MOUSTACHIOED Michael Madden managed to be the first Kilkenny person up the finishing straight on the city’s Parade as part of the Cannonball Run in aid of the Barrettstown Castle charity for sick children on Sunday evening. His Lamborghini roared over the line much to the delight of the thousands of people who turned up to support the event and to see the 150 supercharged cars in what was an adrenalin fuelled event.
There were Ferraris, , McLarens, an Aston Martin, a Porche, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Bentley, a few Mustangs, the notorious General Lee’s car from the movie “Dukes of Hazard” and the Back to the Future Delorian while the ESB electric powered Nissan Leaf looked a little out of place but was a welcome addition.
The biggest cheer was reserved for Kilkenny senior hurling team captain, Brian Hogan, team colleague Michael Rice and the Liam McCarthy Cup aboard a luxurious Bentley.
Not everyone enjoyed the revving up that is part of these motor car events, Dogs ran for cover as the engines roared and it was hard to blame them.
The cars were waved over the line by the Mayor of the city, Cllr David Fitzgerald and by Miss Kilkenny, Derbhilia Coogan who Represented Kilkenny and Langton’s at the recent Miss Ireland Pageant. And when the cars parked on the Castle Park, there was huge interest in the expensive luxury vehicles and the winners showed great patience with young and old motor enthusiasts who queied to sit in the driver’s seat of cars which are a little out of their price range.