The Greeks Get That Bikinis Are The Key To Selling Econoboxes

Though fairly pedestrian by most standards, this humorous Greek ad for the Chevrolet Matiz hatchback is, by American carmaker standards, too hot for TV. It's just a girl in a bikini suggestively washing a car, but the implication of sex means running afoul of any number of conservative family groups that get a hard-on… » 3/24/08 11:15am 3/24/08 11:15am

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

The Inverse of Alexander: Istanbul to Athens

A Phyrgian king had bound a chariot yoke/And Alexander cut the Gordian Knot/And legend said that who untied that knot/He would become the Master of Asia » 5/10/07 10:30pm 5/10/07 10:30pm
Upon arrival in Istanbul, we were interned in a VIP lounge at the airport while the government figured out what to do with us. Meanwhile, the…

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

Zeus is Angry: Back to Athens in a Sharan


Reports from the Gumball 3000 have the drivers following the proclamation by Herr Alex Roy that air travel is for squares. Instead of waiting for their cars to come by airplane from Athens in Istanbul, Herr Roy, Jarod DeAnda, and Andrew 'Fly' Tipping are driving from Istanbul to Athens in a rented VW Sharan van. Our… » 5/01/07 2:30pm 5/01/07 2:30pm

No Istanbul for You!

After being escorted by Police to Hahn airport and out of Germany this morning, Herr Roy and Master Piloten Ross of Team Polizei abandoned their plan of driving to Istanbul and joined the rest of the Gumballers to travel to Istanbul by air. Or so they thought. Latest reports have the planes carrying the cars diverted… » 4/30/07 6:45pm 4/30/07 6:45pm