Cannonball 2000: Epic run begins
A PETROLHEAD'S DREAM COME TRUE: Above shows founder Gary Redman's Ferrari California with promo girls at the Cannonball 2000 event in the UK.
Earlier in August 2012 we reported on Cannonball 2000 participants doing their bit for charity by taking sick children and their families out in a variety of exotic cars.
On Wednesday (September 5 2012) a convoy of 50 supercars, worth more than R66-million, set off from London on an epic 3200km (2000 miles, geddit?) rally as part of the Cannonball 2000.
Setting off from the UK, after London the run will take drivers through four European cities - Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Milan and Paris - to generate funds for children’s charity Dreams Come True and Barnado's children's home.
The event was started by champion boxer Ricky Hatton waving a chequered flag (for some reason!) alongside a bevvy of glamour girls.
Vehicles in the Cannonball 2000 range from the rare to the exotic, such as a DeLorean DMC-12 (of 'Back to the Future' fame) to a Lamborghini Gallardo LP570 Performante.
FUN RACE FOR CHARITY
Prestige British models such as a Bentley Speed, GTC convertible and a number of Aston Martins (one of them a 1999 DB7 Vantage Volante convertible and several DB9 models, joined more traditional entries.
Ferrari fans will be pleased to see a number of entries from the iconic marque including a California, 430 and 360 Modena, while Japanese petrol heads are represented by the Nissan Skyline and 350Z GT Roadster.
Cannonball 2000 founder Gary Redman commented: “Cannonball 2000 is for everybody who possesses a down-to-earth, fun-loving attitude and wants to enjoy themself. This is a unique event which transcends all barriers of gender, race, religion or financial status.
"Cannonballers will experience five days of the most amazing scenery, luxury hotels and VIP access to top night clubs and will be rubbing shoulders with celebrities and other like-minded people.”
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