Cannonball Charity Run: blast off from Malahide Castle!

by Rose Barrett
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Rose Barrett

Cannonball, the action-packed supercar spectacle, will hit the road next Friday, starting from Malahide Castle at 10.30am.

From coast to coast, 150 supercars will blaze a trail across the country, to raise invaluable funding for HOPE Foundation. Motor fans can expect to see some celebrities join the run, along with some colourfully dress ‘Cannonballers’ along the route!

The cars will be on display at Malahide Castle from 6pm on Thursday next, September 16, before they set off on their epic road trip around Ireland.

Top mark cars include, not one but two spectacular Ford GTs, seen for the first time in Ireland.  Cannonball 2021 will also feature motor favourites McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley.

Love Island’s Tom Walker and his grandad Jim Walker pictured at the startline of Cannonball in 2019.

The Cannonball event has already raised €1,150,000 for Irish charities and, this year, the official charity is The HOPE Foundation, an Irish charity doing incredible work with the street children of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) in India.

HOPE funds and operates over 60 projects including 11 child protection homes, a hospital, an ambulance, counselling, food and nutrition, education, healthcare and the restoration of childhoods to children. 

Nationwide trailblaze!

Cannonball will blaze a trail from Malahide to Cork and then take in Kerry, Clare, Galway, Westmeath, Longford, Meath, Cavan, Louth and Antrim. The event is fully compliant with government COVID-19 guidelines as an outdoor event. 

Car enthusiasts and coming out to view the cars are asked to adhere to the advice of the Cannonball COVID-19 marshals and maintain social distancing.

Hayden Crisp (8) from Swords pictured at the start line for 10th annual Cannonball 2018 in Malahide Castle.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings but details of safe viewing points to see some of the finest cars on the planet will be posted on the Cannonball Ireland website and on social media channels throughout the weekend,” said a spokesperson.           

Cannonball was founded by Kildare businessman Alan Bannon twelve years ago and now the event is the largest organised road trip in Europe.

As the main sponsor of the Cannonball Road Trip, milesPLUS, Circle K’s next generation fuel is designed to deliver a superior driving experience. Cannonball is also sponsored by Manhattan Popcorn, BRÚ Brewery, AP Haslam All Cables, Grafton Barber, Majestic Ireland, HONE, Karl Goodwin Motors and AB Signs

So, get down to Malahide Castle on Thursday evening next and view this amazing display of some of the world’s classic supercars. Cannonball nationwide charity run – leaving Malahide Castle at 10.30am on Friday morning, motor fans, take note!

Picture Andres Poveda

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