Monday, 25 September 2017

McKay, McShane, and McRae

You probably all know that we're massive rally fans at Veloce Publishing, and with our recent release of Ford Focus WRC, this story from the official WRC website was particularly noticeable …

Rally fan Mark McKay has just raised almost £1000 for charity, after completing a marathon 24-hour charity drive around Scotland's senior football clubs, in memory of the legend of WRC, Colin McRae.

Mark, a bus-driver, covered almost 1400km, with his co-driver Lisa McShane, and they did it all in a £200 Ford Focus, converted into a replica of the iconic Martini-liveried Focus of the WRC car that McRae campaigned.

The drive was in aid of the charity Who Dares Cares, founded by two former soldiers to help those affected by PTSD, and started from Ross County FC, Dingwall, at 16.15 hrs, 15th September – 10 years to the minute after Colin McRae tragically died in a helicopter accident, along with his son Johnny, and two of his friends.

Meet Colin, the McRae Ford Focus WRC replica.
In typical rally fashion, it wasn't all smooth running, with gales, torrential rain, and rear light failures in 'Colin,' the name affectionately given to the replica Focus, that saw an hour's worth of frantic scrabbling with wiring, in darkness and pouring rain.

A year of planning isn't something to be dismissed lightly, so Mark came up with a cunning plan …

"I wired up the offside tail-light to the interior boot light, and screwed a camping head torch into the rear Ford badge on the tailgate and aimed it down onto the registration plate.”

Even though they slipped behind schedule by 95 minutes, they made-up time overnight, and made it through to an understandably emotional end at Paisley, welcomed by family and friends.

Mark is already planning an even more ambitious challenge … possibly a European stadia challenge, taking in clubs across Spain, France, Italy, England and Scotland. We can't wait!

You can find out more about Mark's inspiring efforts, over on the official WRC website: http://www.wrc.com/en/wrc/news/september-2017/mcrae-charity/page/4869--12-12-.html

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