An array of celebrities cheered and beeped their car horns today as they set off on a fun road trip through Europe.
Supermodels Caprice and Jodie Kidd, Hollywood actress Daryl Hannah, Bez from the Happy Mondays and Pepa from pop group Salt ’n’ Pepa joined drivers in 120 cars for the Gumball 3000 Rally.
Thousands of people crammed into the streets around Waterloo Place, London, to watch as Formula One ace Jenson Button waved the Union flag for the 6.25pm start.
The start had been delayed by 25 minutes while police officers cleared crowds from along Pall Mall.
Kidd, driving a Lamborghini with her fiancé Aidan Butler, said she was very excited to be taking part in the race.
The seventh annual rally will see the drivers travelling 3,000 miles, from London to Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Dubrovnik, Sicily and Rome.
The racers – who paid £10,000 per car to enter the rally – will cross the finishing line in Monte Carlo on May 20.
Kidd said: “It’s fantastic, it’s a lot of fun. I absolutely love it."