New Bicester event to honour McRae, 25 years after his WRC title win – Historics

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A new classic event based at the Bicester Heritage site will honour the memory of Colin McRae, 25 years after he clinched the World Rally Championship title.

The Classic Car Drive-In Weekend (18-20 September) will feature period rally cars in action on the former airfield, topped by the Subaru Impreza WRC in which the much-missed Scot won the Network Q RAC Rally for a third time in 1997.

Meanwhile, a replica of his 1991 British Championship-winning Rothmans-liveried Subaru Legacy will also be on hand.

The new three-day COVID-compliant outdoor festival is being staged at Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire and the venue’s figure-of-eight test track will be in use throughout the three days.

As well as the two McRae tribute Subarus, the Slowly Sideways organisation will provide a number of classic rally cars including Ford Escort RS1800s, Porsche 911s and Renault Alpines as well as cars from the Group B era of the early 1980s. Also in action on the track will be some classic race cars.

It is 25 years since the hard-charging Scot won the 1995 Network Q RAC Rally GB (below) to become Britain’s first World Rally champion.

Tragically, he lost his life in a helicopter accident in 2007.

“Colin McRae will forever be a true hero and we are honoured to be celebrating his greatest success,” said show director Bas Bungish.

“Colin’s spectacular and totally committed driving style won the hearts of millions of fans all over the world and I’m sure the distinctive sights and sounds of these legendary Subarus on the track at Bicester will bring back lots of wonderful memories.”

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