POOR weather failed to dampen the enthusiasm of a large crowd who gathered to greet the first ever Cannonball run to visit Limerick on Saturday.
The procession of over 150 of some of the world’s top cars into the city on Saturday evening, which featured Lamborghinis, Ferraris, McLaren and novelty vehicles as diverse as the DeLorean made famous by the Back to the Future movies, an ‘A-Team’ van, a ‘Ghostbusters’ car and an NYPD patrol car.
The largest organised road trip in Europe, which began in Dublin and ended in Tipperary on Sunday, was making its first trip to Limerick, with the whole endeavour intended to raise funds for children’s charity Lara Lynn.
One of the drivers, Liam Melia from Kilcormack in Offaly, who bought his Nissan 350Z from the Frank Hogan dealership in Limerick, said the reception into Pery Square was “brilliant”.
“It is great craic and it is all for charity, this is my fifth year doing it,” he said, standing beside his car, which boasts a 3.5 litre V6 engine with 313 brake horsepower.
“When I turned at the top of the road and saw the crowds, it was unbelievable,” he added.
Sean Murphy from Castleconnell, who was attending with his children, marvelled at the array of cars.
“It is great, I hope they have one next year, fair play to the drivers letting the lads sit into the car - it is a fabulous event with an amazing array of cars,” he said.