1984 Australian Cannonball Cup

Dedicated to preserving the history of this cross-country race – Australia's own "Cannonball Run"

The original Australian Cannonball Cup logo

On 2 November 1984, 33 teams set out from Sunbury, Victoria on a 3,800 kilometre race across Australia to Fremantle, Western Australia.

32 hours, 22 minutes later, Charlie Kovacs and Len Walsh were first across the line in a six-wheeled Holden HX ute and provisionally awarded the winners of the first Australian Cannonball Cup.

Some time after the race, the organisers disqualified Kovacs and Walsh and awarded the second-placed team of John Hassard, Ian Bray and John Crowle the winners.

On this website you will find out more about the race, the teams that particpated, stories from the race, and see original documents, media reports, photos and video from the event.


Len Walsh and girlfriend, Charlie Kovacs, Ian Bray, John Crowle, John Hassard, Barbara Langshaw, Mark Kent (Source: John Hassard)

Cannonball Paradise to Perth logo

The Cannonball Sea to Shining Sea Paradise to Perth Trophy Dash

The Australian Cannonball Cup wasn't the only race of this type in Australia, and it wasn't the first!

Organised by Jeff Denmeade when he was just 20, The Cannonball Sea to Shining Sea Paradise to Perth Trophy Dash ran from Surfers Paradise in Queensland, Australia, and finished in Perth.

Although 12 vehicles had entered the race, on October 22, 1984 only 3 cars started after the rest had all dropped out.

The race was won by brothers Alex and Jim Davidson and Eddie Otto, driving a Trans Am.

There was a second and final running in 1986.


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