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Cannonball Ireland Super Car Road Trip 2022 gets ready to roll

David Roy

 

A rare Pagani Zonda taking part in Cannonball Ireland 2018. Picture by Kasia Farat


THE Cannonball Ireland Supercar Road Trip will return to our roads this year from September 9 to 11.

Two-hundred head-turning vehicles will embark on a 1,000km-plus cross-country journey from Malahide in Co Dublin to Trim in Co Meath during the annual charity event, which was founded by Kildare businessman Alan Bannon and claims to be "the largest organised road trip in Europe".

Indeed, this year's event set to be the biggest yet: the Cannonball Ireland Supercar Road Trip 2022 will feature the largest number of cars ever to take part, including top marques like Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Bentley and Maserati.

With the previous Cannonball Ireland Supercar Road Trips having already collected over €1million for Irish charities, this year drivers will be raising money for the HOPE Foundation, an Irish charity working with street children in Kolkata, India. HOPE funds and operates over 60 projects including 11 child protection homes, a hospital, an ambulance, counselling, food and nutrition programmes and education and healthcare.

The 2022 event will get underway in Malahide on Friday September 9 before heading into Co Cork for a fuel stop at the Circle K (this year's event sponsor) in Fermoy and lunch at The Blue Haven in Kinsale, then proceding to the first finish line overnight stay at the Brehon Hotel in Killarney, Co Kerry.

Cannonball Ireland 2019 visited Edenderry. Picture by Kasia Farat

Cannonball, the action-packed supercar spectacle, is set to roll on September 9

 

On Saturday September 10 the Cannonballer convoy will set off from Killarney for another fuel stop at the Circle K in Ballysimon before pausing for lunch at The Oslo Bar in Salthill, Co Galway. After lunch, drivers will head onwards to Sligo town for the second finish line and overnight stay.

On Sunday September 11, the Cannonball start line will be at Rosses Point, Co Sligo, with a lunch stop at Kilronan Castle in Ballyfarnon and an afternoon fuel-up at Casey's Circle K in Co Roscommon before the cars proceed towards the final finish line in Trim in Co Meath at 6pm.

Cannonball Ireland 2021 entrants driving through Slane last year. Picture by Kasia Farat
Ash Caufield from Mayo and Garry Ashe from Dublin pictured at the start line of the 2019 Cannonball in Malahide Castle. Picture by Andres Poveda

 

As ever, there will be plenty of opportunities for spectators to get a good look at the Cannonball Ireland cars at every stop in a host town, where there will be free entertainment on offer including Brazilian dancers, live DJs and live bands.

This year, organisers are calling on spectators to dress up in fancy dress, with prizes for best costumes – so there's never been a better time to put together your best Burt Reynolds ensemble to pay tribute to the late great star of the Cannonball Run movies (and, of course, Smokey & The Bandit).

:: For more details of the Cannonball Ireland Super Car Road Trip 2022 see cannonball.ie.