Batman Does Gumball 3000

By Kevin | 6th May 2013 | Category: Charity | Leave a comment

Batman Master

We all want to be Batman!

Fans build real-life Dark Knight Tumbler To Take Part in Light Day and Dark Night

Let’s be honest. If we were given a stackload of money and told to go away and build your own car, and you could build any car that you wanted, you would choose to build a Batmobile.

IMG_0255Don’t lie! Come on! You know you would! Who wouldn’t want to be Bruce Wayne putting those special touches onto a special car, flashing the cash around with no care so that you can get EXACTLY what you want when it comes to the ultimate crime-fighting motor.

Even Prince William wants one, as revealed when he walked around the Warner Bros Studios with both his wife and his brother, wondering aloud if the Batmobile had a baby seat in it. (For your information, Catwoman is the mother of Batman’s child – if one of the cartoons that my grandson Ted watches is to be believed.)

Well; that’s what a group of wealthy car enthusiasts over in Florida have done and created a completely road legal Batmobile with a top speed of 100mph.

What about me?

What about me?

Rather than take as their inspiration what could be termed the ‘iconic Batmobile’ in the shape of Adam West’s TV contraption (my own personal choice if I am honest) , they have been inspired by the ‘Tumbler’ version that appeared in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman’ series – the updated version of the Caped Crusader’s adventures.

Team Galag, as the group of Florida-based philanthropists (aged between 21 and 34 from places as diverse as the UK, Germany, USA and Saudi Arabia) call themselves, are regular participants in the infamous 3,000 mile Gumball 3000 rally, joining other rich (and occasionally famous) drivers on Europe’s roads in a group of increasingly exotic motors – none more so than this one.

So; I turn left at Stockholm...

So; I turn left at Stockholm...

Starting off in Denmark’s Copenhagen capital on May 18, the race passes through Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga, Warsaw, Krakow and Vienna before finally ending up in Monaco just in time for the F1 grand prix.

One member of Team Galag said: "The main reason behind doing the Tumbler was that we wanted to bring back a little originality and fun to the Gumball 3000, something it was always known for. We wanted to capture the spirit of movies and cartoons such as Cannonball [Run] and Wacky Races, while keeping with the cool and rock and roll image of the rally.

"Car number 74 (The Tumbler’s entry) is not your regular supercar. Who cares that it weighs 2.5 tonnes and is wider than a truck, it is certain to turn heads and blow eardrums all the way from Copenhagen to Monte Carlo."

I’ll be the one watching with a green {with envy} face.

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