Has it been a year already? The calender says so, but it seems closer, two months ago, maybe four, that the news that Colin McRae, one of the worlds great rally drivers was killed in a helicopter crash along with his son and two others.
Private aviation seems to be about as forgiving of racing greats as it is of musicians. McRae went the way of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Graham Hill and Lynyrd Skynyrd and Alan Kulwicki and nearly the same as his friend and fellow Scot David Coulthard.
McRea was a rare race driver, uncommonly brave, blindingly fast, and completely committed to his sport; committed to the point that when an offending finger of his left hand was not healing quick enough to allow him to race, he asked his doctor to amputate if it wasn’t healed by the next rally.
Spontaneously last year, McRae fans that were also Subaru owners from across Britain drove towards his hometown in memorial of his passing. They will do the same again this year this coming Saturday, August 30, led by Colin’s father, Jimmy, who will be driving his son’s famous, championship winning 555 WRC Subaru from the family home in Lanark to the Prodrive factory in Banbury, southern England.
All the reserved slots are taken, but more info can be foundand if there are any readers out there that are going, take some photos and let us know what it was like.