New York Film Locations

The Gumball Rally (1976)

Last Updated: June 2012

Michael Bannon (Michael Sarrazin), a wealthy but bored businessman, issues the code word "Gumball" to his fellow automobile enthusiasts, who gather in a garage in New York City to embark on a coast-to-coast race "with no catalytic converter and no 55-mile-per-hour speed limit." Their nemesis, the evil LAPD Lieutenant Roscoe (Norman Burton), also learns of the race and most of the film is devoted to the adventures of the various driving teams and Roscoe's ineffectual attempts to apprehend them. A number of running gags ensue - the Jaguar that will not start; the silent Lapchick's (Harvey Jason) numerous mishaps; Italian race driver Franco Bertolli's (Raúl Juliá) frequent detours to seduce beautiful women - as well as some splendid stunts and driving sequences. The race ends at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California where the finishers celebrate their adventures and the defeated Roscoe sulks off to one side--until a fleet of police cars and tow trucks, all in conspiracy with Roscoe, arrive to impound the vehicles; as it proves, Roscoe had contrived in advance to see to it that all of them were guaranteed to be illegally parked. Bannon congratulates Roscoe on his final victory and again utters the command "Gumball" to initiate a race back to New York.

Michael Bannon's Office, 77 Water Street and Old Slip, Manhattan.


JFK International Airport, Queens.


Gallagher's Steak House, 228 West 52nd Street and Broadway, Manhattan.


West 52nd Street (btw Broadway and 8th Avenue) Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: Actor Michael Sarrazin, better known for his TV work than motion pictures heading up the cast and played race organiser Michael Bannon. Driving a 1966 Ford Shelby Cobra 427 "Side Oiler" Bannon and his co-driver held the record from the previous year’s race. Other cars featured in the film included a 1974 Ferrari Daytona, a 1974 Porsche 911 Targa, a 1971 Dodge Polara 440 police car and a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28.

Garage, East 47th Street (btw 1st and 2nd Avenues) Manhattan.


East 47th Street (btw 1st and 2nd Avenues) Manhattan.


Park Avenue (btw East 46th and 47th Streets) Manhattan.


5th Avenue (btw East 60th and 61st Streets) Manhattan.


Beaver Street and William Street, Manhattan.


Times Square (Broadway, 7th Avenue, West 42nd and 47th Streets) Manhattan.


Beaver Street and William Street, Manhattan.


Wall Street and Broad Street, Manhattan.


Broadway and Wall Street, Manhattan.


George Washington Bridge.



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