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Gumball 3000 in Edinburgh - An Insider's View

13 June 2014

On Saturday 7th April The Rutland Hotel hosted a fantastic party to celebrate the much anticipated arrival of Gumball 3000 in Edinburgh. After recovering from the festivities the Hotel gave us this insider peak into the madness and mayhem of the day.

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Gumball 3000 at The Rutland Hotel 

Saturday 7th June 2014 is a date that shall live long in the hearts and minds of those based at The Rutland Hotel. It was a date that “Crazy” came to stay! Thirty Gumballers participating in the Edinburgh-Ibiza leg of 2014’s Gumball 3000 rally stayed in our hotel, indulged in decadent drinks in The Huxley and ate glorious chateaubriand in Kyloe before continuing the party in 99 Hanover Street.

This event was brought to The Rutland by one of our directors, Garreth Wood who participates in the rally every year and was instrumental in bringing Gumball to Scotland. We were delighted to be able to accommodate The Gumballers and felt it only right to have a little Gumball party ourselves!

Ahead of packed event on The Mound on Sunday, the drivers parked their cars on Rutland Street and what a sight it was to behold – even for a non-petrol head! Twenty five powerful cars set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle glistening in the sunshine, a triumph for the rejuvenated West End. People, young and old, came out to meander down the street and marvel at these supercars – even if the younger fans were less enthralled there was a cow to climb on, face painting, music and balloon modelling. The success of the weekend was unparalleled. The Huxley was the coolest hang out in town on Saturday and the whole hotel and area was buzzing with the glitz and glamour of Gumball.

As a business and a brand we were delighted with the gift of Gumball – The team at The Rutland Hotel did Edinburgh proud living the customer services mantra of “nothing is too much trouble” but also deserving a round of applause are the Event Department within the City of Edinburgh Council. They supported this extra wee event allowing Rutland Street to be shut, taxi rank moved, barriers erected and above all great fun to be had.

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The Velvet Phantom and the 50 Random Acts of Kindness

Amidst all the fun, a serious note must be echoed. Husband and wife team Garreth and Nicola Wood are attempting to raise £100,000 for Wish Upon a Star by completing 50 Random Acts of Kindness throughout this year's Rally in their car The Velvet Phantom. From “free hugs” to paying for a stranger’s petrol, every “RAK” undertaken generates £2,000 from The Speratus Group – Garreth’s business. This £100,000 will pay for a plane of terminally ill children to fly to Lapland and met Santa Claus. Incredibly, and out of nowhere, The Gumball Foundation are matching the fundraising which is a dream come true for the Wish Upon a Star fundraising team!

To donate, visit Garreth and Nicola’s  Just Giving page http//:www.justgiving.com/50-random-acts-of-kindness or Text KIND81 £5 to 70070.

Follow The Velvet Phantom’s journey on Twitter@VelvetPhantom50 and Facebookfacebook.com/vp50randomactsofkindness.

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