Surviving UGK member Bun B has signed on to participate in this year’s intercontinental Gumball 3000 car rally.
Now entering its 12th year, the Gumball rally is a 3000-mile drive featuring 120 cars over 8 days filled with events and parties along the route.
Although anyone is allowed to enter, the hefty entry fee (which in 2008 was $120,000 per car) ensures an exclusive, upscale clientele composed mostly of celebrities and wealthy car enthusiasts.
Joining Bun B this year will be Eve, Xzibit, Idris Elba (The Wire, American Gangster), Mike Malbon (Frank151 co-founder), DJ Muggs, and Tony Hawk.
By incorporating other mediums such as music, film, and art in the events along the drive route, the Gumball 3000 has been able to cultivate an eclectic following of fans and participants at their annual event.
“Gumball is very unique; it isn’t so much a car tour as a lifestyle that incorporates automobiles, film, fashion, art and sport. Most of our participants would not usually be attracted to participate in a car tour, and many of them are not necessarily really into their cars,” the Gumball 3000 official website reads. “However, the attraction of the Gumball transcends social barriers and appeals to the adventurer in all of us, and thus our participants come from all walks of life and nationalities; from skateboarders to Saudi Prince’s, and supermodels to sports stars.”
The rally commences on May 1 in London, moving onto Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Stockholm. From there, the tour moves overseas to North America, finishing up in Boston, Quebec City, Toronto, and New York City’s Time Square.
For more information, visit http://www.gumball3000.com.
Bun B latest and third studio album, Trill OG, is due out this summer. The LP is reported to feature production from DJ Premier, Pharrell, and an appearance from Tupac Shakur.