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Monday, April 30, 2007

Next stop, Istanbul

Pall Mall today was taken over by the Gumball 3000 Rally. What? You've never heard of it? Maybe that'll be because you can't afford the £28,000 it costs to enter. The rally goes from London to Istanbul and back, dropping in on loads of places on the way.

Basically, its a beano for the ultra wealthy. As the announcer said "If you have a Lamborghini today, it REALLY doesn't stand out".

More pics of the exotic cars here.

posted by Ham at 00:07 -- Comments here: 10

Comments on "Next stop, Istanbul"


Blogger Gerald (SK14) said ... (08:26) : 

Is this an annual event? I vaguely recall seeing pictures of it setting off last year on some blog or other.

Today Hyde DP is revisiting those that took part in the 2006 "other city" theme, with links to the other participants.


Blogger Michael Salone said ... (09:50) : 

What's a "beano"?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:53) : 

"Beano" short form of "beanfeast" is a traditional british word for a festivity.
Its origins are in the annual day off or outing which landowners and factory owners would give to their workforces.
Apart from copious amounts of alcohol, the centrepiece was a meal of beans and bacon.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (15:38) : 

There was a 1976 movie about this race called The Gumball Rally. I haven't seen it but I understand Cannonball Run was based on this race.


Blogger Cheltenhamdailyphoto said ... (16:48) : 

How wonderful that you've been able to get down there to watch! Pall Mall mmmm memories. Historically called Pell Mell, i used to walk along there from dining at the RAC club before turning by St. James' palace and The Mall to Buck House (for tea of course). What an awful show-off i am today.


Blogger Ham said ... (17:23) : 

Gerald, yes it is annual. I shudder to think of the money going down the collective plughole.

Anon - thanks!

Pilotgirl - Turns out that the history goes back to 1933.

Lynn - Lol! I'll believe the RAC bit.


Blogger Cheltenhamdailyphoto said ... (17:46) : 

he he you'd be right; the reality is that i did indeed walk to Buck House and i DID have tea - erm - at the tea shop almost opposite at the side, whilst waiting for my lift

Ham, i can't seem to find it anywhere; can you let me know what theme day is?


Blogger Cheltenhamdailyphoto said ... (18:10) : 

By the way, you haven't landed some deal of a complimentary Olympus for advertising have you? If so, can i have one?


Blogger Kate said ... (16:57) : 

I would have loved to have been there.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (22:59) : 

Yup And that Guy Is Hmmm Kuwaiti For Sure wooow See the Number Plate ;) Go On Kuwaitis Keep us Proud


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