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Moray Supercars (and heroes) turn out for Liam


By Alistair Whitfield

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Thanks have been given to everyone who supported the extra-special Cannon Bawz Run this weekend.

Super heroes and supercars on the Elgin Plainstones.
Super heroes and supercars on the Elgin Plainstones.

This year's rally was poignant for everyone involved as Liam O'Neill – the man who first inspired the annual event – passed away last month at the age of 38.

A total of 35 cars set off from Elgin on Saturday morning.

After listening to a video message from Formula One legend Jackie Stewart, they set off for a tour of the NC500 route.

Kris O'Neill, Liam's older brother, said: "We filled the high street with vehicles of all sorts – from supercars to sports cars to classic cars.

"They were all stickered and numbered up, ready to take on the two-day adventure.

"We were also joined by Batman, Robin, Spider-Man and Police Scotland.

Kris (right) with his brother Liam, who battled a rare genetic condition called Marfan Syndrome.
Kris (right) with his brother Liam, who battled a rare genetic condition called Marfan Syndrome.

Kris, who is a air ambulance paramedic, added: "Our first stop was the Tarvies café, Garve, where we were treated to a lovely breakfast roll and cuppa.

"Then onto Lochcarron Hotel where we broke up into smaller groups to tackle the Bealach na Bà pass over to Applecross.

"We stayed there overnight and had an auction of items donated by local businesses.

"There was also live music from Fat King George, and I sang the Foo Fighters song 'My Hero' for my incredible brother Liam.

"The next day we continued the journey around the stunning coastal roads and stopped at the beauty spot Kylesku Bridge, where we enjoyed a daytime fireworks display.

"The run finished at Dunronbin Castle near Golspie where we were met by a DMC DeLorean car which was the time machine in the Back to The Future movies.

"It was the perfect end to an amazing weekend.

Back to the Future at Dunrobin Castle.
Back to the Future at Dunrobin Castle.

"Thanks so much to all the companies and to everyone that helped make Cannon Bawz 7 for our hero Liam so special.

"The event raised a great amount for our charities the Marfan Trust and Race Against Dementia."

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