If you go to www.gumball3000.com, you can watch the second-by-second countdown to Gumball 3000, the only event we know that the organizers plan “so that it does not clash with the Monaco Grand Prix and the Cannes Film Festival, two events that many of our clientele regularly attend.” In the past, the Gumball Rally has covered Europe, North America, North Africa and Asia. This year's event starts in L.A., so you can gather to cheer on the 120 cars as they rev off on an eight-day, 3,000-mile drive to Miami. Here's the press poop: “Some say it's a modern-day version of the infamous 1970s Burt Reynolds Cannonball Run movies, and we have to agree that it does share similarities, attracting the most eccentric group of thrill-seekers imaginable, from vintage to modern supercars, and from rock stars and sheiks to the simple car enthusiast.” Are you thinking what I'm thinking? (Pssst: Eurotrash.) The event is run by Maximillion Cooper, who lists “artist, fashion designer, film director, racing driver and skateboarder” as occupations. You can enter the rally for $44,000! Celebs jump on and off at various points. David Hasselhoff comes aboard at some point, and Motorhead's Lemmy will be at the starting line to climb aboard the Fuel Girls's jalopy for the leg to Las Vegas. Who are the Fuel Girls? “Kick-ass, ultra-sexy, fire-breathing rock-and-roll, dance and stunt” gals from the U.K. — in their hand-painted 1960 Cadillac De Ville.” I would love to know what's going to go on in that backseat.

Fri., May 1; Sat., May 2, 2009

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