As I type, 150 brightly colored, wrapped and logo’ed cars, SUVs and anything in between are arriving in Toronto on the first day of the Gumball 3000 cross-country rally. The festive exotic-heavy field of participants lined up Thursday night in New York City’s Times Square in spite of fog, rain and and huge crowds. Tightly packed, the cars filled up two New York City blocks. [Read more…]
Over the years here in The Garage, we’ve been lucky to have become friends with a number of people who have been rather involved with the sport of underground cross country rallying. In each case, these folks choose to race German cars exclusively. With one rather notorious exception, the brand of choice is always Porsche. Why? Because they run like a tank. In fact, it seems to be a pretty common joke amongst the Porsche drivers that whenever they see an Italian sports car on the route it is broken down on the side of the road or sitting atop a flatbed.
It should come as no surprise then that JD Power’s latest dependability study names Porsche as the number one brand for vehicle reliability. The JD Power rankings are perhaps the most important quality reports for a car manufacturer in the US market, obviously the largest market in the world. The irony is that the consumers who know this best are the ones who actually use their Porsches for what they were meant for: driving fast!
As an aside, even that rather notorious exception now has a Porsche racing under the team colors!
That’s right, a wild and woolie bunch of rich guys and celebs are leaving London tomorrow morning on their way to Asia and back. This year, they’ve added a helicopter to the fleet of support vehicles, except the chopper’s job is to send video out to the world!
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As a kid, the opening scene from Gumball Rally were burned into my brain. What could be better than a secret society of oddball characters in hot cars racing across the land without a care for local speed limits?
The modern version is called Gumball 3000 and it’s a lot more organized and a tiny bit more lawful, but it still exudes the same excitement. The star studded 2007 edition kicks off this Sunday in London, England before making it’s way to Asia and then back to London.