James Bond fans will tour film locations in an old funeral limousine

A group of Wakefield men are set to do a  James Bond themed car rally around Europe in an old hearse
A group of Wakefield men are set to do a James Bond themed car rally around Europe in an old hearse

A group of madcap friends are set to tour James Bond film locations in Europe in an ex funeral limousine.

The Kirkthorpe Cavemen will visit mountainous settings from GoldenEye and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in a 1992 Vauxhall Carlton they bought for £400.

The Bond ‘banger’ will form part of a convoy of unlikely vehicles on the charity Fireball Rally next month.

Friends Mikey Davany, Andy and Stevie Whiteley, of Kirkthorpe, Normanton’s Mark Ellis and Lancastrian Leon Bellamy will drive through eight counties in four days for The Dogs Trust and My Burns Club.

They have dubbed themselves the Kirkthorpe Cavemen and have set up a Facebook Page.

They decided to take part in the zany continental rally, which has odd prizes, after seeing an advert on Facebook.

Mr Davany, 35, said: “One of the prizes is for ‘best banger and most unlikely car to make it round’. We dropped on this Vauxhall Carlton. It’s an ex funeral limousine and was used for funeral processions.

“It was made in 1992. It’s a banger. It was supposed to be £500 but the back window was missing, so the seller knocked £100 off. I think we’ve got ‘the best banger prize’ in the bag.”

But after a bit of repair work the car was expected to pass its MoT yesterday. The car has also had a paint job by Graffiti Artists 2 Hire’s Martin Hayhurst. It’s bodywork also features logos for their chosen charities.

The September 17-20 rally will visit iconic destinations from the world of James Bond. It will venture through France, Switzerland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.”

Mr Davany said: “I’m hoping we make it and don’t break down. We just want to raise a lot of money for two charities who so richly deserve it. We have quite a unique car which I’m sure many people think won’t make it, but that’s part of the fun.

“We have paid for everything ourselves so all donations will be going straight to our chosen charities, The Dogs Trust and My Burns Club, which is an organisation which provides invaluable support for children who suffered burns in the Yorkshire and Humberside area.”

You can follow their adventures on Facebook at ‘Kirkthorpe Caveman Fireball Rally’.

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