Hotel heiress Paris Hilton will take part in the Gumball Rally next year (07) - a 3,000 mile (4828 kilometre) car race from London to Asia. The 25-year-old socialite met Gumball chief MAXIMILLION COOPER at a party in St Tropez, France last week (ends04AUG06). And despite making headlines in June (06) for hitting a parked car in her Bentley, on top of six previous traffic violations, she was thought to be the perfect choice for the driving event. A source says, "Max asked Paris to take part and she agreed immediately."