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      See Steve's exclusive Gumball Rally video from NBC-TV's Whipnotic website (copy and paste): Over 120 gas-guzzling super-exotic sports cars, Hummers, Cadillac Escalade SUVs and an occasional interesting older car roared on May 2, 2009, from a California beach-side parking lot directly onto I-10, the Santa Monica Freeway, also known as the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway, for the start of this year's Gumball Rally. The world's most politically-incorrect automotive street event, the Gumball Rally 3000, left Santa Monica (CA) Pier on Saturday, May 2, 2009 and headed toward its ultimate destination of Miami, FL eight days later. Participants reportedly paid $44,000 per car/team to enter the event. Though the Gumball stresses the skills of its drivers (and their cars) there are only two race track "special section" stops scheduled for the 3,000-mile long event, which will be run on public roads with all entrants subject to all highway rules and regulations. All photos (c) 2009 by


    August 23, 2006


    Steve Parker

    Hi Richard! Hope things are good for you and yours over at Financial TV!

    Thanks so much for your kind comments about what we put together on Robert Petersen and remembering him too in our Pebble Beach story.

    I guess the truth is he never DID write a book --- Let that be a warning to all the people in the car business who think they SHOULD write one --- Go on and do it!

    Thanks again!


    Richard Saxton

    Steve, Just read your tribute to Pete, excellent work, amazing stories about a great guy who was always available for an interview and seen regularly at "his table" at Spago. Please give me details on the May 10 event. Cheers, Richard

    Steve Parker

    Thanks for the kind comments and I encourage our readers to visit your very cool photographic site!

    Car-lovers should try to make it to Pebble Beach at least once in their lifetimes ... It's really the one place in the world of classics where you can be pretty much assured that the vehicle you are looking at is the one the owners claim it to be, which is not always the case, especially at these big-buck 'auctions'. People have to be SO careful these days!


    Alexander Davidis

    That was a nice piece of insight you shared. I have been to many classic car events and races throughout Europe and the East Coast but never made it to PEBBLE BEACH AND LAGUNA SECA. But this year I will - like always taking stills and moving pictures ( Now I know how to go about it (I hope). Thanks!
    Cheers Alexander

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