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Moray car rally ThunderBawz heading to James Bond territory


By Alistair Whitfield

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Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall.
Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall.

Car enthusiasts – and James Bond fans – are being invited to join a rally going from Elgin to Glencoe and back again.

ThunderBawz, setting off from Elgin later this month, will be heading to the neighbourhood where the Bond movie Skyfall was famously made.

The rally is an offshoot of The CannonBawz Run which, since 2015, has been raising money primarily for the Marfun Trust.

Kris O'Neill (right) with his brother Liam, who died in 2021.
Kris O'Neill (right) with his brother Liam, who died in 2021.

Their founder is Kris O'Neill, a paramedic from Moray whose younger brother, Liam, died from Marfun Syndrome, a rare genetic condition which causes the bones to grow longer than they should.

Amongst the famous folk who have lent their support to previous rallies are motor racing legend Jackie Stewart, and Judi Dench, who starred in the movie as M, the boss of James Bond.

Kris said: "We plan to relive the James Bond adventure in style, going down past Loch Ness, then on to Fort Augustus, Fort William and Glencoe.

"We'll be having lunch at the Kinghouse Hotel, before visiting the location where Skyfall was filmed.

"Then on the way back that same evening we'll be stopping off in Aviemore for a pizza with Highland Slice."

Cars leaving Elgin at a rally last year. Picture: Beth Taylor.
Cars leaving Elgin at a rally last year. Picture: Beth Taylor.

ThunderBawz – 008 A Licence to Drive is taking place on Sunday, November 26.

Participants will meet in the car park outside the town hall at 8am, before leaving Elgin at 9am.

Register at Cannonbawz.com


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