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2008-09-02 09:20
McRae, tribute

More than 1 000 Subaru owners came together this weekend to celebrate the life of former WRC champion Colin McRae, and shattered two Guiness World Records in the process.

The convoy, led by his father Jimmy McRae, left Colin's home town of Lanark on Saturday morning for Prodrive's Banbury headquarters. It arrived there nine hours later after being cheered along the way by thousands of fans.

“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.”

On Sunday morning, the convoy, being led by McRae's original 1996 Impreza rally car, drove from Prodrive's headquarters to the company's test track. There the 1 086 cars assembled spelt out Colin McRae and formed a Scottish Saltire for a new Guiness World Record.

The convoy broke a second Guiness record as it left the Prodrive track by creating the largest parade of cars.

At one stage the convoy, with an estimated 1 100 Subarus, stretched across 48 km.

The event raised nearly £40 000 for McRae's charities.


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