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Retro Cannonball 2019

July 12, 2019 - July 13, 2019

Kinsale has been chosen to host the first ever start line for RETRO Cannonball on July 12th 2019 and the event will also take in Clonakilty, Roscarbery, Skibbereen, and Bantry. The start line will be at the Marina in Kinsale at 10am on Friday morning July 12th 2019 and thousands are expected to flock to the scenic seaside town to view the display of classic cars. This is the first time that the Cannonball Supercar event has gone RETRO and Kinsale was chosen to host the start-line because it has always been a firm favourite of Cannonball and its proximity to such Ireland’s top driving routes. Ciaran Fitzgerald at the Blue Haven Hotel extended the invitation to Cannonball founder Alan Bannon late last year and has been a huge support.

Driving through the countryside in a classic sports car taking in magnificent mountain views and rugged coastlines, aromas of summer infusing the crisp air, retro sounds blasting from the stereo and the authentic driving experience of a perfect classic with the roof down – it’s a bucket list adventure.

Old-fashioned road trips are trendy again. Surveys show they are on the rise and on Instagram, the hashtag #roadtrip shows up 46 million times. Now in 2019, for the first time, Cannonball Ireland are adding a Retro Cannonball sponsored by Teng Tools USA. The classic run starts in Kinsale on July 12th and takes in Healy Pass, Kenmare, Molls Gap, Inch Beach, Dingle, Slea Head, Conor Pass, Tralee and finishes at Bunratty Castle on July 13th 2019.

“The all new Retro Cannonball Classic Run featuring cars from the 60’s,70’s, 80’s and early 90’s takes us back to our roots when the mad-cap Cannonball Movie was made” said Cannonball founder Alan Bannon “We are going all out retro and welcoming cars from this golden era to take in stunning drives and world-famous rally routes. Classic runs are a longstanding tradition steeped in nostalgia and pop culture and we want to add our own Cannonball twist to make this a truly unforgettable experience for both drivers and spectators”

Classic cars are about the experience, style, exclusivity and craftsmanship, all of which are universal and timeless. 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. Add in the spectacle, heady excitement and adrenalin-fuelled festival atmosphere that Cannonball is renowned for and the traditional classic run goes up a gear. This is a road-trip planned with adventure, luxury, breath-taking scenery, unforgettable experiences and spontaneity in mind.

Cannonball Ireland is an established event management company since 2008 and has already raised €1,016,000 for Irish Charities and attracts over 190,000 spectators every September as well as international road-trips across the UK, Scotland, Europe and America. In 2019, Cannonball are proud to partner with the Irish Cancer Society. Cannonball is one of the most unique motoring fraternities in the world with breath-taking driving routes, luxurious hospitality and that rare ‘camarderie’ that makes Cannonball a truly unforgettable experience.

The Retro Cannonball Road Trip is all-inclusive and the fee of €875 per person sharing includes hotels, coffee stops lunch, evening meals and entertainment. See for details.


Kinsale to host Cannonball RETRO official start line


First ever Cannonball RETRO road-trip coming to Kinsale


July 12, 2019
July 13, 2019
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Cannonball Ireland
+353 45 40 9099


Emmet Place, Kinsale, Co. Cork P17 C973 Ireland + Google Map