These are the posts from the Gumball rally in 2004. Please keep in mind, I was running on no sleep, and very high stress situations, and in some cases trying to use arabic keyboards to write. It was a challenge just to post these messages at the time during the rally as just getting access to the internet in places like Marakesh at 2 in the morning was a challenge.




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Icon 1 posted May 04, 2004 10:11 AM      Profile for EVILRACER   Email EVILRACER   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hey guys,

We made it and no major problems so far. Things are 100% insane here in Paris. Race starts tommorow and all of Paris is watching as we parade down champs elysee for all to see. Its like a friggin movie as there is press everywhere and fans. We are so busy prepping for the start, and honestly I now see where we can really have some problems now that I am here and see things. Here what Im going to do. I will going to write a blurb every couple of days to keep and post to for you guys. I have a European cellphone that takes pictures. I will occasionally take a picture and send to you direct from cell phone. The picture sucks but you will get an idea. The truth is I may not ever got to email again because I see lots of problems and things are just friggin nuts. I have never seen so many crazy and eccentric people in my life. So if I don't email don't assume Im dead or in jail, somebody -will call if it gets that bad.

Thanks and see you in couple weeks. Hope you get things under control cause I really got my hands full.

Thanks,

Robb

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Icon 1 posted May 06, 2004 03:26 PM      Profile for EVILRACER   Email EVILRACER   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
To everyone,

Things are literally insane. I hava just come off a 14 hours straight drive myself with no breaks except for gas and am now have gone literally without sleep for almost 40 hours and running on pure adreniline. 180 of us started the rally at the Effifel tower ran through Paris South to Aubon, ran through Borgeouax then strait to Madrid full out. People have been arrested many broken down , and tickets for some.

We made it to Madrid right at the deadline at 12:00 today and then had to run for 5 6 more hours straight to Marbella where I type now for the crossing at the Straight of Gebralter. I never met such a collection of crazy eccentric people and think I myself have gone mad with no sleep and running at my safe limit.Proud to say up until 30 minutes out of Madrid we beat an Enzo Ferrari and a 360 Modena. Car is running great although we broke both shocks running so hard through the mountainous bumpy areas.We beat about 2 thirds of the cars to Madrid. Fans lined up throught the roads we were taking in all countries and waited for us at all hours at toll boths , highway crossings etc. Some of our friends including one with a 150k custom made Chevy SSR flown here for the race already broke down and many have had to abandoned it do due mechanical problems. fortunaltley everybody helsps each other and a caravan of famous guys called Yahoo Boys I think ( japanese version of Jackass)picked him up to take the rest of the way in a Winnibago.

Things are hectic and we cross into Morroco in 8AM tommorow morning. The reaction of so many exotics racing through cities has been amazing and its almost like we are part of some famous racing team with all the fans and press. Many police are cooperative and just want to see the cars. Without GPS we would have been dead and lots of things that could have gone wrong did to others.

I am exhasted and am going to sleep now for about 6 hours rest before the second big run into Morroco. Things are quite hectic and my plan to email pictures didnt work because of some cell phone problem.

will post again when I can

Rob

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Icon 1 posted May 07, 2004 07:25 PM      Profile for EVILRACER   Email EVILRACER   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hello all-another insane run today. Cars loqded onto the ferry and the king of Morroco had all police escort us into highway and full permision to speed. people lined up along highways to cheer us on_donkeys cemels everywhere-a few accidents-We fist raced to casablanca then marrakesh-speaking no french or aarabic was a problem, finding checkpoint which was ricks cafe-ran late after pulling over to help an enzo that blew a tire-we patrched it up - and the air compressor was handy-just now got in after 12 hours_running back to Fez to_lots of stories-crazy ones-tensions high with all the stress-gas is a problem and if we can make it the 600 miles to fez we should be home free- now - 2:30 am and i get up in 4 hours to leave so gotta run

bye all

Robb

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Icon 1 posted May 09, 2004 10:21 AM      Profile for EVILRACER   Email EVILRACER   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hello all-
first opportunity to write this. Yesterday was the best and almost worst day of my life. The run to Fez and the port was the mosst hardcore driving I have ever done. I drove as fast as I can literally for about 10 hours straight up all mountanous terrain. We were chasing the Modenas and keeping with them easily in the mountains because the gearing was low. When we started a professional rally driver we know flipped and totalled his car and injured just in front of us.
Then we had the ferraris wreck in front of us because of our pace, up the mountains and then anothjer friend totalled his viper. We were racing at speeds I honesty am not proud of. The level of concentration required to operate for 8-10 hopurs with no sleep is tough. 6 cars totalled. Out of 180 maybe 120 left.

I almost quit yesterterday because of the crashes and I think we did terrible disservice to the hospitible people of Morroco and the king who hosted us.

The police were lined up strategically over the 500 mile run yesterday the entire way to assist us and pull people over in our way. We had card blanche and abused it. Fans lined up all across the townns we ran through just like the WRC races. It was an amazing experience. We finished this leg maybe top third. I will never drive at tht level again.

Today we ran to Barcelona and missed the F1 races because we started late with the ferry , and the cops grabbed us all and give us each 700 dollar fines for illegal racing. Helicopters were looking for us. Bullshit charge becaus ethey could not prove the speed on everyone but some were clocked doing 190. we were nowhere near those speeds as that is absuurd and dangerous.

We have met so many fans and interesting people it has been great but seriously considering the danger and ethics of this event. The organizer is a snobby chap how dosnt give a shit about anything but his money and there have been times I have wanted to take him to task.

Anyway-final run to Cannes is tommorow.Goal is to make it in one peace and no mechnical failures whichj have been prevelant for others. French police are waiting for us. Real possibility ofjail for some. I will do my best not to be one of them.

Team Saleen is doing well.

all the best,

Rob

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Icon 1 posted May 11, 2004 10:26 AM      Profile for EVILRACER   Email EVILRACER   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
ok I anm re writing thinqs as my last post clicked out when I ran out of time-This is a french keyboard-want to kill the hotel for this

We missd the f1 RACE IN Barcelona because we all got nabbed as a group for illegal racing_we had to pay 315 euro fines to be released and to get them back we put it on the credit card and charged it back when wr left-we also took gumball stickes and put onpolice cars and backs of the uniforms-was crazy

got to barcelona and I ran out of minutes on my UK mobile so I left the hotel while Mike and T checked in andf got Lost-found mysemf at a and people noticed the car and two very nice spanish girls helped me by taking to a place to get the card topped off which was almost impossible on a Sunday-They joined us to afrer dinner part with a friend who is into cars Everyone know about the gumball as we made the news for the arrests

Run hardnext morning with our chace van before entering France_French can hold you withiout charge indefinatley so very scqry-we used mobiles and walkies to inform each other abuiot the traps and severl shot radar and took pictures of us runnning to the checkpoint- we used alternate routes and were not nabbed-made it to Paul Piccard F& test racing track but blew a wheel bearing so didnt run on the track- went in a 99-cab just like tars evin same color and was great-

the run to the finish was up windy roads and I was uin the SSr in gfront of T in thze saleen_got two blocks from finsih anf place was so mobbed everyone was stuck in tragffic_ran out of gas almost was on fumes but grabbed a é gallon tank from out support vehicle- t finished and was treated like a star as a woman with many photogrphers

The party afrter was crazy and like a celebrity event_I dont drink as ,ost know but after what felt like a war got drunk-allmost bought a ferrari fro, a brithish chap in my stupid but sobered up this morning_glad to be hear alive and with no mechqnicql issues

Guy on the motorcycle in morroco lost his leg due to wrong blood type and no circulation horrible organization but ill rant abiout that later-the Aya boys fro, mtv asia also got fucked by max and have plotted real revenge-one of guys fro, uf so we hit it off

got in small altercation today over parking spot which got broken up before it got physical-I got the spot -lol

Glad to be done and fly to london in the morning

see you all soon

Robb
 

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