RETRO Cannonball starts in Belfast this year on June 10th at 9.30am at the Titanic Quarter and takes in the whole east coast of Ireland from Antrim to Wexford with proceeds to The HOPE Foundation. The classic car convoy, sponsored by Galway Bay Brewery, will tour some of the magnificent coastal drives in the North and take in Newcastle, Naas, Johnny Fox’s, Glendalough, the Wicklow Mountains, the Blessington Lakes and it finishes in Wexford Town Centre on Saturday June 11th at 6.30pm
Registered cars for the RETRO road-trip include a Lamborghini Diablo, a Jaguar E-Type, a gorgeous Ferrari 328 GTS, some beautiful Mercedes-Benz SL classics, a Lancia Beta, a BMW 635CSI, a Porsche 911 Carrera and a Porsche 911 Targa, an MG Midget, a Ford Escort Cosworth, a beautiful Chevrolet Corvette, a classic VW Beetle, a Ford Thunderbird, a mini cooper and many more. Spectators can get up close, view the cars and take photographs at finish lines in Naas on Friday June 10th at 6.30pm and on Saturday June 11th at Wexford Town.
The route will take in a coastal drive in Northern Ireland to Slieve Donard in Newcastle for Lunch. The cars then board the Carlingford Lough ferry to Greenore and continue on to Naas in Co Kildare for the first overnight stay. The convoy will arrive into Naas to Poplar Square at 6.30pm with music, family fun and the unique festival atmosphere that Cannonball is renowned for. On Saturday morning, the convoy will depart Naas at 10.30am where, once again, fans of the event can view the cars and meet the drivers. The convoy will continue down the east coast taking in Glendalough, The Dublin Mountain, Lunch at Johnny Foxes Glencullen at 1pm and then cruising down to Wexford Town Centre for a finish line at 6pm
This year Cannonball Ireland and RETRO Cannonball will raise funds for 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.
“We are welcoming cars from the golden era of the 60’s,70’s, 80’s and early 90’s to take in stunning drives and many famous Irish landmarks.” said Cannonball founder Alan Bannon “Classic cars not only appeal to car lovers, but also to lovers of engineering, design, art and history. They retain an incurable romance and that is the reason why people do, and always will, love classic cars.”
Registration is also now open for Cannonball Ireland, the supercar event, taking place on September 8th-10th this year and a firm favourite with both drivers and spectators. RETRO Cannonball is an altogether more laid-back experience but drivers and spectators still enjoy one of the most unique motoring fraternities in the world with breath-taking driving routes, luxurious hospitality and that rare ‘camaraderie’ that makes Cannonball a truly unforgettable experience. See www.cannonball.ie for details.