Petrol heads in for a treat with dozens of high-end cars set to make Fermoy pit-stop
PETROL heads in Cork will next month get the opportunity to feast their eyes on some of the world’s most sumptuous super cars when the Cannonball 2022 extravaganza rolls into the Rebel County.
Billed as the ‘ultimate Irish road trip’, Cannonball is a three-day event during which a spectacular convoy of the world’s top-marque cars travel around the country to raise money for charity.
Dozens of gleaming Ford GTs, McLarens, Lamborghinis, Ferraris Aston Martins, Porches, Bentleys and Rolls Royces will blaze a trail across Ireland, setting off from Dublin’s Malahide Castle on Friday, September 9, for the 1,000km trek.
The gleaming convoy will pass through the Midlands before hitting Cork and stopping at Fermoy’s Circle K at around 12.30pm to refuel before heading down to the Blue Haven in Kinsale for lunch.
Spectators at both locations will have the chance to ‘get up close and personal’ with 200 of the finest cars on the planet and enjoy the unique festival atmosphere that Cannonball is renowned for.
The convoy will then wind its way into The Kingdom for an overnight pit-stop in Killarney. Day two will see the cars pass through Limerick and Galway before overnighting in Sligo , with the final leg on Sunday taking the convoy through Roscommon and onto the finish line at Trim in County Meath.
While the event is loosely based on the spirit of the cult ‘Cannonball Run’ series of movies from the 1980s that saw super cars take on a chaotic race across the US, its founder, Alan Bannon, has said the Irish version was an altogether more sedate affair.
“It’s not a race but an organised road trip – and it’s decidedly legal and above board,” he grinned.
“That said, it is still very much a wild and wonderful adventure with many opportunities to set participants’ and spectators’ pulse rates going along the way,” he added.
Of course, there is a more serious side to Cannonball, with the event raising almost €1.3million for charity since its first outing more than a decade ago.
For the second year in succession, the HOPE Foundation, founded by Cork woman Maureen Forrest, will be this year’s official beneficiary.
The Foundation works with street children in the Indian city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), operating projects including a hospital, an ambulance, schools, counselling and providing food and nutrition.
Cannonball 2022 aims to raise more than €100,000 for the Foundation through contributions from within their own community and spectators and fans who can donate online by following the link at www.hopefoundation.ie.
On behalf of the Foundation, Maureen Forrest thanked Cannonball organisers and participants for supporting their vitally important work.
“Your generous donations will allow us to continue to fund and run our more than 60 projects throughout Kolkata and West Bengal,” said Ms Forrest.
“These include our 11 protection homes where vulnerable children rescued from dangerous situations are provided with a home away from home; a loving, caring and safe environment in which children can learn and grow into independent, successful and happy young adults,” she added.
Ms Forrest said donations to the Foundation, which has impacted the lives of almost 3million people since 1999, proved crucial during the COVID pandemic and recent devastating cyclones.
“The Foundation has distributed food packs and provisions to thousands of families who would have otherwise gone hungry and treated hundreds of COVID-positive patients in HOPE Hospital and our new satellite health facility. Our emergency response teams visited dozens of isolated villages ravaged by cyclones to distribute food and temporary shelter,” said Ms Forrest.
“Thank you, your fellow Cannonballers, and everyone at Cannonball Ireland for supporting our important work, we truly appreciate it,” she added.
For more information about Cannonball 2022 visit www.cannonball.ie.