Tuesday | 24 Mar 2015

McRae festival celebrates title anniversary

Some of Colin McRae’s most iconic competition cars will be showcased at a two-day festival to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the late Scot’s 1995 FIA World Rally Championship triumph.

His title-winning Subaru Impreza 555 will headline the McRae Rally Challenge at Knockhill race circuit in Scotland on 16 - 17 May. Other cars include McRae’s original autotesting Mini, Martini-liveried Ford Focus RS WRCs and his first rally car, a Talbot Sunbeam.

Up to 15 Group B cars from the 1980s will also attend and many of the exhibits will also be seen in action.

The festival will include an invitational rally, bringing together drivers in current machinery and classic rally cars, and a special section for 14-17-year-old rising stars.

Top names already signed up include Citroen WRC driver Kris Meeke, who was mentored by McRae in the early stages of his career, and former Hyundai and Mitsubishi works driver Alister McRae, Colin’s younger brother.

“I have many happy memories of my time in Scotland, where I was given such a warm welcome by the McRae family and indeed the wider rallying fraternity,” said Meeke.

“Colin’s support, advice and encouragement played a huge part in the development of my early rallying career and gave me the opportunity to compete at the highest level. It will be great to be able to relax amongst friends in the build up to the WRC round in Portugal the following weekend.”

Others already entered include former British champion David Bogie and ex-Scottish champions Euan Thorburn, Ken Wood and Gary Adam.

Further information can be found here.

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