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A Rolls Royce wrapped in black velvet. A cat-themed Ferrari that driver DJ Deadmau5 calls his "Purrari." A golf cart shaped like the Batmobile.
Welcome to Gumball 3000.
The worldwide rally of superlux sports cars — currently on its east coast leg — will land in South Street Seaport Friday night.
"It's a crazy cocktail of personalities and cars," said Maximilian Cooper, who started Gumball in 1999, and plans to marry the rap star Eve at the end of this year's rally.
Everything on wheels is eye-catching at this event — especially that purple Lamborghini, piloted by Team Anastasia Date.
"I'm a little nervous because I never drove in America before," Russia native Margarita Chuguyevskaya, 26, who personifies her native land's love of flashiness, told the News during the Miami-to-Atlanta leg of the 3,000 mile race. "New car, new road, new country."
Chuguyevskaya certainly won't be late to the South Street Seaport - she has no problem keeping her sports car above 100 miles per hour.
That's fast, even on a dead straight interstate and even by Gumball standards. Lucky for me there are no snow banks in Florida.
Organizers are very clear that this is not a race, and there is no prize for reaching Spain first. Still, some participants said they average 90 mph during the rally, and expect to get pulled over a few times.
Needless to say, most of the 100 drivers can afford to pay the speeding tickets. After all, it costs $60,000 to enter a car in Gumball 3000.
"I've tried to tell my friends about the experience," said Michael Malbon, 40, who owns a barber shop on the Lower East Side and has participated in six Gumball rallies, which last hit New York in 2012. "But they never believe me. So now I don't bother trying to explain."
Gumball 3000, South Street Seaport, June 6, 6 p.m.-midnight.
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