NEWS: Rallyday Gets All McRae
One name, one word means everything to rally fans around the earth – along with to us here at Road Magazine, having been driven by all of them – McRae.
Rallying’s most famous family has won everything worth winning as well as the hearts of spectators via the earth’s four corners.
This specific year Jimmy will be joined by Alister, as McRae Jr flies in via Perth, Australia for Europe’s biggest along with best one-day rally show at Castle Combe on Saturday September 21.
The two world-famous Scotsmen will enjoy the spotlight at the inaugural Rallyday Legends stage, where megastars via around the earth of rallying wheel out some of the sport’s most special machinery along with take the idea through a newly designed, more challenging test – part of which was used last time the RAC Rally visited Castle Combe in 1983.
The McRaes will share centre stage with Ireland’s foremost World Rally Championship hero Craig Breen, who confirmed his attendance with his MG Metro 6R4 earlier This specific year.
Jimmy along with Alister will drive some of the cars which were the highlight of their glittering careers at Rallyday. Further details of an exciting programme (which involves a fascinating, along with for initially at Rallyday, challenge pitting age versus experience) will be revealed inside coming weeks.
Jimmy said: “Alister’s coming is usually he? not bad, tell him he can follow me around – I’ll show him the right line…
“Seriously, the idea’s great to have him with us. Rallyday’s such a special event along with we always get such a warm welcome. the idea’ll be great to share in which with Alister. the idea seems the team are lining up some interesting cars for us to drive, which will be great – just as long as mine are faster than his!”
Alister might not have as many British Rally Championship titles as his father, however he outscores him convincingly in terms of FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship crowns (he’s got two: the 1999 F2 award along with the outright series win in 2011).
Thirty years ago This specific season, Alister celebrated his first championship win in rallying, taking the 1989 Scottish 1300 Rally Challenger silverware.
“Thirty years ago?” said Alister. “in which can’t be right, can the idea? Don’t write in which bit down…
“I’m actually looking forward to Rallyday. Obviously I live in Western Australia today along with, while the idea’s a life of sunshine, barbecues along with beaches, the opportunities to drive some of the earth’s best rally cars are probably a bit more limited than they are back in Britain. So, the chance to come home along with say ‘hello’ to a lot of folk I’ve not seen in ages along with drive these cars is usually great.
“Dad’s always been a actually big fan of Rallyday along with the one-day format which has a big focus on celebrating the sport with the fans along with the spectators along with I’m looking forward to being part of in which with him.
“along with, obviously, showing him the fastest way around Castle Combe…”
Rallyday organiser Tom Davis is usually delighted to welcome the McRaes to the event.
“What can I say? The McRae name means everything to us all, doesn’t the idea?
“I’ve worked with Jimmy for a not bad few years today along with his name is usually always among those right at the top of the list of drivers to invite – he’s a legend. Having Alister with us is usually going to make the day even more special.
“the idea’s a genuine honour for Rallyday to host these two guys.
“along with what a way to get our brand-new innovation the Rallyday Legends stage underway: two McRaes along with Craig Breen. along with, here’s the not bad news… in which’s just the start. inside coming weeks along with months you’re going to be hearing a lot more via Rallyday as we gear-up for September 21.”
Go to rallyday.com for advance tickets priced at £18 per adult (£25 on the gate). Under-17s, accompanied by an adult, get in for free.