Kinnegad Plaza and Holy Family NS are stops on this year's Bumblebee 1000 Supercar Road Trip

The Kinnegad Plaza and Holy Family National School in Mullingar are stop-offs on the route for this year’s Bumblebee 1000 Supercar Road Trip, which is raising money for the charity Little Blue Heroes.

Little Blue Heroes supports a variety of youth-based projects for seriously ill children all over Ireland.

The event is on the weekend of June 17-19, and after starting from Barberstown Castle, County Kildare, at 9am that Friday, the convoy is expected at the Kinnegad Plaza at 10.30am and at Holy Family NS at 11.30am.

The entry of more than 100 vehicles includes supercars, Group B cars, and futuristic hypercars.

Social media stars like Suzanne Jackson of SoSueMe, Louise Clarke of iRadio, Al Foran Comedy, Bob Flavin, Alan Clarke Official, Tony Stark of Stark Industries, and Bumblebee the Transformer, will be joining other automotive influencers to share the adventure through their YouTube, TikTok and Instagram channels, making it easy to follow the action.

Use the hashtag #bumblebee1000 to tag and follow.

PJ Harte, founder and host of Bumblebee 1000, and the Little Blue Heroes at the press launch.

The Little Blue Heroes will wave the start flag at Barberstown Castle on Friday June 17 to set drivers off on the first leg of their trip towards the west coast.

Over the three days, participants will cross Ireland twice and travel the Wild Atlantic Way, creating a moving festival of cars and automotive music at the many stops on the way to the finish line in Merrion Square at 4pm on Sunday June 19.

On the Saturday evening in Galway, the annual Bumblebee 1000 Gala Ball fundraising event will include a VIP invitation-only charity auction of rare items and sporting memorabilia. The Bumblebee 1000 Awards will also be the presented at the ball.

Some of the Bumblebee 1000 line up of cars are available to view online on Bumblebee1000 socials, where fans can like and thumb ups their favourite cars and driving clips on Instagram.

Participants will be driving cars such as Lamborghini, Maclaren, Ferrari, Mercedes, Nissan GT-Rs, and a Group B Ford RS200.

The donation target this year is €50,000.

These stops over the 3 days afford a great up-close supercar viewing opportunity.

Day 1

9am, Friday June 17, start at Barberstown Castle, W23 CX40

10.30am Kinnegad Plaza, County Westmeath, N91 N9YR.

11.30am Holy Family National School, Mullingar, N91 AK6W.

4.30pm Pit Stop, Main Street, Carrick-on-Shannon.

5.30pm Finish Line at The Clayton Hotel, Sligo F91 N8EF.

Day 2

9am Saturday the 18th, Start Line at the Clayton Hotel Sligo.

10am Fuel Stop, Charlestown Service Station, Supermac's F12 K3T7.

11.30am Bridge St. Car Park Castlebar town F23 D254.

1pm Castlecourt Hotel, Westport, F28 NX84.

3.30pm Sweeney Service Station Clifden, H71 HD68.

5.30pm Galway City, Finish-Line at The Black Box, H91 C9PP.

Day 3

9am Sunday 19th, start at Clayton Hotel Galway H91 D526.

10am Fuel Stop, Galway Plaza H65 EK28.

12,05pm Pit Stop, Cloncollig Industrial Estate, Tullamore R35 A028.

2pm Fuel Stop, Kinnegad Plaza, County Westmeath N91 N9YR.

4pm Grand Finale finish-line at the Merrion Square in Dublin.

Little Blue Heroes

The 2022 Bumblebee 1000 Supercar Road Trip is run this year in support of the Garda Síochána supported Little Blue Heroes charity. Through the normal duties of local gardaí, they are often in a position to identify families with children that have serious illness in their own districts who require assistance.

This charity aims to help families who have children undergoing long-term medical treatment for serious illness. At any one time, there are 1,400 critically ill children in Ireland with an additional 400 seriously ill children diagnosed each year.

The name ‘Little Blue Heroes’ came about when they found that a large number of the children they support have a strong fascination with police uniform, equipment and vehicles. This has even led some of the children to make a wish to become honorary gardaí and become part of the garda family.

The sponsors of the event for 2022 are:

Adrian Quinn Car Sales.

Alan Wall / Daltech.

Barrog Healthcare.

City East Construction.

Connaught 4x4 spares.


Declan Daly Automotive.


Irish Wholesale Flags.

JD Transport.

Karl Goodwin Motors.

Kevin Talbot Home Building.

Mammon Competitions.

Manhattan Popcorn.

NIO Cocktails.

OBW Technologies.

O’Leary Insurance.



Smithstown Auto Repair.

Sosueme / Dripping Gold.

Steeltech Sheds.

Supermacs / The Plaza Group.

The Paper People.





Supermac's owner Pat McDonagh's Plaza forecourts are sponsor of the Bumblebee 1000 Supercar run for the Little Blue Heroes. Photo: Jerry McCarthy