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#1 Nick Winter

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 05:26 PM

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Ladies, Gentlemen, you have been selected because you have the necessary skills. You are here because you have the determination to succeed. Now, it won't be as easy as last year. There are some who will use any means to try and stop us. Some of you won't make it. For those of you who do, there'll be no glory, no headlines. But... just a few magic hours flat out against the red line, with no catalytic converter and no 55 mile-an-hour speed limit.

Ladies and gentlemen... The MCM Gumball Rally has begun!

Um, for those of you who never done this before, I think I better go over the rules. Um, first thing to remember is there are no rules. (Refer to the rules below, please)

The first vehicle to reach the parking lot of the Queen Mary in Long Beach is the winner, the unofficial winner, as this is an unofficial race. And, uh, so it follows that none of us are in this race. We don't want any civilian involvement. No accidents, please. Remember, it's 2,900 miles. That, 34 hours and 11 minutes, is the record.


Now I know we all oughta get some rest tonight, but, uh, may I? I'd like to propose a toast... to internal combustion and wind in the face.

Start: December 31th 2011, 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

End: December 31st 2012, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

Rules:


1. First photo must show starting point (re-builders, fresh kits and barely started kits only please)

2. All cars must be street legal appearing. (So no racing numbers, or Huge sponsors, sponsor decals are welcomed though, just don’t get crazy with them)

3. All participants must PM me their entry. (Year, Make, Model)

4. We are trying to keep the playing field even, so only vehicles from ’50-’85 are going to be allowed entry (this time)


Possible Suggestions:

· If your going to be Gumball Ready you may want some extra lighting for those long stretches in the pitch black.

· You may also want to know about roadblocks, lane closers, and the occasional Smokey Report, so you may want a CB or Scanner.

Remember, “It's not a risk... it's a challenge.”


Nick
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Entries:

1. hvymtl- 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
2. Nick Winter- 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans AM
3. Haubenschild- ?
4. W-409- 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
5. 1zebra3- ?
6. timc- 1969 Dodge Charger R/T, 1966 AC Shelby Cobra 427
7. martinfan5- ?
8. Swifster- ?
9. Mr. Moparman- 1974 Dodge Charger
10. TonyT- 1977 Ford Mustang II
11. wgflatliner- 1970 Dodge Super Bee
12. Patami- 1965 Ford Mustang
13. VWDave- 1970 1/2 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
14. Car Crazy 81- 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
15. jcbigpaw- ?
16. slantasaurus- 1984 Dodge Shelby Daytona
17. Wagonmaster- 1969 Plymouth GTX
18. CorvairJim- ? Chevrolet Corvair
19. Dingo5162- 1969 Ford Falcon XT GT
20. ChevyCoupe41- '69 AMC Rambler American
21. remingtonbox- '61 Ford Ranchero
22. dyl_w@comcast.net- '69 Mustang Mach 1
23. FatManScaleDesigns- Ford Courier

Edited by Nick Winter, 28 July 2012 - 11:40 AM.


#2 hvymtl

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 06:25 PM

AHHH this is for me the open road with a screaming 427 s/c at my command
too fun. would be a wreck physically after finishing
Roll on Yellow Camaro !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was involved in the other rally over "there". and i look forward to this build off whether i am
in or not

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 06:58 PM

sounds interesting but somehow i feel like i did on my wedding night...i know i want in but im afraid that i dont know the whole story

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 07:14 PM

I think I might have to do this one, I will start thinking about a vehicle to use

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 09:02 PM

Im in. Dont know what car I want to enter yet but I have several ideas.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:02 AM

I'm just glad i'm not the only one who remembers this. The name of this race was eventually usurped and changed to the Cannonball run. The Gumball Rally however, is where it all stated for me. :)


Actually, "The Cannonball Baker Sea To Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash", an actual coast to coast race over public highways, was started in the early 1970's, the brainchild of magazine writer and sometimes race driver and commentator Brock Yates and sponsored by Car and Driver magazine. "THE GUMBALL RALLY" was a spoof on the actual event. The first "Cannonball" was won by Yates and Dan Gurney in a race-prepped Hemi Challenger. In a later running of the event, Hollywood stunt coordinator Hal Needham took part in a much-modified, Hemi-packing Dodge van-based ambulance, It was this participation that got Needham fired up to produce "THE CANNONBALL RUN" with his buddy Burt Reynolds. In fact, that ambulance was the same vehicle used by Reynolds and Dom DeLuise in "CANNONBALL". The Yates/Gurney Challenger made a cameo appearance in the movie as well.

The two hotties in the Lamborghini Countach were also based on an actual team that took part in the inaugural event. A trio of women with racing ties including "The Pink Lady" Donna Mae Mims and Judy Stropus (I forget the name of the third lady just offhand) took part in a borrowed Cadillac limousine and sponsored by the Right Bra company. Donna Mae, in her own immutable style, chose to do the run braless! Their race came to a rather abrupt end in the wilds of darkest Texas (they had decided to take a southern route to avoid the winter weather up north on a more direct route) when the third team member fell asleep at the wheel and rolled the Caddy over in a roadside ditch!

While I remember both films fondly, to me the original, "THE GUMBALL RALLY", is still the better of the two.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:08 AM

BTW - Nick, I almost forgot! If I can find the time between all the other builds I'm committed to (I have a commission to do a '77 Firebird Esprit by the end of February, and I haven't even gotten the photos of the actual car from the customer yet!), I've got to jump in on this one! It'll be either a mid-engine V-8 powered Corvair or my own take on the yellow big block Camaro from the movie.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 07:03 AM

....what's behind me is not important.....


hmmm, almost a year to finish...let me look thru the stash....

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 08:06 AM

I might as well join too.I'll let you know what I'm bringin to the table later Nick.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 10:35 AM

Hmm got a Ferrari 250 swb that i could run in this or a Karmann giha. Both should fit in the time frame. Have only one question would it be possible to put an contemporary engine in them? For the Ferrari i have planed the 612 engine and for the Karmann the Carrera gt engine. If it will be ok whit those engines to take part in the build then im in whit the Karmann.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 10:48 AM

Nick you can put down for this one, still unsure still on vehicle I will use

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 03:45 PM

neither of those vehicles had Hemi's for power, the Challenger had a Cotton Owens prepped 340 and the van had a Dick Landy built 440


Thanks D i wanted to post that but was stuck at work . i have the Brock Yates book Cannonball
very good read.
Also i have a question are the cars allowed to have modern gear or are we limited to the year cut off?


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Posted 24 December 2011 - 04:32 PM

In but no decision on a vehicle...

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:23 PM

The Gumball Rally is one of my favourite car movies!

I'm in...will have to decide on a ride, but would be interested in building something for this!!

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:30 PM

Okay, No problem Tony, that seems to be the hardest part for the majority of us, I'm sure we all have plenty of idea's, just need a base to work off of.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:32 PM

Precisely! The sky's the limit, though!!

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 07:16 PM

neither of those vehicles had Hemi's for power, the Challenger had a Cotton Owens prepped 340 and the van had a Dick Landy built 440


Thank you, DD. I stand corrected... It's been a long time since I read up on the subject. :wacko:

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 08:04 PM

:P I got the first team effort in the gumball.69 charger r/t and a 427sc cobra,so you guys better be watchin your mirrors cause that blue blurr you see comin is me.
Not because of my fuzzy pics either :lol: Let's have fun with this guys.later bigtim

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 01:10 AM

I see no problem that Patrik.
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Ok then i m in with the Karmann.

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 08:15 AM

I am in. Might do two but one is definitely a 1970 dodge coronet super bee. If I do a second it will be a 1/16 1955 Mercedes 300SL gull wing club sport rally version.