30/06/2015 by D.O.T
May was a very important time for our car transportation and events divisions as we prepared for the logistics movements of this year’s Gumball 3000 Rally. Earlier in the year, Delivered on Time (D.O.T) had confirmed its partnership with Gumball 300 as the "Official vehicle movement partner".
The Gumball 3000 event started in the picturesque city of Stockholm in Sweden, and D.O.T was responsible for positioning thirty-seven cars from their home countries to Stockholm. A bonded warehouse was also provided for the safe storage of cars prior to collection by entrants.
Once the rally was underway, the European leg of the tour took in the delights of Oslo – Norway; Copenhagen – Denmark and finishing in Amsterdam – Netherlands. There were numerous checkpoints on the way including an exciting visit to the Koenigsegg factory and testing facility in Angelhölm, Sweden. The drivers enjoyed a private tour of the facilities and a lucky few raced their cars head-to-head on the world famous airfield!
Delivered on Time’s logistics service included a luggage transfer service to assist the entrants whose sports cars had a severe lack of boot space! And trust us when we say that was a lot of the cars… This service allowed Gumballers to pack all the clothes and accessories they could possibly want, for all of the extravagant evening events and parties, and have them delivered to their overnight hotel stops prior to their arrival…
In addition to this D.O.T provided a covered car transporter in case an unlucky Gumballer should suffer mechanical issues on the road and need recovering. Thankfully this was one service we provided that was not needed.
Our assistance extended to the event sponsors too, with D.O.T handling the logistics movements of all the merchandise and event dressing required throughout the rally for a couple of the Gumball 3000 sponsors.
Once the European leg of Gumball 3000 drew to a close, all cars were handed over to Delivered on Time’s car transportation team for the onwards airfreight movement to Reno, Nevada in the USA. Cars were carefully prepared for the movement, palletising them for the aircraft and ensuring the cars were fully protected for the long journey ahead.
Along with the chartering of a Boeing 747 freighter aircraft, Delivered on Time was responsible for all temporary import and export processes, allowing (or easing) the movement of vehicles into and out of Europe and the same for the USA.
If you love high performance sports cars you would have been very jealous of our event logistics staff that handled the valuable cargo in Amsterdam as they managed to get up close and personal to some stunning cars including: a Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead; Ferrari 458s; Mercedes AMG GTs; a Ferrari F50; Porsche 911s and even a 918 to name just a few.
On arrival in the USA, the event continued with the rally travelling from Reno – Nevada, to San Francisco and then Los Angeles in California, before heading back into Nevada and the party capital of USA, Las Vegas. The event culminated in a two-day party and fan event – the Gumball 3000 Las Vegas Festival, which took over the MGM Resorts Village and the Las Vegas strip for the duration.
While the Gumballers and the fans were busy enjoying the festival, Delivered on Time’s car transportation team was busy preparing documentation; receiving cars for repatriation and liaising with air and sea freight shipping partners to ensure once the party was over all cars could be back with their owners as soon as required.
Now the dust has settled post-event, Delivered on Time is in discussion with Gumball 3000 for the operational planning of the 2016 event. “We have a three year deal with the rally and will be putting all that we have learnt from this year’s event into our best practice procedures for the next Gumball 3000” said D.O.T’s Managing Director, Paul Fowler.
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