The Michigan Gumball Rally is similar to a Cannonball Run. It’s a 24 hour driving event held annually on the first weekend of August. 2 person driving teams will be navigating all corners of Michigan’s UP and LP competing for cash and prizes.
The first Annual Michigan Gumball Rally Will be held on Aug 6th-7th 2011 There will be Aprox. 100 teams competing an overall time/ points rally for trophies, prizes and prize money. Teams will drive from checkpoint to checkpoint completing challenges on the way. The Michigan Gumball Rally is not intended to be a competitive race with high risks, but intended as a celebration of people, automobiles, and charity. The race will most likely be won by a combination of teamwork, mapping skills, checkpoint challenges, gas millage, and your vehicle’s dependability.
The Michigan Gumball Rally will start Saturday morning in Metro Detroit at “The departure event” Aprx 9:00 AM SATURDAY – This is where teams will get the official Gumball Rally destinations / checkpoints.This will also be a time to meet other teams, take pictures, and see off friends and family. There will be News media outlets covering the story as well as it is also in the planning to have the rally video taped streaming live on the web.
here is another video courtesy of Europe’s Gumball 3000
The Gumball Rally will travel through Michigan Towns and cities such as Battle Creek, Grand Beach, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Manistee, and Traverse City. All 100 teams will be stopping for Saturday night (APRX 10:00PM) at the Traverse City Marriot. (Hotel is included with registration) This will give teams a chance to meet each other, and rest before the second leg of the trip resumes (Sunday morning @ 6:00am) Mackinac Bridge, Iron Mountain UP, Crystal Falls UP, Copper Harbor UP, Marquette UP, Rogers City, Alpena, Bay City, and back to the arrival event on Sunday Afternoon.
There will be a large Arrival Event / Car show on Sunday afternoon when Teams are expected to return back (Aprx 3:00pm-5:00pm) The Michigan Gumball Rally will be publicized by digital and traditional advertising along with news, and media attention. Vendors will have booths, Charities will be on site to present the trophies and prizes. There will be food and beverages available and official merchandise and memorabilia can be purchased at the event as well.
Prizes include a trophy and a trophy purse with est. $15,000.00 in cash and prizes. As well as being recognized as the winner, a large donation to charity will be given in the winners honor. There will also be prizes for Runners up, Best in Show, Most Unique Vehicle, and The Spirit Trophy, going to the most deserving team who overcomes many obstacles to complete the rally (elected by the participants themselves)
We welcome everyone to get involved with Motor City Month and the Michigan Gumball Rally. The Michigan Gumball Rally is a celebration of all things that make Michigan great…our cars, our state, and our people. In the name of charity we will travel to all corners of Michigan including places not often visited in the Upper peninsula. Some will win Prizes, but everyone is guaranteed to have a great time, and see great things in out own backyard. Meeting new people will soon turn into seeing old friends, seeing our state, and having a great time doing it.
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We look forward to your participation in the next Michigan gumball Rally as a contestant or as a volunteer. any questions?