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Deadmau5 lands prestigious Gumball 3000 award

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Jun 12, 2014 | 7:30am EDT

Music star Deadmau5 has been honoured with the prestigious Spirit of Gumball award after completing the 3,000 mile supercar rally. The dance music producer arrived in Ibiza, Spain on Wednesday (11Jun14) in a Ferrari customised with images of Internet meme Nyan Cat, dubbed a 'Purrari', and landed the coveted trophy for being the driver who best embodies the fun, free spirit of the Gumball 3000 rally. As well as racing through eight cities in the U.S. and Europe with 124 other teams of competitors, deadmau5 - real name Joel Zimmerman - helped launch the rally with a concert in Miami, Florida and made bids at the Gumball Foundation's charity auctions along the rally route. Zimmerman spent $200,00 (£125,000) on a signed Gumball 3000 flag and a place in next year's race and $72,000 (£45,000) on a pair of swimming trunks and a Baywatch jacket worn by David Hasselhoff, who also drove in the rally. The music star wrote on Twitter.com, "WE DID IT!!! #teampurrari takes home the spirit of the gumball award!!!! Unreal!!!!" Money raised by the auctions, as well as the $64,000 (£40,000) teams pay to enter each car, goes towards a number of charitable endeavours including providing opportunities for under privileged kids around the world.

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