What is the Gumball Rally 3000? It’s 100 really high end sports cars driving from Times Square to LA. They made an overnight stop in Santa Fe, on Tuesday on their way to the Grand Canyon and Los Vegas and then, finally to LA. A crowd came to the historic Plaza to view these expensive, high-performance toys. After all, what’s the fun of having an expensive toy if you can’t play with it? The cars, all painted and stickered for the event, arrived in the evening and into the night. They were on view again on Wednesday morning before departing for points west.
These folks had the best seat in the house as the Gumball 3000 came into Santa Fe, completing the Kansas City to Santa Fe leg of the Times Square to LA in 7 days rally.
Cars ranged from Corvettes…
To pricey Bugatti Veyrons. This Volkswagon beauty is the most expensive production car in the world with a price tag of around $3,000.000.
With lots of unique variants between, like this tricked out ’57 Chevy. There were even Bentleys and Rolls Royces (one reportedly driven by a Shiek.
Entrants came from all over the world; this Mercedes from Dubai.
Cars checked in at Lincoln and Palace
Some of the cars were on display at the Plaza the next morning.
Charles Morgan, grandson of Henry Fredrick Stanley Morgan, founder of the Morgan Motor Company, was driving a newly made Morgan three-wheeler.
This one looked ready to go off roading.
This Shelby Cobra, driven by Rally organizer Maximillion Cooper had to be transported to Las Vegas because of transmission problems. With luck they will find the necessary parts there and be able to drive the final leg to LA.
The rally left town with a police motorcycle escort moved on its way Las Vegas with a stop at the Grand Canyon.
That’s it. Maybe they’ll be back next year.
The party’s over; time for Santa Fe to get back to its normal Summer bustle.