Colin McRae, the 1995 World Rally Champion, was the most
spectacular rally driver. His natural speed and win-or-bust approach made him
the favourite of rally fans worldwide. The word McRae became superfluous in the
end, Colin was… just Colin. On rally stages, the words: "Colin's
coming…" meant one thing – the spectators looked longer, harder and took a
cautious step backwards, just in case. Colin drove for a variety of top teams including
Ford, Citroën, Ferrari, Nissan and Skoda. However this flying-Scotsman is best
remembered for his exploits in blue and yellow Subaru’s.
Away from driving, Colin brought rallying to a younger
generation as the figurehead of a successful computer game bearing his name.
Colin McRae had two well known sayings, one being:”If in doubt, flat out” and
the other: “We’re here for a good time, not a long time.” Sadly the latter
became all too true, when on September 15, 2007 the 39-year-old Scot was killed
instantly in a helicopter accident.
This book details the real Colin McRae, from his humble
beginnings to global fame through world championship success. It explains his natural
talent, flamboyant driving style and epic wins as well as his rivalries,
friendships and spectacular crashes. This book uncovers every aspect of Colin’s
character, with a collection of personal stories, told by family and friends
who knew him best. And there are the previously untold stories, like the time
Prince William asked to meet the Scot. Just Colin provides a rare insight into
McRae’s infectious personality.
McKlein Photography, and in particular another Colin
[McMaster], worked closely with McRae throughout his rally career. The best of
McKlein’s photo archive has been used to lavishly illustrate all these
fascinating stories. Much of the private and behind-the-scenes photography
shown in this book has never previously been published.