Đối với những tín đồ bốn bánh, Gumball 3000 luôn là một sự kiện trong mơ. Năm nay, chúng tôi tham gia đoàn xe trên chiếc Jaguar XF Sportbrake, và đây là bài tường thuật đầu tiên của chúng tôi về sự kiện này.
Ảnh: Christian Kalse
On Friday, just before the Gumball 3000 arrived in Europe, we pasted some stickers on our Jaguar. We did this to get some more attention during the rally and we have to say that we got a lot of attention. At Sunday, when everybody arrived in Edinburgh, we headed to Calais to prepare us for the first cars. Very early, on the Monday morning we were present at the Total gas station in Calais. We were a bit too early because we had to wait three hours before the first car showed up. Despite tha waiting, we had a great time at the parking lot and met a lot of new people. It's great to see the harmony between car fanatics at this great event. The first cars were expected around 15:00, but the really fast guys, who missed a checkpoint, arrived around 14:00 at the gas station. More and more people were showing up to take a look at the cars. The next load of cars arrived at 16:00. It was worth the waith because the crowd wasn't only going insane, the participants were going insane too. We were waiting for Team Galag to join them on our way to Paris. They arrived around 18:00 in Calais and we quickly hit the highway on our road to Paris. The Gumball 3000 is a great event, on viaducts, bridges and everywhere along the road you will see fans who're making photos and waving at you. A great feeling to be a part of this event again. We managed to make some nice photos on our way to Paris but the following photo shows us that the Gumball 3000 isn'always fun. This Cobra got a blowout at 200 kph and needed a few hundred meters before it finally stopped. Luckily, nobody was injured in this crash.
Once we arrived in the city of love, Paris, we could enjoy the lovely sunset. It feels even better when you imagine the fact that you're driving on Avenue des Champs-Élysées together with a McLaren P1 and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG in front of you. Once the cars were parked it was finally time to close our eyes and prepare ourselves for the next day, a long ride to Barcelona!