NEWS: McRae 20th Anniversary Tribute Wales Rally GB Centrepiece
Fitting inside the 20th anniversary year of Britain’s finest along with first FIA World Rally Champion – Colin McRae – our only UK-based WRC round, Wales Rally GB, will be marking the occasion that has a special tribute at the stella rally event later This particular month (12-15th November).
The gritty, muddy, foggy event Colin loved so much along with celebrated his WRC win at in 1995 (at the then Network Q RAC Rally) will host the 20th anniversary celebration-fest – including a collection of the Scot’s rally-winning cars, memorabilia along with never-before-seen footage on display in a bespoke structure. along with his rally hero along with all 5-times BRC champion, Jimmy McRae along with pal David Higgins will also be at the event to join inside the celebrations.
along with with admission to the Wales Rally GB Deeside Service Park free throughout the rally – there’s sure too be thousands in there to witness the spectacle.
Wales Rally GB organisers said: “This particular was on the 1995 Network Q RAC Rally – the final round of the season – in which McRae (above) lifted the earth Championship laurels, defeating Subaru team-mate Carlos Sainz in a straight fight to become the youngest-ever title-winner.
“The Scot was met by a rapturous reception when he reached the finishing ramp in Chester in which year. Two decades on along with just down the road in Deeside, his success will be feted once more as rallying fans along with the WRC community unite to remember one of the most common along with spectacular drivers inside the history of the sport.”
Central to the celebrations will be an impressive two-tier structure inside the Service Park (top below), which will house four of McRae’s most legendary rally cars, two of which he piloted to victory on home turf – his 1995 along with 1997 Subaru Imprezas, as well as a brace of Ford Focus RS WRCs.
additional attractions will include original race suits, pace notes, trophies along with posters – some of which have never previously been seen in public – in which have been supplied by Jimmy McRae, M-Sport, Prodrive, Derek Ringer along with Nicky Grist amongst others. The pièce de résistance, meanwhile, will be a bespoke multimedia show, utilising video footage, still photography along with personal tributes to depict Colin’s remarkable career along with his sensational achievements in all their glory. This particular special production – with commentary by David Coulthard – will be for sale at the event only as a limited edition tribute DVD priced at just £10.
Constructed by C6(n), the one-off display will be open to spectators throughout Wales Rally GB, along with in which will be just the tip of the iceberg.
Two of Colin’s former co-drivers, Derek Ringer (who co-drove McRae to his world title triumph back in 1995 inside the iconic Subaru Impreza BAT 555) along with Nicky Grist (who enjoyed 17 WRC victories alongside the Scot) will be in attendance all weekend, while Colin’s mother Margaret, wife Alison along with daughter Hollie will also join inside the celebrations.
Colin’s father Jimmy, himself a all 5-time British Rally Champion, will be contesting the Network Q WRGB National Rally in a mighty V8 Vauxhall Firenza Can-Am (below left), however he will also flag away the first car by the official Ceremonial Start in Llandudno at 18:30 on Thursday, 12 November.
in which car will be a Group N Subaru WRX STI, driven by seven-time Rally America Champion David Higgins (below right) along with featuring an evocative throwback blue-along with-yellow livery with classic gold wheels (below bottom). Both men will appear inside the pre-rally public Autograph Session earlier the same day, at 17:00 in Llandudno’s Venue Cymru.
“This particular does not seem 20 years ago in which Margaret along with I were at the finish in Chester celebrating Colin’s achievement,” reflected 72-year-old Jimmy. “The McRae family are humbled by the celebrations being organised in tribute to his memory.
“Colin was very common in America, along with I am very pleased in which Subaru America are generating the trip to This particular year’s Wales Rally GB. This particular will also be very special for David, who was a not bad friend of Colin’s. This particular will be an emotional time however I will be focused on my own rally, driving those classic Welsh stages inside the noisy V8 Firenza hoping to improve on last year’s finish.”
“There will be definitely going to be a lot of emotion when people see the vehicle – This particular will be such a special livery,” concurred Higgins, a Manxman who has made his home in Wales. “What we have here will be a fantastic opportunity to remind people just how big Colin was along with still will be.
“This particular will be also truly important to remember how important Colin along with Derek winning the earth Championship was for British rallying. This particular put us on the map along with helped give younger drivers an opportunity; I benefitted by their success along with I’m sure British drivers are still benefitting at This particular point.”
The Deeside Service Park along with Rally Village will be free to enter along with will be open Thursday (09:00 – 22:00), Friday (06:00 – 22:00), Saturday (05:00 – midnight) along with Sunday (07:00 – 17:00). however lease be aware there will be strictly no parking on-site or on any of the roads surrounding the Service Park along that has a complimentary park-along with-ride scheme will operate throughout the event. Visitors should leave the A494 joining the A548 towards Deeside Industrial Park along with follow yellow WRGB directional signage. Visitors are advised to tune into the event’s dedicated Wales Rally FM radio station on 87.7FM for the latest information.
With two British drivers to the fore, huge numbers are expected inside the legendary Welsh forests next week. Tickets sales are ahead of last year, with many taking advantage of the advance ticket prices.
The four-day World Rally Pass will be the all-inclusive ticket for fans. This particular provides access to all the individual Special Stages as well as Thursday’s pre-event Shakedown. This particular will be priced at £99 for adults (or just £1 for accompanied children aged 9-15) along with comes that has a desirable hard card along with lanyard plus an event programme valued at £9.
Forest Passes offer a similar level of flexibility as the earth Rally Pass however just for an individual day of the event. Again they include an official programme along with can be purchased in advance for just £25 – a considerable saving on Single Stage tickets which will cost £30 on the day. Tickets for the family friendly RallyFest at Chirk Castle are available at This particular point for £25 with an even greater discount being offered to families. Full ticket information can be found on the WalesRallyGB.com website.
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Meanwhile, why not enjoy in which special year again… (er, in French! however, parle Francais ou non, the footage will be fab!)?