Cannonball arrives in Belfast

Cannonball arrives in Belfast
By Damian Mullan

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By Damian Mullan

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damianmullan@thechronicle.uk.com


Cannonball arrived into the Titanic Quarter in Belfast with a mighty roar last Sunday September 19th for a dramatic finish line for the 2021 event.

There was heady excitement and a feeling of optimism as this year as the event sector finally gets back on its feet after being the one of the hardest hit by the Pandemic.

Top mark cars included, not one but two spectacular Ford GTs for the first time in Ireland - a stunning Ford GT Carbon Series and a magnificent Ford GT Heritage Series with the famous Gulf Livery.

The Ferrari Pista Piloti also took a starring role as well as the 3 Lamborghini Aventador SVJs. Cannonball, fuelled by milesPlus from Circle K, also features firm favourites McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley.

Newly crowned Miss Ireland Pamela Uba, living in Galway, did the honours this year and dropped the famous chequered flag before they set off on their epic road trip around Ireland and also delighted Cannonballers with a brilliant performance of 'Make you feel my love' with piano on Saturday night in Galway.

The event has already raised €1,150,000 for Irish charities and, this year, the official charity of Cannonball will be 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.

The supercars blazed a trail from coast to coast with proceeds to the HOPE Foundation and so far have raised €110,000 and still counting as donations are still coming in. Fans of the event can still donate online on the HOPE website where there is a dedicated Cannonball page.

Cannonball took in Kerry, Clare, Galway, Westmeath, Longford, Meath, Cavan, Louth and finishes at the Titanic Quarter in Belfast this year. Cannonball is fully compliant with government COVID-19 guidelines and is an outdoor event.

Any car enthusiasts and Cannonball fans wishing to come out to see the cars on the route were asked to adhere to the advice of the Cannonball COVID-19 marshals and maintain social distancing. The cars did not stop in towns this year.

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

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