2008 Gumball 3000 Rally Dates Set, Still Heading To North KoreaRay Wert2/21/08 9:40amFiled to: Gumball 30002008 Gumball 3000Maximillion CooperGumballNorth KoreaRally40EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkWe just received the following press release from "Mad" Maximillion Cooper, the chieftain of the Gumball 3000, giving the dates of the annual road race rally by way of Des over at the all-rally all-the-time site of GT Spirit. We used to be on the press release distribution list but it appears alas, no longer. Probably has something to do with our coverage of the 2007 ball-run. Anyway, moving on. As expected, the 2008 running of the balls will start in San Francisco (actually, we were originally told it'd start in New York — but who's counting, at least it's the same country) on August 9th and finish 8 days later in China at the Beijing Olympics on August 16th. Also, as we reported first, the 2008 Gumball 3000 will feature a passport-surrendering stopover in North Korea, where the balls of Gum race drivers rally drivers will be feted in style by the Communists celebrating the "Mass Games." We think "Mass Games" is either their version of the Olympics or it's Engrish for "Mass Graves." Either way, we're sure the $120,000 entry fee is money well spent. Unless the "Graves" are empty. Full press release below the jump.