With the Gumball 3000 Rally, Class 1 World Powerboat Championship and an eight million euro overhaul of the Port of Ibiza planned for summer 2014, Ibiza is in for a spell under the luxury spotlight.
First to cruise into town is Gumball 3000’s 16th annual car rally. Starting in Miami on 4 June and concluding one week later in Ibiza on 11 June, the adrenalin-fuelled road trip will cross five countries in two continents enjoying parties, concerts and VIP hospitality along the way. Created by ex-racing driver, designer and entrepreneur, Maximillion Cooper, the Gumball 3000 now attracts live crowds of over a million people. Previous petrol head participants have included Dannii Minogue, Jodie Kidd, Danny Dyer, Rachel Hunter, Caprice and Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay. Ibiza is an obvious choice for the perfect hedonistic closing party.
Next up is a switch from the open road to the high seas and the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship which was established back in 1964. Ibiza is a new and exciting venue for this sport, joining Bulgaria, Italy and the UAE for the 2014 season, and will host its three-day Grand Prix weekend from 5 to 7 September. Regarded as the pinnacle of international offshore powerboat racing, a premium sporting brand to match its Moto GP and Formula 1 cousins, the twin-engined raceboats of Class 1 can reach speeds in excess of 250km/h and the ‘travelling circus’ will certainly make its presence felt when it comes into town towards the end of the summer.
Just one week after the powerboats leave the island, work will begin on the Port of Ibiza’s eight million euro facelift. The project will demolish the old disused ferry terminal and in its place create a large 5,000m² public square, a 400m² building housing storage, changing rooms, offices, a tourist office and public bathrooms, plus a 200m² street-level terrace. Road traffic and parking spaces will be restricted to the essential minimum and a cycle path will connect the Port to the City. Work will commence on 15 September and finish in May 2015, ready for the next summer season. Chairman of the Balearic Port Authority, Alberto Pons, said that once the upgrade was complete, this superyacht haven would be amongst “the best in the Mediterranean, if not the best”.