Supercars stop off at The Woolpack on UK tour

High performance cars, which are taking part in the Cannonball Lions Road Trip 2017, made a quick pit stop at the Woolpack in Esholt, as the rally makes its way from Dublin on a three day journey around the UK.
 25th March 2016.
Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe
High performance cars, which are taking part in the Cannonball Lions Road Trip 2017, made a quick pit stop at the Woolpack in Esholt, as the rally makes its way from Dublin on a three day journey around the UK. 25th March 2016. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe
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They are mechanical marvels, capable of reaching speeds of more than 200mph by pushing modern vehicle engineering to the limit.

And this weekend a collection of some of the fastest cars on the planet made a pit stop near Leeds as part of a UK-wide tour for charity.

High performance cars, which are taking part in the Cannonball Lions Road Trip 2017, made a quick pit stop at the Woolpack in Esholt, as the rally makes its way from Dublin on a three day journey around the UK.
 25th March 2016.
Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

High performance cars, which are taking part in the Cannonball Lions Road Trip 2017, made a quick pit stop at the Woolpack in Esholt, as the rally makes its way from Dublin on a three day journey around the UK. 25th March 2016. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

The Irish Cannonball Lions Tour 2017, featuring 31 supercars ranging from McLarens to Aston Martins, set off from Dublin on Friday.

The convoy of cars, collectively worth more than an estimated £1.5m, re-grouped at one of the county’s most famous pubs on Saturday as families and car enthusiasts welcomed the fleet at The Woolpack in the village of Esholt, a staple of ITV’s Emmerdale set.

Lamborghinis, Porsches and Ferraris were among the supercars that lined the street outside the popular pub at lunchtime.

Set up in 2009, the annual Cannonball road trips take place several times a year and have helped raise more than 900,000 Euros for children’s charities in Ireland.

High performance cars, which are taking part in the Cannonball Lions Road Trip 2017, made a quick pit stop at the Woolpack in Esholt, as the rally makes its way from Dublin on a three day journey around the UK.
 25th March 2016.
Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

High performance cars, which are taking part in the Cannonball Lions Road Trip 2017, made a quick pit stop at the Woolpack in Esholt, as the rally makes its way from Dublin on a three day journey around the UK. 25th March 2016. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

Cannonball founder Alan Bannon, who drove a Bentley Continental GT on the latest trip, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Emmerdale is very popular in Ireland. We usually do several stops on the trips to keep the group of cars together. We always try to find interesting locations to and regroup the cars on the route.

“It was a nice turn out at The Woolpack, there was a lot of children and car enthusiasts looking at the cars up close.”

Before heading on towards the final leg of the journey in Scotland, the roaring convoy made a final pit stop and visited The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate at lunchtime yesterday.

Mr Bannon, 44, said the motorists were taken aback by the region’s scenery.

High performance cars, which are taking part in the Cannonball Lions Road Trip 2017, made a quick pit stop at the Woolpack in Esholt, as the rally makes its way from Dublin on a three day journey around the UK.
 25th March 2016.
Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

High performance cars, which are taking part in the Cannonball Lions Road Trip 2017, made a quick pit stop at the Woolpack in Esholt, as the rally makes its way from Dublin on a three day journey around the UK. 25th March 2016. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

He added: “Yorkshire is spectacular. All the people on the trip were saying it was one of the best driving days ever. It was some of the most amazing scenery people had ever seen.”

The Lions Tour 2017 started in Dublin before moving onto Wales for the first day of the trip.

The supercars then veered into England and visited Manchester ahead of their planned pit stops in Yorkshire.

They embarked on the final part of the three-day journey on Sunday, and arrived at the final stop in Scotland today.

Mr Bannon said that since its inception nearly a decade ago the tour has become one of the largest of its kind in the world.

He said: “We set the Cannonball tours up in 2009, but it’s technically now the largest organised road trip in Europe.”

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