Hasselhoff and KITT to ride in Gumball 3000

17 year old dusty kitt
The anual race of the Gumball 3000 starts this Saturday in San Francisco. With a special guest behind a very famous wheel.

from wikipedia:

The 2008 10th Anniversary Gumball 3000 Rally will take place in August. Cars with neutralized carbon emissions are preferred and proof will be required. The entry fee is £60,000 ($120,000US). The start line will be San Francisco, proceed through checkpoints in San Diego, Las Vegas, flight to Nanjing (Drivers stopping over in Pyongyang), Shanghai, and finally finishing in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games.

It turns out that David Hasselhoff & KITT will be involved... read more after the continue reading link!


from Gumball3000 on June 20th:

80's superstar and king of the internet David Hasselhoff has confirmed that he will be taking part in the 10th year Gumball 3000 anniversary. He has also decided to bring along his old friend KITT, the original car from the classic television series, Knight Rider. That's right! The Hoff will be giving his old motor a varnish and taking it back to the road. However, he will not be on the pursuit of crime this time around, he will be kick starting an adventure full of grease, guts and glamour.

The KITT that he will be driving is a KITT that has been sitting in his Viennan friends Garage for 17 years. We can't tell if it's a screen used car, though we have been told it took $30k to repair.

from bild.de

The last 17 years rusty KITT in the garage of Hasselhoffs Viennese friend Herbert Fechter (61).

but the SFGate was first to report that Hasselhoff's involvement might be rather slim:

One of the more popular sets of wheels will be KITT, the Pontiac Trans Am Firebird from the "Knight Rider" TV series. Alas, the show's star, David Hasselhoff, will probably only be driving it in Los Angeles, said Bardfield.

Whatever Hasselhoff and KITT wind up doing, we're sure that we'll have some amazing photos to show you by the end of the weekend!

Proper credit goes to Matthais for emailing us the bild.de link and Knight Rider Archive for putting together a good summary of the event.