On 5th September 2012 fifty supercars driven by a myriad of celebrities and prestige car owners will embark on a 2,000 mile journey over five days taking them from London to Paris, via Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Milan, raising funds for children’s charity Dreams Come True (www.dctc.org.uk).
This inaugural fundraising road trip is described as ‘the motoring lifestyle event of 2012’ and living up to its strapline it has already attracted an impressive line up of vehicle entries. With entries ranging from the rare to the exotic, such as a DeLorean DMC-12 – as film fans will recognise from the Back to the Future films – and a Lamborghini Gallardo LP570 Performante, the Cannonball 2000 is guaranteed to turn heads on its route across Europe.
Prestige British models such as the Bentley Speed, Bentley GTC convertible and a number of Aston Martin’s, including a 1999 DB7 Vantage Volante (convertible) and several DB9 models, join more traditional entries including a Range Rover Sport, Jaguar XK and a large number of BMWs and Porsche entries. Ferrari fans will be pleased to see a number of entries from the iconic marque including a California, 430 and 360 Modena, while the Japanese petrol heads are represented by Nissan Skyline and 350Z GT Roadster.
Cannonball 2000 is a chance to be a part of a journey like no other. From the official formation grid start at the London Hilton Park Lane Hotel on 5th September, the event takes in dramatic scenery along a rewarding driving route complimented each evening by exclusive VIP experiences including a beach front party at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, to Monaco’s famous Casino and nightclub of the rich and famous Jimmy’s, taking in the ambience of the F1 Grand Prix in Milan to the grand finale in Paris.
Celebrities already signed up and confirmed as Cannonball participants are former twice world champion boxer Ricky Hatton who will be driving his Bentley GT Speed, ITV’s Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher and Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas.
Ricky Hatton says of the Cannonball 2000: “This is the first ever time I have taken part in anything like this and I can’t wait. I am taking my luxurious Bentley as I felt my three wheeler Robin Reliant – just like the one in Only Fools and Horses – would look very much out of place on this journey.”
The Cannonball 2000 chosen charity partner is Dreams Come True, a charity that helps children from 2 to 21 with both life threatening and long-term illness by providing each child with an unforgettable experience providing wonderful memories to share with loved ones and friends. Part of the Cannonball 2000 fee goes directly to Dreams Come True and there will be special fundraising opportunities throughout the event.