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JONATHAN ROSS and hundreds of other motor nuts showed off their sports cars in Edinburgh on Sunday as part of the wacky Gumball 3000 Rally.
The decadent motoring event is inspired by the 1976 film and sees mostly rich sports car fans drive their luxury vehicles along 3,000 miles of public roads across different countries.
Thousands cheered as drivers revved the engines of their cars which included exclusive brands such as Ferrari, Aston Martin, Bugatti, Mercedes, Bentley and Rolls-Royce.
Jonathan Ross and son Harvey joined the event in a yellow Lamborghini which they will drive through Europe and past the finishing line on the party island of Ibiza.
But after parking and registering the rented super car at Edinburgh's Mound, the entertainer struggled almost half an hour to get it moving again.
Jonathan Ross said: "I'm fully comp insured and driving rather like an elderly widow.
"I'm already petrified about scratching it -- that's why I took so long to park.
"The car is worth over a hundred grand, so it's not one of the crazy ones here. It's still worth silly money.
"It's a nice father and son experience. We're staying in automatic and not going into the gears, nice and slow.
"My son hasn't quite passed his test yet, so if you see him driving, you know we're in trouble."
One member of the Gumball 3000 support crew added: "Jonathan rented the Lamborghini and it was the first time he was driving it.
"The car wouldn't move and he sat there for 30 minutes. It was driver error.
"I don't think there was any particular issue with the car. The anti-lock steering was on and Jonathan had to restart it."
Around 125 luxury vehicles are taking part in the rally which started at South Beach, Miami last week.
Many of drivers flew their cars from New York to Glasgow Prestwick, while others just joined the European leg of the tour in Edinburgh.
They will continue to drive through London, Paris, and Barcelona, before they finally arrive on the party island of Ibiza on June 11.
Other drivers include professional skater Tony Hawks, US rappers Eve, Xzibit and Bun B, UK rapper Tinie Tempah and Hollywood Hunk David Hasselhoff who is expected to join in London.
Organisers said the the exotic cars included just about every Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini made in the last thirty years and a 2.5 tonne Batmobile from the Dark Knight movie.
The costly entrance fee for drivers has been set at £40,000.
Nicola Wood, 33, a former Miss Scotland, Miss UK and mum-of-one, joined the rally with husband Garreth, 35, a company director from Edinburgh.
The couple are driving a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe which they wrapped in velvet and red chrome in a bid to show off and raise money for charity.
Nicola said: "I'm so excited today. It's a bit like a car carnival and a celebration of motor sport.
"How often do you get to see so many sports cars in one place? It's amazing. There are so many amazing cars here and people are really excited to see them.
"I'm a mum and I drive safe now. I'm making sure not to drive over anybody's toes."
Us rapper Bun B added: "Scotland is beautiful, the weather is beautiful and the atmosphere is amazing.
"It's my fifth Gumball this year. I love the bonding experience that you get meeting people you would probably never meet in life.
"We're driving a Cadillac Escalade Executive Edition so we got a flat screen TV, a PlayStation and a sound system. We're having fun.
"We wanted to keep going a little, but all the cars are gridlocked. People have the streets blocked up."
The Gumball 3000 rally was founded in 1999 by entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper who will marry US rapper Eve in Ibiza next week.
He said: "It's a pretty amazing little road trip. It's just grown every year and it's amazing to see turnouts like this in every city we go to.
"I actually proposed to my girlfriend in Edinburgh castle on Christmas day and we have a special bond with the city.
"I'm getting married three days after the rally finishes in Ibiza. Were having a wedding on the beach, a little bit private, but we've got a few surprises with artists performing."
Gumball rally is considered more of a road-trip adventure on public roads than a serious race, but it has attracted controversy in recent years due to road traffic violations and speeding.
Two pensioners tragically died in an accident in Macedonia in 2007 after their car was hit by a Gumball rally car.
Falih Hajij, 26, a real estate developer from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, entered the rally with his £150,000 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG which he wrapped in chrome red.
He said: "When you see us coming down the road, just stick to the slow lane and we won't bother you.
"It's pretty much a car event, more than anything else, and the second time that I'm taking part.
"I hope I'm not going to break the speed limit. Last rally I had 17 tickets in seven days.
"It was all in the States and cost me about $6000. The cost of lawyers was a bit more than than. I'm hoping I don't have that issue here."
Previous celebrity Gumballers include Snoop Dogg, Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, Guy Richie, Adrien Brody, Danny Dyer and Damon Hill.
Young car fan Fraser Macvean, 10, from Danderhall, Midlothian, who attends Danderhall Primary, said: "I'm a big car fan and enjoying it. The cars here are very fast and expensive.
"They are kind of showing off."
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