping.

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A Peterbilt 379 used in Transformers to portray Optimus Prime’s regular mode.

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BMX Vert Series competitions rose to the occasion.

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This 2007 Shelby Supercar Ultimate Aero uses supercharged V8 Chevrolet. Before the Veyron dominance. this model was listed in the Guinness World Records as the fastest production car in the world.

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Abarth, as Gumball sponsors had numerous specced-up pocket rockets on show.

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As the sun went down the crowd waited patiently for the Gumball 3000 machinery to arrive. Camera phones ready to click away and everyone seemed to have an SLR on hand ready to capture the moment.

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With huge crowds entry 24 was a father and son team in a 2011 Audi R8 V10.

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Many of the cars competing in this year’s 3000 had a matte effect wrap with distinctive graphic designs.

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This 2005 Ford GT made some impressive noise.

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Most if not all the cars gave a few enthusiastic revs along the street, much to the crowds delight.

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It was doors open on this Spyker as it grumbled down the straight.

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Along with a few Range Rovers and Abarth 500’s, this was one of the more ‘ordinary’ Gumballers.

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This team from Dubai rocking a very cool purple Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Edition 1.

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Every young boy’s dream. Team 88, a 2014 Ferrari 458 Spider was Husband and Wife Dream Team, the team was nicknamed team FIYOLO “F*** it You Only Live Once”

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The cars of Gumball have a unique look and style…to stand out in this field you have to really pull out something special. This MP412C pulls it off to perfection.

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Tim Burton and his McLaren 12C Coupe ‘Shmeemobile’

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A Lambo in the perfect colour choice.

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Around the area, car fans cruised throughout the night.

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Long after the Gumball cars had been put under wraps for their onward journey the following morning.

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Hopefully next year we will be able to check out this unique event again. We hope you have enjoyed our coverage of the Gumball 3000 stop over in London. Stay tuned…we will be bringing you our insights into Motorexpo very shortly.

Photo Acknowledgement- All images without the Driven Threads watermark have been generously provided by Santosh Radhakrishna.

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