September 5, 2008

Very Cool: Colin McRae tribute


30 mile McRae convoy smashes world records
More than 1000 Subaru owners and thousands more fans have celebrated the life of Colin McRae this weekend.

A convoy, which at its peak stretched 30 miles with an estimated 1100 Subaru cars, left Colin’s home town of Lanark on Saturday morning, led by his father Jimmy McRae. Nine hours and 300 miles later, it arrived at Prodrive’s headquarters in Banbury, having been cheered along the way by thousands of fans who stood on every available motorway bridge on route.

“Literally every bridge had people waving and cheering us along with many hanging the Saltire from the railings.” said Grant Hendry, who led the McRae Gathering convoy. “It turned what was an already memorable event into a truly amazing and emotional occasion.”

The convoy re-gathered at Prodrive’s headquarters in Banbury on Sunday morning, before being led up the M40 by Colin McRae’s original 1996 Impreza rally car. In a fitting finale to the event, a sign almost half a mile long and made up of 1086 Subarus spelt out COLIN MCRAE and the Scottish Saltire in a new official Guinness World Record – smashing the previous record by more than 800 cars.

It is estimated that the event has raised nearly £40,000 for the McRae charities.



  1. I couldn't think of a more fitting tribute.

    I was standing on the Grid at Spa last year after the race, when we spotted a Scot wearing a black armband, my wife having lived in Scotland for a few years asked who the armband was for and that's how we learned of the accident.

    Possibly the strangest emotional mix I've ever encountered, my elation at having just watched a Ferrari 1-2 and the horrific shock, left me crying tears of joy and sorrow at the same time.

  2. I was lucky enough to be one of the cars that took part. I'm parked somewhere in the frist C! It was organised by some friends of mine who were (and still are) huge McRae fans.

    Was an incredible weekend that we'll all remember for many a year to come.

    There's going to be prints of one of the aerial pictures being sold for charity soon to hopefully raise even more money.

  3. Very nice. If you have some pictures send them and I'll post them!


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