McKay completes McRae goal

Rally fan Mark McKay raised almost £1,000 after completing a marathon 24-hour charity drive around Scotland’s senior football clubs in memory of WRC legend Colin McRae.

Bus driver McKay and co-driver Lisa McShane covered almost 1400km as they visited all 42 grounds in a £200 Ford Focus, which he converted into a replica of the Martini-liveried World Rally Car the Scot campaigned in the WRC.

They started from Ross County FC in Dingwall at 16.15 on 15 September,
exactly 10 years after McRae, his son Johnny and two family friends died in a helicopter accident.

They finished just over 24 hours later at St Mirren’s ground in Paisley, after shrugging off several problems to raise money for the Who Dares Cares charity. The trust was founded by two former soldiers to help people affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.

Gales and torrential rain hampered early progress but a more serious problem with the car, affectionately known as Colin, threatened the drive as darkness fell.

“Just north of Aberdeen we had rear light failure, the tail and registration plate lights. I spent around an hour, in darkness and pouring rain, trying to get the lights working to no avail. It seemed we were dead in the water,” said McKay.

Mark McKay and Lisa McShane in 'Colin'

“However, after a year of planning, we didn’t want to give up that easily. I wired up the offside tail-light to the interior boot light, and screwed a camping head torch into the rear Ford badge on the tailgate and aimed it down onto the registration plate.”

Despite falling 95 minutes behind schedule, the duo regained time during the night and were welcomed to Paisley by family and friends.

“Things got a bit emotional inside the car as we knew this was going to be a success. We were ecstatically happy,” said McKay, who already has plans for an even more ambitious challenge.

“We have one eye on next year and have started discussions to do a European stadia challenge which will start in Barcelona before taking in clubs in Spain, France, Italy, England and Scotland,” he added.


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