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1,300 Subarus for McRae event

A record-breaking, almost 20 mile long, convoy of Subarus will gather next weekend to celebrate the life of 1995 world rally champion Colin McRae.

The event will start in the McRae family's hometown of Lanark, Scotland on Saturday 30 August, where a convoy of Subarus will line up behind one of Colin McRae's original cars driven by his father Jimmy and then travel south towards the Subaru World Rally Team headquarters near Banbury. More cars will join along the way, making a 700-strong convoy that will stretch for almost 10 miles.

Then on Sunday nearly 1,300 Subarus gather at the Subaru World Rally Team's base and then parade to Prodrive's Warwickshire test track behind McRae's 1996 WRC car.

Having reached the test venue, the cars will form the name 'Colin McRae', in a display measuring nearly half a mile that will be visible from planes landing at Birmingham Airport.

Grant Hendry, one of the organisers of the event, said they had been thrilled by the response to the McRae Gathering - and although all the entries had now been filled, he hoped that fans would support the convoy along the route.

"When the idea of the convoy to commemorate the life of Colin was born, we never dreamt 1,300 Subarus would be taking part," Hendry said.

"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 Gathering has already raised more than 25,000 for charities chosen by the McRae family.

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