By Nikolai Attard
The Dodgeball rally is a new addition to the household names such as Gumball 3000 and Cannonball. For all of you who haven’t heard of any of these three rallies, (shame on you) the best way to describe them is a mix of billionaires, and eccentrics racing multi-million pound supercars across Europe.
Speaking to Jonny Dodge, the man behind the rally, he gave me a few reasons behind the name ‘Dodgeball Rally’. Originally the rally was unbranded and kept very low key, however one of the entrants to the rally came up with the name and it has stuck ever since. Taking the name from the iconic ‘CannonBall Run’ from die-hard adventurer Erwin G. “Cannonball” Baker who set 143 American distance records, including a 53½ hour coast to coast solo drive averaging over 50 mph in 1933. Then adding his name to it to form the Dodgeball Rally.
The rally takes place twice a year, a summer and winter rally, which starts on the 1st of March and takes drivers from Mayfair, London through to Paris for dinner and some fun on a closed runway, then onto Magny Cours racetrack for lunch with a world premiering exclusive unveiling of the Furtive eGT, one of the world’s most powerful electric cars. Ending the fun packed day with a night stop in a Chateaux in Burgundy. The following morning takes the drivers on a private tour around the very small workshops of Loiseau, the makers of the world’s most expensive watch being hand made by their team at a cost of 3.5 million Swiss francs. The final leg of the rally is a straight shot to an ice table in Verbier, the mountains of Switzerland.
This wonderful adventure is only available to 30 lucky and rich entrants limited to 15 cars. Why the limit you may ask? Apparently, it will allow all the participants to meet each other and also allowing everyone to be in the midst of the 7 star services they swear by. Not any old car can enter, as Jonny says, “ its all about the WOW factor.” A Maltese national has never entered the rally, but he assured me that he is always looking for new entrants from around the world to join in on the fun. When asking him about the most exotic cars on the rally, a Gold plated Bugatti Veyron driven by Sheiks and Chrome Mercedes McLaren SLRs all the way to a one off Lamborghini Performante driven by Spencer Matthews from hit British TV show ‘Made in Chelsea’.