McRae Snr for London-Sydney Marathon in a Toyota
London, June 24 -- Some people know Jimmy McRae as the man who was five times British Rally Champion in the '80s. Others know him as World Rally Champion Colin McRae's dad.
For the past few years, Jimmy (59) has been steering the careers of his two world title contending sons, Colin and Alistair, looking after their business affairs and being there as mentor and coach at events around the world.
In June next year, he will make a spectacular return to rallying to take part in the famous London-Sydney Marathon at the wheel of a Toyota RunX RSi. The FIA-sanctioned event runs 30 days over 15,000 kms through seven countries. There will be over 60 special stages timed to the second - some over 60 kms long.
"I've always wanted to do a marathon, but in all my years in the sport I just couldn't fit one into my schedule. So this is me coming out of retirement to make a come-back to do one of the great classic events," said an enthusiastic Jimmy.
The Toyota RunX RSi is being prepared with assistance from Toyota South Africa's Motorsport Department workshops, who successfully compete with a similar car in the national championship. It is a project headed by Zimbabwe-based New Zealander Graham Lorimer, who will drive an identical car to make a two-car team with Jimmy.
The Corolla RunX RSi is built in South Africa and is the top model in the RunX range, producing 210 bhp. It is the hatchback version of the world's top-selling car, the Toyota Corolla.
In 2002, Lorimer finished third driving an earlier model Corolla Rsi in the 10,000 km Midnight Sun to Red Sea 20-day marathon.
Event Director Nick Brittan said: "Having Jimmy in the event is a real plus. He'll set the standard by which all other competitors will measure themselves."