Almost 1,100 Subaru’s honored Colin McRae

It’s been almost a year since the auto world was stunned when legendary rally driver Colin McRae died in a helicopter accident, with three more persons including his 4 year old son. To honor him, approximately 1100 Subaru cars gathered in front of Colin’s residence in Scotland on Saturday August 30. The convoy, that stretched 30 miles drove for nine hours (300 miles) to Prodrive’s headquarters in Banbury, with thousands of fans cheering along the way. “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.”

After that, on Sunday morning, the 1086 Subaru’s, led by Colin McRae’s original 1996 Impreza rally car syncronized and formed a sign almost half a mile long that spelled out COLIN MCRAE along with the Scottish flag. The event, besides raising nearly £40,000 for the McRae charities, broke two Guiness World Records, one for the largest sign made out of cars and the second for the largest parade of cars.

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Comments (12)

  • Telkom says:

    Absolutely incredible, a great tribute to a great legend.
    RIP Colin

  • Mag says:

    This gives me chills. What a beautiful and touching display.

  • Hmm says:

    Just imagine if all these people had instead volunteered their time that day to help out those less fortunate - that would have been a great accomplishment - instead they all spent their day in group adulation of a race car driver..

    Athletes are not heroes! Heroes don’t do what they do for recognition or respect, they just do it, usually as great cost to themselves.. We need to stop idolizing athletes and race car drivers, and actually do something worthwhile for a change..

  • Hmm says:

    oops just noticed they raised 40,000 pounds for charity - that was nice.. Still if they had just gone out and helped directly they could have done about a quarter of a million pounds or more of help.. That 40,000 pounds will likely dwindle to a few thousand by the time all the administration fees are removed..

  • nohmm says:

    no, if this hadn’t have been on, they’d have all sat at home and earned 0 for charity.

    sportspeople are a lot more worthy of our adulation than celebrities, they have actually become the best at what they do, there is nothing wrong with admiring and respecting that.


  • intensive driving says:

    Colin McRae was one of the best drivers in the world and it’s appropriate that people show their respect and admiration for a man whose skill, dedication and hard work took him to the pinnacle of his profession.
    I think he was a good role model and worthy of admiration.

  • WRXatlanta says:

    Honestly, this does not surprise me coming from the Subaru community. Very few car communities are this closely knit that they could organize such a massive event for someone that probably had some part in their reason for buying a Subaru in the first place. If it wasn’t for McRae, I would not have fallen in love with the Impreza WRX that I now own and love. Watching him drive made me want to drive a Subaru.

  • Greg Szepietowski says:

    NO Athletes are not heroes, but they are idols! To want to be as good as someone at something can make them your idol. When that someone, who’s greatness is un-precedented, and is an idol to millions, is lost in a tragic accident, it is as sad as the loss of a hero. Colin McRae was a hero in his own right, he made me want to become a rally driver. My whole obsession with cars would have probably died down if it wasn’t for him. So yes I will continue my f*cking adulation of Colin McRae till the day die, I am an athiest but I f*cking worship him.
    And anyone who is willing to go sideways through trees at 120 is my hero. And Colin was the best, so you have to give your respect. When you can drive as well as he can, you can say something, till the STFU!

  • mthd says:

    There is a 5th gear segment on this..go watch it when you get a few minutes:

    RIP McRae

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