"The history of the 'Gumball' all began with a man named Robert 'Cannonball' Baker in the US back in the early twentieth century. "Cannonball" became his nickname after he drove a Cadillac from San Diego to New York in 7 days, 11 hours and 52 minutes and began promoting his services to manufacturers with the slogan, "No record, no pay."
Baker's fastest official cross-country time was 53.5 hours in a 1933 Graham.
Long after 'Cannonball Baker' had passed away the 'Cannonball' legend continued, as did the quest to race across America as quickly as possible. A 'semi-official' rally began in the early 1970s under the name of the 'Gumball' continuing the pioneering spirit that he had created, and the New York to Los Angeles record was set at an impressive 33 hours 12 minutes! "
"Between Thursday April 25th - Tuesday April 30th 2002 the Gumball 3000 rally will take part across the USA. It will be sure to test the endurance and sheer determination of all who take part more so than ever before. From supermodel to rock star, racing driver to simple car enthusiast, the rally is a test of 3000 miles across the world's greatest Continent, punctuated by the wildest parties each evening!"www.gumball3000.com
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