Subaru convoy to honour Colin McRae

A 20-mile long convoy of 1,300 Subarus is to honour the life and memory of rally driver Colin McRae, who was killed in a helicopter crash last year.

On Sunday, August 31, the cars will gather at Prodrive in Banbury before being led up the M40 by McRae's 1996 Impreza 555 rally car.

On arrival at Prodrive's test track in Warwickshire the cars will spell out the driver's name in a tribute half a mile long and visible to passengers landing at Birmingham airport.

Organisers are hoping fans will show their support along the route. "It would be great to see people cheering us along," said spokesman Grant Hendry.

"When the idea of the convoy to commemorate the life of Colin was born, we never dreamt 1,300 Subarus would be taking part. We even have Subarus joining us from all over Europe, from Poland and the Ukraine to France and Spain, while some fans are flying in especially from Australia and Argentina to be part of this memorable occasion."

The McRae Gathering has already raised more than £25,000 for the McRae family's officially nominated charities and is hoping to raise more money along the route.

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