Gumball rally touches down in Prestwick

The cars being unloaded
The cars being unloaded

OVER three thousand Scottish petrolheads enjoyed the ear-splitting sound of sixty-five turbo-charged engines as Gumball 3000, the most famous supercar rally in the world, thundered into Prestwick Airport this morning.

For several hours the airport was temporarily transformed into a race track as the international drivers tore up the main runway in their Ferraris, Porsches, Rolls Royces and Lamborghinis before exiting in front of the terminal at walking pace behind a piper.

It’s the first time the rally has been staged in Scotland. The total value of the cars on show was some £10m.

Earlier, two huge jumbo jets unloaded the world’s most exclusive cars taking part in the fifteenth Gumball 3000.

First car in the procession was a £180,000 Mercedes SLS driven by British driver Oliver Morley. He was quickly followed by US driver Manssour Jarmakani in a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Proudly bringing up the rear of the adrenaline-fuelled procession was Edinburgh businessman Garreth Wood in his £160,000 customised Rolls Royce “The Velvet Phantom”. Garreth and his wife Nicci are aiming to raise £100,000 for the When You Wish Upon A Star charity so they can send 100 terminally-ill children and helpers to Lapland to meet Santa this winter.