Now in its fifth year, the Gumball Rally has earned itself a reputation as one of the maddest and most bizarre races to be held annually. This year over 165 cars took part, mostly ranging from the high-tech lines of a McLaren F1 to Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches, i.e. your average, everyday humdinger of a sports car, except for one - a trusty and reliable Volvo estate driven by authors Clement Wilson and the former champion jockey Richard Dunwoody. This is the story of the rally and their escapades, as they charged down from the start line in Paris towards Madrid and Marbella via Biarritz and across to Morocco before coming back towards Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix and on to the finishing line in Cannes, just in time for the film festival. With stars such as the original Cannonballer himself, Burt Reynolds, Chris Eubank, Goldie, Jodie Kidd, 50 Cent and the guys from Jackass all taking part, the thrills and spills were guaranteed. Funny and fascinating by turns, The Gumball Rally is a fast-paced record of what it's like to get lost in the African desert, party with kings, princes and French DJs and pass a Ferrari at 150mph!
Clement Wilson is currently the Senior Features Writer & Motoring Correspondent for The European Magazine. He is a former used-car dealer and veteran of many classic rallies. Richard Dunwoody is a former National Hunt jockey and rode 1,699 winnters in Britain, becoming Champion Jockey three times. He was awarded the MBE in 1993. he has written columns for The Daily Telegraph.