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Colin McRae’s Subaru Impreza

6th May, 2022 | Event News

Colin McRae’s iconic Subaru Impreza WRC 97 will be coming to Firle Beacon 2022. Find out more about this historic championship-winning rally car, and its driver at the event.

Firle Beacon

Martyn Spurrell

Colin McRae Subaru Impreza WRC 97

Car Information




lmpreza WRC 97





Engine Size




About the driver

What is the history of your car? How did you come to own it, or drive it this weekend?

Built by Prod rive as part of the Subaru World Rally Team, driven by Colin McRae to win Network Q RAC Rally GB 1997 and won the Manufacturers Championship for Subaru. I bought it in 2012 and fully restored it to exact specification as used by Colin. The car has featured at several notable events since including Goodwood Festival of Speed, Salon Privé and London Classic.

Any other cars in your collection?

Ex-Gabriel Konig Austin A40 race car. Ex-Colin McRae Subaru lmpreza GpA 1995.

Other ‘Bucket List’ activities?

I have completed five 24 hour races at the Nurburgring and 12 of the 4 hour and 6 hour races there – fantastic! Travelled the world with some great teams. Enjoy the rest of my life with my family.

Who will be with you? Friends, family, support crew?

Maybe my Wife and a good friend.

Motorsport heroes?

Colin McRae, Richard Burns.


Rallying, skiing, motorcycling, show jumping with my daughter.

Firle Beacon

Book tickets online

2022 tickets available now

30th & 31st July 2022

Rally Paddock

The largest of our three classes will celebrate 70 years of worldwide rally sport, including cars that have competed in such legendary events as Monte Carlo, East African Safari, Thousand Lakes and Britain’s own RAC Rally.

Under the patronage of Henry Gage, a committee of members of the International Rally Drivers Club will choose a selection of cars from modern-day World Rally Cars, through the omnipresent Subaru & Mitsubishi years, to the early days of the ‘Flying Finns’ in Mini Cooper, Saab and Escort - with particular attention on our two home-grown World Champions: Colin McRae and Richard Burns.

The Rally Paddock will invoke the sights and ambiance of a genuine ‘rally service area’. Meanwhile the over 2-mile rally stage demonstration course, starting at the main gates, will use estate roads then exit the park via through the village and along the chalk road before ending with a fantastic climb up to Firle Beacon. Truly a race to the Beacon!

Supercar Paddock

This paddock will be set against the sweeping vista that is Firle Estate, with the very best of modern supercars displayed, including alternative power models.

Not only will these vehicles be on display, but they will also be demonstrated over a standing quarter-mile sprint course, utilising the Estate's main driveway, four times a day, on both days.

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