David M Taylor - Colin Mcrae Ford Focus
In addition, I have since done a Ford Transit Rally Van identical to the car, I have also done a Rally Trailer to match the car and van
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Colin Mcrae full rally set up in his memory From a Dream into Realit
David M Taylor
My love of cars started when I was very young watching the Lombard RAC rally of Great Britain with family members on stages like Greystoke, Killer Kielder, Caic and many more growing up around cars and helping my dad fix many old bangers back in the day started my love of cars.
After seeing the Rally cars on the stages really got me hooked, after many years watching Jimmy McRae and loads of others there was this young lad called Colin Mcrae driving flat out in a little Nova then onto the likes of the Sunbeam and his dad's 5-time winning Sierra through the forests sideways really captured me, for many years I watched the rallying from the Lombard, Network Q, then Wales Rally GB always watching for Colin.
To cut a long story short myself and foster brother lee was sitting in Sweet Lamb on Wales Rally GB in 2017 and it was then the decision to replicate Colin's Last year at M Sport of his and our favourite, his 2002 martini livery M sport Ford Focus. I have always wanted to do a tribute car in Collins Memory since he passed away in 2007 and I'm honoured and privileged to be in a position to have done the tribute to this amazing rallying hero not just to me but to millions of others too.
So when we got home that Sunday the mission was to find a 3 door 2002 focus omg was that a hard thing to find that wasn't rotten or had a million miles on it, we found the car that we have now for £200.00 and started the work to make it into a road-legal rally car a near-perfect replica, the car was done in stages through the build,
The car was sanded down and prepped ready to be painted in white, blue and orange (a lot of ppl think it is wrapped but it's all painted) once this was done I hit the livery, made and installed as you see it in pictures, ordered the OMP roll cage and went to London to pick it up, I came back and stripped the car inside, I installed it and bolted it into position.
I Got the bucket seats made, the runners and mounting brackets for them to fit the Focus, by this time the harnesses had arrived so welded and fitted the eyelets and fitted the harnesses, fitted a helmet net in the back also some intercom with headphones (dummy set) as seen in pictures, a friend give me a K & N air filter system from an st170 fitted that and another friend played around tuning it, not much gain for a 1.6 Zetec s but it goes well enough for me, changed the wheels to 17 inches put bigger brakes on it, st170 clocks and I do have a flocked dash that's to go in but will have to take the roll cage out to do it, and that's a project in itself
I suppose like all projects they develop over time, always improving and it is now 2 years later we've nearly got it to what we want it.
In addition, I have since done a Ford Transit Rally Van identical to the car, I have also done a Rally Trailer to match the car and van so I have now got a full Rally set up in Colin's memory which has colins dad Jimmy McRae, Colin's brother Alister McRae, Allister's son Max McRae, Collins Co-Driver Nicky Grist, Elvyn Evans and lots more signatures on them both and is very popular and known by so many in and around the car scene and clubs around the UK. I love having it and going to enjoy it for as long as I can.
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