Hundreds of people were at Mullingar Park Hotel on Sunday when the supercars and superheroes of the 2017 Cannonball stopped for a lunch break.
It was the first time Cannonball Ireland had visited Mullingar, and the spectators got close to 190 expensive motors, many of them with crews in costume, and enjoyed the unique festival atmosphere the event is known for.
Now in its ninth year, Cannonball Ireland has raised almost €900,000 for Irish Charities and this year, proceeds will go to Make-a-Wish Ireland.
Top mark cars included McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley
The convoy of 190 supercars and novelty cars – worth an estimated €32million – started from the Point Village in Dublin last Friday morning, and drove through almost 1,000km, returning to Dublin on Sunday afternoon.
Around 40 per cent of the cars are from abroad, and this year a team with 10 supercars came from Dubai.
In Mullingar there were Las Vegas Show Girls, live music, DJs, Audionetworks Transformers and Robots, family fun, the Cannonball Grid Girls, The Monster Energy JAM Truck, local entertainers and dignitaries.
Cannonball is the brainchild of Kildare businessman and AB Signs proprietor, Alan Bannon, and the benefit to the Irish economy of this event is estimated at €2,567,000 per year.
With two national awards and four nominations this year, the supercar event shows no signs of slowing down and is now gearing up for the US in October and Japan in 2019.
“The team is constantly innovating, the event is going from strength to strength and now with Japan and the US on the horizon and plans to license the event all over the world, we are excited about the future,” said Mr Bannon.
“The Irish event in September is always the big highlight and I would like to thank our new headline sponsors and partners.”
Hone, a renewable energy provider, is the Cannonball main headline Sponsor for 2017. Also headlining is Ireland’s leading event entertainment agency, Audionetworks.
Cannonball official partners include Manhattan Popcorn, Advance Security, Krystle, Top Oil, Asystec, Mellett Electrical, Supermacs, Autokey, AB Signs and StitchMagic.