30-mile McRae convoy smashes world records

AutoTrader NZ
Published 3 September 2020

A convoy, which at its peak stretched 30 miles (approximately 48km) with an estimated 1100 Subaru cars, left Colin’s home town of Lanark, Scotland, on Saturday morning, led by his father Jimmy McRae. 

Nine hours and 300 miles later, it arrived at Prodrive’s headquarters in Banbury, having been cheered along the way by thousands of fans who stood on every available motorway bridge on route.

“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.”

The convoy re-gathered at Prodrive’s headquarters in Banbury on Sunday morning, before being led up the M40 by Colin McRae’s original 1996 Impreza rally car.  In a fitting finale to the event, a sign almost half a mile long and made up of 1086 Subarus spelt out ‘COLIN MCRAE’ and the Scottish Saltire in a new official Guinness World Record – smashing the previous record by more than 800 cars. The cars then broke a second Guinness World Record by creating the largest parade of cars as they left the Prodrive test track.

It is estimated that the event has raised nearly £40,000 (NZ$103,662) for the McRae charities.