The Subaru Impreza WRC97 driven by rally legend Colin McRae in preparation for the 1997 FIA World Rally Championship season went up for auction recently and, as expected, commanded a pretty legendary price.
As snow falls outside my window, now is a good time to remind you all that there is a right way to drive a Subaru: on the limit at all times, sideways.
Welcome to Rally Flashback, where we look at previous versions of the upcoming round of the World Rally Championship. Rally Sweden is one of the classic rounds of the WRC, and the only winter rally on this years calendar. This year the conditions will feature less snow and more ice/gravel, possibly similar to what we…
Since we’re on the subject of Colin McRae today, here’s a shot from the archives of the man doing what he did best.
Colin McRae will always be one of the greatest rally drivers of all time. Here he is comparing one of Prodrive’s most basic cars with one of their most complicated: a 911 to a WRC-spec Subaru WRX STI.
Colin McRae, the 555 Impreza, and one of the biggest jumps in WRC history. This is the one.
Colin McRae only won a single world rally championship, but he threw two others away by crashing the shit out of his cars. He remains rallying's most uh, enthusiastic champion. He passed away seven years ago today.
Now this is how you celebrate a win.
[Colin McRae takes what looks like a rather hard landing at Rally Argentina in his WRC Focus back in 2000. Photo via Getty]
Most of my “How To Drive Fast” column is, unsurprisingly, about how to drive fast. As well as posing techniques, some of my pieces offer a glimpse into the inner-workings of motorsport, while others are just plain ridiculous. Siphoning through the bunch, you’ll notice I haven’t much talked about safety. So let’s start…
Welcome to Sunday Matinee, where we highlight classic car reviews or other longer videos I find on YouTube. Kick back and enjoy this blast from the past.
Subaru's now famous Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is 40 years old. Contrary to what you might expect, the first couple of Subarus using it were not turbocharged racecars fighting against the mud and snow but rather affordable coupes and family cars in need of some extra grip. The Japanese company has been commited to…
Colin McRae was one of the greatest rally drivers to have ever lived. The Ford Escort Mk. II was one of the greatest rally cars to have ever raced. Put them together on the most famous stage in Ireland and you get nothing short of sheer brilliance.
Colin McRae will always be remembered as someone who could drive just about anything, faster than just about anyone. Here he properly stretches a Subaru Legacy RS around the bends.
Within 24 hours Travis Pastrana managed to crash his Toyota twice in his NASCAR debut in Phoenix. He then traveled to Missouri to wreck Colin McRae's X Games-winning Subaru in the 100 Acre Wood Rally by rolling it three times.
A helicopter registered to ex-rally driver Colin McRae went down in Scotland earlier today. No word on how many people were on board, but there were no survivors. Details as we know them. [UPDATE: The worst has been confirmed by the Times — McRae was killed in the crash. His five-year-old son was also on board, and is…
Here's an obviously old bit we'd never run across before — Clarkson arranges three Ford products on the starting line at Silverstone — a Cougar, Colin McRae's WRC Focus and Johnny Herbert's Stewart F1 machine — and gives himself a flying head start with Herbert leaving in the tail-end position. Watch and get stoked.