Nelson's Balkan Campaign: Athens to Tirana

For once on the Gumball, I woke up in a bed. After a long day's journey into night and Athens, Herr Roy decided he wanted to be as close as possible to the M5 and booked a block of rooms at the Sofitel in Athens, rather than taking his room at the Hilton. A French cameraman was booked into the M5 for the day, riding… » 5/13/07 5:00pm 5/13/07 5:00pm

Travels With Commander Kokolari

After a grueling drive from Athens with the Gumball crew, I grabbed three hours of sleep on top of a bathrobe laid down on a hardwood floor in Team Polizei's room at the Tirana Sheraton. The next morning, we were up and at 'em in the face of a cool rain-threatening Albanian morning. Max Cooper informed us that the… » 5/12/07 2:30pm 5/12/07 2:30pm

The DAF Looked at Jonny: Trans-Europe Express

Ever make the perfect purchase? It doesn't matter whether it costs ten million dollars or six euros, it's something you simply must own, and if it's remotely within your wherewithal to do so, you are helpless to resist. Such was the case with this suction-cupped DAF banner meant for the windshield of a long-haul truck. … » 5/07/07 11:15pm 5/07/07 11:15pm

Albania! Team Polizei Blows Through Balkans


After ditching the rented VW Sharan in the birthplace of democracy and retrieving the mighty M5, Herr Roy and Team Polizei chose an alternate and ultimately quicker rock strewn route through the Balkans. Early reports have Team Polizei already sipping Raki in Albania, while the remaining fleet of a 120 or so surviving … » 5/02/07 1:30pm 5/02/07 1:30pm

U.N. Backs Gumball

For those who don't follow the rich-people-road-rallying scene, we wouldn't necessarily expect you to know that this year's Gumball 3000 is headed from London to Istanbul and back, nor that the rally's routed through Albania. Interestingly enough, the Albanian inclusion in the rally came at the request of none other… » 4/10/07 11:30pm 4/10/07 11:30pm