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Cannonball Run to roll into Killarney

Karl Goodwin and James Jones in their Lamborghini Aventador on the Cannonball Run with Maureen Forrest of the Hope Foundation

Super cars, super characters and side attractions are preparing to roll into Killarney for what will be the biggest ever Cannonball Run early in September.

The event has already raised €1,298,779 for Irish charities and organisers are hoping to reach €250,000 for The HOPE Foundation by the end of next month.

The rare super cars will arrive at the Brehon Hotel at 6.00pm on Friday, September 9 and depart again at 10.30am the next day.

Spectators in Killarney can 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 action-packed supercar spectacle is the largest organised road trip in Europe and this year the event will have the highest ever number of car entries including Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin Porsche, Rolls Royce Bentley and Maserati

A previous Cannonball Run attracted a VIP guest to Killarney

Brazilian dancers will bring all the glamour of carnival and live DJs and bands will be in Killarney to get the party started.

The NYPD, German Polizei, Cannonballers and celebrities in crazy costumes will add to the melee and from Spiderman to Star Wars, Cat Woman to Wonder Woman, cheerleaders to Charlie’s Angels, Batman, the Joker and more, it is a totally unique free family day out.

This year organisers are also calling on spectators to dress up in fancy dress with prizes for best dressed.

On Friday, September 9, Cannonball will blaze a trail from Malahide in Co Dublin to Cork with fuel stops in Fermoy and Kinsale and the first finish line and overnight stay will be at the Brehon Hotel in Killarney.

The next morning the convoy will leave Killarney and head for Trim, Co Meath.

Cannonball was founded by Kildare businessman Alan Bannon and the combined benefit to the host towns for this event is estimated at €2,567,000 per year.

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