The chequered flags were out in London for the thirteenth Gumball 3000 Rally. The Gumball Rally 3000 crosses 10 countries in 7 days including a glamorous pit stop for the Monaco F1.
This year’s competitors included Ruff Ryders first Lady Eve. Back on the grid for the second time, the Billboard busting rapper whose hits include Let There Be Eve and her 2001 follow-up album, Scorpion, featuring the single ‘Whose That Girl’ will be hopping to replicate the No.1 spot with her co-partner and founder Maximillion Cooper.
Competing for poll position include NFL All stars, Reggie Bush and Ndamukong Suh. Also hoping to put a dent in the oppositions chances of success will be American Rapper BunB.
MTV’s Dirty Sanchez aka Matt Pritchard and Lee Denton were lucky to make it to the starting line following some crazy pranks which ended in a fight in the back of a black cab which left one of them floored.
The day after the night before
The night before was a raucous affair and come to think of it, it was a wonder anyone actually made it to the start. Eve arrived looking quite serene; she dropped her guard four hours later revealing her pink thong.
Guests Rnb talent Royston, Aisha Mckenzie Model agent and choreographer, Mason Smillie, Publicist Emmanuel, Dynamo, Vanessa White (Saturdays) and the gorgeous Melody Thornton (Pussycat Dolls) were rocking at the Playboy club in Mayfair.
The following morning fresh faced and ready to rock Eve and her co/partner were ready to face the world and were the first to leave. Wearing less jewels than the previous year Eve was keeping a low profile. ‘It was an emotional send off.’ said an observer.
The roads now clear of Obama blockades the rally set off from Covent Garden, next stop Paris.
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Celebs around town
Alexandra Burke rocks at Mahike.
Hard working Alexandra Burke rocked in her collaborative JLS clothing line, 2kx at Mahike night club. They were previously dinning out at Kayaci.
Fantastic breakthrough artist Jodie Connor was also spotted at Mahike in Mayfair.
Riding the Reggae riddim
South of the river we’ve already heard rave reviews of a new dancehall riddim, Underdog which has been hailed as this summer dancehall anthem.
Introduced by Bacpay Records the compilation includes artists such as Future Star and Savana.
Celebrities spotted around town
Top comedian and entrepreneur Richard Blackwood was spotted in Covent Garden.
Why paparazzi ‘called time’ on Thriller?
Thriller Live celebrated its thousand performance however not everything went according to plan wit regards to the press.
Shortly after these pictures were taken paparazzi walked out on the job leaving the show with the liklihood of limited exposure in the press.
Despite so many events taking place on the same day the fact that at least eight photographers attended the event was a good result. However following what has to be the statement of the year photographers downed tools and walked.
“We simply had to call time on Thriller Live following the comments made by the front-desk .” said a snapper.
“We were told aggresively that celebrities were here to see the play and not to do pictures so we all left, most of us didn’t even bother to send in our pictures to the agencies.
“We can only conclude that Thriller Live does not need any extra exposure in the press.”
Another photographer said: “Why bother to inform media agencies on which celebrities were coming if they don’t want press.”
Patrick Allan from the Drifters who attended the after party at Planet Hollywood said: “When I came to the show last year there were so many photographers. Those comments should not have been made, it does not make sense.”
Thriller Live had to compete on the day with events such as JLS video launch, Rebbecca Furguson at the Grosvenor, Paul Smith fragrance launch and Alexandra Burke at Mahike.
“Photographers will only go to events in which there is a strong likelihood that they can sell in pictures. In reality Thriller is classified as niche market.” said Mark Weir from Flyer Newspaper.