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In Pictures: Gumball 3000 Rally starts
Two contestants head off
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Many of the contestants in the 2005 Gumball 3000 Rally wore wigs and fancy dress as they left London for the annual fun road trip to Monte Carlo.
Two female drivers
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Two female drivers wait for the start of the rally which will take them through Brussels, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Dubrovnik, Sicily, Rome and Florence.
Model Caprice
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Model Caprice is among celebrities taking part in the 3,000 mile rally.
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Thousands gathered at Waterloo Place, London, to wave off contestants who had paid 10,000 per car to enter the rally.
Actress Daryl Hannah
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Actress Daryl Hannah is among celebrities in the race. Others include supermodel Jodie Kidd, Bez from Happy Mondays and Pepa from pop group Salt 'n' Pepa.
Frankie from The Darkness (right)
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Frankie from rock band The Darkness (right) was among contestants in the seventh annual rally.
Mark Anthony
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Mark Anthony from Buxton, Derbyshire, waited for the start which was delayed by 25 minutes as police cleared crowds from along Pall Mall.
Daryl Hannah and
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Actress Daryl Hannah and co-driver Tina Basich head off for Monte Carlo after Formula One ace Jenson Button waved the Union flag to signal the rally's start.


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