Sadly, instead of telling the organisers where to go, the Albanian government, aided and abetted amazingly enough by the UN, bent over backwards to accommodate these idiots. According to the Times, the UN claimed the event would "highlight Albania’s potential as an eco and cultural destination" - possibly the first time ever the concepts of 'eco' and 'lamborghini' have been associated.
The same report quotes Prime Minister Berisha saying, "I guarantee the organizers of our highest esteem and willingness to fully support Gumball 3000 in its endeavour in Albania." Full support turned out to include a get together with the President for those taking part. And so, on Wednesday evening, a Porsche 911 Carrera running late for the Presidential blowout crashed into another vehicle near the Macedonian border with Albania.
Two local people Vladimir Cepuljoski and his wife Margarita ended up in a ditch in their VW Golf, he dead, she fatally injured.
The Albanian government ought to be ashamed of itself for encouraging this event. It's good to work to try to give Albania a profile as a tourist destination, but they should have the wit to discern what kind of publicity is good publicity, and the judgement to know when their enthusiasm is being exploited.
As for the UN, they are a disgrace.