Gumball Rally 3000 Pictures – On Saturday, more than 120 racing teams chirped out of Los Angeles and barreled for the Nevada desert. Some drivers sharply squealed off the starting line, others revved and roared away as the flag for their interval was dropped.  This year’s Gumball 3000 is out of the gate, and teams are making their way from West to East Coast. By the time the storied road rally ends Friday in Miami, the teams and fans will have amassed tales of speed and party-fueled mayhem that rival those surrounding any motorsport.  StyleCrave was there for the start– check out our full coverage of the event and exclusive photos after the jump

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On the surface, the 11th-annual Gumball rally is a test of driving skill and endurance. It’s also an awful-yet-awesome film. But, unlike other races, Gumball-styled road rallies are officially designed to test preparation, planning and navigation skills, and courses are chosen so that teams need not break traffic laws to win.

Of course, speeding and law-flaunting auto-antics are among the arsenals unofficially endorsed by many teams and is expected by many fans…

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Leaving Las Vegas, the 2009 Gumball 3000 rolls through Santa Fe, Dallas and New Orleans before exhausting itself in Miami. At each stop, crowds will lineup to watch the cavalcade of high-performance, exotic and unusual cars and videos of all-night parties catering to celebrity-studded race teams will trickle out. Among the more known, are race teams filled with the likes of David Hasselhoff, “Jackass” stars Bam Margera and Ryan Dunn, alt-sports icons Tony Hawk, Danny Kass and Dave Mirra and band/musician cars driven by Avenged Sevenfold, Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs and Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead.

The race always attracts super-rich European, Russian and Middle Eastern entrants eager to show off their Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and Bugattis and other impossibly expensive wheels, and more than a tank full of scantily clad teams and partygoers.  StyleCrave was there for the beginning, take a look at our photo coverage of the Gumball 3000 rally from Santa Monica, California…