Jimmy to run Vaux­hall Mag­num 40 years af­ter first RAC in same car

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

Jimmy Mcrae will cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of his first at­tempt at the Lom­bard RAC Rally by con­test­ing the na­tional sec­tion of this year’s Wales Rally GB.

In Novem­ber 1976, Mcrae fin­ished 12th in Bri­tain’s round of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship in a Vaux­hall Mag­num and will drive the same model of car at the end of Oc­to­ber.

Five-time Bri­tish Rally cham­pion Mcrae will cel­e­brate his 73rd birth­day on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 28, the first full day of the rally, in the car from Mix Mo­tor­sport. The 1976 Lom­bard RAC Rally was Mcrae’s first en­try on a World Rally Cham­pi­onship round. He started as car 42 and fin­ished 12th, co-driven by Ian Muir.

“It’s great to be get­ting back out there again, es­pe­cially with it be­ing the an­niver­sary of the first time I did the RAC. Things have changed a wee bit since 1976, back then I think we drove through two nights with­out stop­ping. I don’t think we’ll be do­ing that this time,” said Mcrae.

“I’ve had some great mem­o­ries of both the RAC and driv­ing a Mag­num. I re­mem­ber fin­ish­ing 12th, which I was pretty chuffed with for my first at­tempt. We had a great bat­tle with Bror Daniels­son and even­tu­ally fin­ished sec­ond to him in Group 1. It’s great to have the chance to be back out there do­ing it again and I’m very grate­ful to ev­ery­body who has helped put this deal to­gether.”

Mcrae will be guest ed­i­tor of MN’S Dayin­sure Wales Rally GB pre­view on Oc­to­ber 26.

They moved to his­torics Mcrae will han­dle the Vaux­hall Mag­num

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