Cold, wet and waiting for a flatbed lorry to piggyback us to Oslo. That’s not what I had in mind for Day One of my first Gumball Rally. But as I’ve quickly learned, when you’re Gumballing literally anything can happen. It all started so well, if not a bit, er, fuzzily. Having attended the opening party the night before – that just so happened to coincide with my birthday – I can confirm that Gumball’s uber-party claims don’t need to be taken with a pinch of salt. Unless you’re drinking tequila, that is. Let us say only this: the Gumball crew discovered it was a day of celebration for me, and the celebrations were thorough indeed. Early next morning a sea of glazed eyes filled Stockholm’s Grand Hotel ballroom for a drivers meeting. Flanked by the head of Swedish police, Gumball founder Maximillion Cooper gave a pep talk ordering us to have fun, not drink and drive, and watch out for moose on the road. I underlined that last point a few times. So with Stockholm’s streets lined with selfie sticks and kids hanging precariously from street furniture, the rally kicked off outside the Royal Palace at midday. The Gumball cars leave in order of generosity… Read full this story
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