1994: Fol­low­ing fam­ily

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“I didn’t start the rally this year, but I’d been do­ing it off and on for a few years – just when I could get a deal. The em­pha­sis had shifted onto the boys. Colin was out in the Subaru and Alis­ter was there in the fac­tory Nis­san Sunny F2 car. In those days, F2 was so com­pet­i­tive and Alis­ter had come to the RAC after win­ning the class in San­remo, so we were re­ally look­ing for a re­sult. It didn’t hap­pen though, he re­tired with an elec­tri­cal prob­lem in Kielder.

“By then, Colin was lead­ing the rally. He’d led for the three years be­fore that, so we were all hold­ing our breath and hold­ing out for the fin­ish. The only thing which could have stopped him from win­ning was if he had to slow down and let Car­los [Sainz, team-mate] take the vic­tory to help him beat Di­dier Au­riol in the cham­pi­onship. But then on the fi­nal morn­ing, Car­los went off the road in Pant­perthog. Colin was go­ing to win! And he did.”

Stately homes have long played a part in Bri­tain’s round of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship. To a gen­er­a­tion of rally fans, Mickey Mouse had ev­ery­thing to do with Chatsworth House and Sut­ton Park and noth­ing what­so­ever to do with Walt Dis­ney.

Get­ting a car slowed down on muddy, greasy as­phalt cov­ered by fallen au­tumn leaves be­fore thread­ing it through a thou­sand-year-old arch

Colin’s GB vic­tory was a mile­stone

Su­per­moto ma­chines will run

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