THE CANNONBALL ROUTE 2018. SUPERCARS INVADING A FORTIFIED ENCLOSURE.
ARRIVING LATE AT THE LOCATION
We got up at 7:00 AM and departed from the mediterranean coast city of Tarragona to the old cathedral of Lleida, more or less at a 100 km from where we were leaving. The meeting was organized at 9:00AM and as you were aproaching to the city, some M3's were refueling at last minute to get prepared. The city was quite empty, it was a Sunday so people were sleeping. The only sound you could hear were pops and bangs coming from the Golf R's and GTI's exhausts. There was a little drizzle, and some threatening clouds wich meant that in the journey everyone would be all drench from head to toe.
It's typical to say that the best always comes last, that's my philosofy. With no rush at all we arrived and parked beside a magnificent Golf GTI MK5.
The meeting took place, in "La Seu Vella" wich is an architectural monument of the city of Lleida in Catalonia. It stands on a hill that bears its name, from which we can see the whole city, the Segre River and much of the Lleida countryside. La Seu Vella is part of a monumental complex also integrated by the Castle of the King and the military fortification that surrounds them. All three elements are listed as Cultural Good of National Interest.
The views from the top were very nice, as you could see nerly everybit of Lleida's landscape, and the cars helped to improve everyhing. As always our B8 A4 3.0 TDI quattro S-Tronic joins us in these roadtrips, with plenty of grunt and amazing looks, always catches lots of looks.
It was exactly at half past nine when we fired up the engines to start this epic journey. The cars made so much noise, that you could even hear it from the main city.
Even though my satellite thunderstorm detector, was giving signals of incoming precipitation. At that moment the weather was quite stable, the drizzle had stopped and the temperature was very comfortable. The variety of cars made the situation exceptionally special, you could see supercars, hot-hatchbacks, supersaloons and even SUV's like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S wich was also taking part in the tour.
We all made a well-organized line, in wich everyone waited the others to be prepared. We went down the stretch of road wich enters the church enclosure slowly and gently, and many people who were visiting it, inmediately turned their attention into the cars.
We all continued driving down the path wich goes straight in to the modern bit of the city, looking quite smug, chasing the M3 and getting followed close by one of the R8's.
Inmediately a very yellowish Abarth 595 started overtaking everyone, wich we found strange as we dind't notice that it was the photographer.
All cars gathered in the enclosure. This is one of those moments wich as a car enthusiast you always remember.
GETTING OUT OF THE FORTIFIED ENCLOSURE ISN'T THAT EASY
After having driven past the same 40 km/h speed signal about three times, we realised that something was being done wrong. In fact we had been driving around the same 14th century stretch of road made entirely of badly placed tiles for 15 minutes.
1 minute video resuming the first miles of the route.
AND THAT'S HOW WE END THE DAY.
We realised that we were on the wrong direction, and when we finally got it a Porsche got lost. After all of that catastrophic mistakes, the convoy seemed to be in place again. Surprisingly everybody had enough time to cross the traffic light except us. We had to wait for what it seemed the longest minute of our lives. And when the lights turned green the other drivers had driven far away. We caught them up easily, and continued going on. The roadtrip didn't last much as everybody was driving with no care for any other one in the route, the convoy got disbanded in a couple of minutes. Wich meant that everybody went on their own.
While everything lasted with order it was fabulous, but when we got mixed with the traffic the results were chaotic. Never mind, it was an incredible experience.
Arnau Garcia Escudé