In honour of the late Colin McRae, a convoy of an estimated 1100 Subaru cars stretching 30 miles drove in formation from McRae's home on Saturday August 30, 2008. Nine hours and 300 miles later, the convoy 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.”
On Sunday morning, the convoy re-convened at Prodrive’s headquarters 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 Subaru's spelled out COLIN MCRAE along with 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, previously held by the Mitsubishi Lancer Register, 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 for the McRae charities.