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25 Years Ago Today...



David Stuart

ClioSport Club Member
Went to ignition festival in Glasgow a few years back and his dad drove his Impreza in the driving arena. Sounded amazing.

Also thought the Chris Harris piece on top gear is probably their best VT since the change of presenters.

I was 8 years old when this happened so it kinda of passed me by. But the legacy of a PlayStation game and then the continuation of his career and the focus it got north of the boarder in the mainstream media meant I got the chance to catch up. Absolute legend.


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massivewangers

ClioSport Club Member
  Several
Went to ignition festival in Glasgow a few years back and his dad drove his Impreza in the driving arena. Sounded amazing.

Also thought the Chris Harris piece on top gear is probably their best VT since the change of presenters.

I was 8 years old when this happened so it kinda of passed me by. But the legacy of a PlayStation game and then the continuation of his career and the focus it got north of the boarder in the mainstream media meant I got the chance to catch up. Absolute legend.


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I'm the same a bit really. My earliest rallying memories are of McRae, but in a Rothmans Legacy. I don't have much memory of the championship, but the later Subaru stuff, and the video games were a big part of my youth.

Great driver but I can’t get over the helicopter crash and the kids he killed.
I suspect he didn't set out to kill children...

What happened was a tragedy, and he was responsible for it, but we are all irresponsible sometimes. I'm sure everyone on here has put their foot down when they have had other people in the car with them on occasion. In McRae's case, the toys were bigger and more dangerous, and therefore the consequences were too. It shouldn't have happened, but I guess it was his approach to life in a way.

Anyway, this isn't a thread about his death, but about his achievement 25 years ago.
 

Silent_Scone

ClioSport Club Member
  Evo 5 RS
Great driver but I can’t get over the helicopter crash and the kids he killed.
Out of context, you're making that sound really quite ominous! At no point would I stop and think about those circumstances, and it certainly doesn't sour his career as one of the worlds greatest.
 

Cads

ClioSport Club Member
  Mazda 6
I remember my dad taking us to Chatsworth House, Clumber Park and I’m sure there was a stage at Donnington we did too.
Great days out standing in the woods for hours, often in the rain, as the cars flew by. The smell of hot oil lives long in the memory.
Nearly as long as the memory of waiting to get out the bloody car park.
As for McRae he was the most entertaining driver and refused to give a quarter even when it was the right thing to do.
Legend is an over used term these days. But he was and will always be a legend of the sport.
 

mossyv6

ClioSport Club Member
  Trophy,V6,5GT,AG200
I remember my dad taking us to Chatsworth House, Clumber Park and I’m sure there was a stage at Donnington we did too.
Great days out standing in the woods for hours, often in the rain, as the cars flew by. The smell of hot oil lives long in the memory.
Nearly as long as the memory of waiting to get out the bloody car park.
As for McRae he was the most entertaining driver and refused to give a quarter even when it was the right thing to do.
Legend is an over used term these days. But he was and will always be a legend of the sport.
Watching the Lombard rally at Clumber will never be forgotten. You could literally stand at the side of the cars as they came thundering through - fantastic!!
 

Pauleds

ClioSport Club Member
  Merc Dueliner sport
I am still yet to attend an event which had the same reaction to Colin coming through the stages as it was that day. The atmosphere was out of this world. Still gives me goosebumps thinking about it.

Brilliant story from Petter Solberg today saying how he used to bug Colin when testing asking 20 questions then one day Colin told him to sit next to him and scared the s**t out of him 🤣
 

jameswrx

ClioSport Club Member
Amazing driver but my biggest wow moment from him was when I was at a celebration day for suzuki at Brands Hatch (must have been circa 2001/2).

He turns up in his helicopter and jumps on a British superbike and goes out with Kevin Schwanz and was lapping Brands with him. He was insanely fast and (it was obviously a while back) I’m sure the commentators were saying he was lapping not far off bsb spec.

That kind of blew my mind just to see him ride like a pro racer just rocking up like that.
 
There is an excellent Collecting Car's podcast which covers Colin McRae - some great stories, highlight being one when his dad wrecked a car whilst testing a rally stage jump which no other drivers were attempting, yet Colin was convinced could be done. Ultimately in the race, there was a huge risk of crashing for very, very little time gained, yet he still did it!
 

massivewangers

ClioSport Club Member
  Several
Amazing driver but my biggest wow moment from him was when I was at a celebration day for suzuki at Brands Hatch (must have been circa 2001/2).

He turns up in his helicopter and jumps on a British superbike and goes out with Kevin Schwanz and was lapping Brands with him. He was insanely fast and (it was obviously a while back) I’m sure the commentators were saying he was lapping not far off bsb spec.

That kind of blew my mind just to see him ride like a pro racer just rocking up like that.
A lot of British rally drivers have been handy on bikes over the years. A lot of them start out doing trials etc. I remember an interview where one said it massively helped with car control, as it gave great feeling for the car moving underneath you. They're probably the most adaptable drivers in the world really.
 

McGherkin

ClioSport Club Member
There is an excellent Collecting Car's podcast which covers Colin McRae - some great stories, highlight being one when his dad wrecked a car whilst testing a rally stage jump which no other drivers were attempting, yet Colin was convinced could be done. Ultimately in the race, there was a huge risk of crashing for very, very little time gained, yet he still did it!
I remember Nicky Grist telling that story in a hotel at Rally GB a few years back. It’s a proper belter.

Reporting to David Richards that they’d just written off a recce car trying the jump, but it was okay because the actual rally car would be faster. Colin didn’t even know he was going to do it until he got there, and Nicky didn’t know he was going to do it until Colin kept accelerating and accelerating when he should have slowed right down, lol.

Colin only did it the once. Even he realised that whilst it gained him several seconds, he only pulled it off by fluke. Absolute nutter.
 

massivewangers

ClioSport Club Member
  Several
That's why he faded away sadly. He was brutally fast and braver than anyone, but he couldn't match the calculated approach that others brought to the table, especially Loeb.
 

Darren S

ClioSport Club Member
They're probably the most adaptable drivers in the world really.
Totally agree with that.

You'll get the obvious talent of the likes of Hamilton and his F1 siblings - but proportionally, I think a rally driver would do better behind the wheel of an F1 car, than an F1 driver would do on a rally stage.

There's a lot more car control with rallying where you're relying on the loss of actual grip to get you around corners and sweeping bends - but only when you want to! F1 relies on huge levels of grip at all times. Plus in F1, you get super smooth tarmac that is dry, damp or wet. No ice. No gravel. No mud. No dust.

Rallying really is on another level.
 

Willo40

ClioSport Club Member
  2.8T Aero
Defo a hero of mine, never lucky enough to see him race in person, not much use now, but i am sure he lived quite a life while he was alive, don't think their will ever be another like him, David Jeffries reminded me of him, did everything flat out, i was lucky enough to see him at the TT the year before he was killed.

Also agree with the above, Rally drivers are the most skilful drives on the planet.
 


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