The Gumball 3000, an annual 3000 mile car rally that occurs on public roads in Europe, is a lot of fun when it's fake. Movies like Cannonball Run are hilarious. But in real life, without the hysterical mugging of Burt Reynolds and Dom Deluise, the race is less like a screwball comedy of flashy cars and hot chicks, and more like a horrible vision of the Western world's class system, where careless rich people use the landscape and lives of regular people as backdrops to their hedonistic, money-fueled nihilism. Or something like that.
Anyway, the inevitable happened at this year's rally: A hit-and-run accident in Macedonia left a man dead and his wife in the hospital in critical condition. After the crash, gumball driver Nick Morley and co-pilot Matthew McConville reportedly exited their overpriced death machine and ran from the scene of the crime without stopping to check on the well-being of the couple. They were picked up by another Gumball driver and made it as far as the border with Turkey before being arrested. Reportedly, after being let out on bail, Nick Morley, tried to flee the country in a private jet. He was arrested again by the Macedonian police before he could board his plane.
Then, the race organizers played-down the incident in a press release, saying that the Macedonian accident victim died of a heart attack on the way to the hospital, and neglecting to mention the "run" aspect of the hit-n-run.
The future of the rally is up in the air...stay tuned.
UPDATE: Rapper Xziibit lost his license in the race too.