Following in the footsteps of his father, the five-time British Rally Champion Jimmy McRae, Colin began his competitive career in motorsport at an early age when he started riding schoolboy motorcross and trial bikes. At the age of 16, he traded in his bike for a Mini Cooper and started competing in Autotests. The following year, he entered his first rally, finishing first in his class and 14th overall in a Hillman Avenger. In 1988, he won the Scottish Rally Championship, following it up with the 1991 and 1992 British Rally titles. In 1995, McRae reached the top of his sport, when he became the first Briton to win the World Rally Drivers’ title. He played a crucial role in helping Subaru win the World Rally Championship Constructors’ title in 1995, 1996 and 1997, then moved to the Ford World Rally Sport team. Their four-year partnership yielded nine event wins. In 2003, McRae moved to the Citroen World Rally Team and helped them to win the first of three consecutive manufacturers’ titles. Colin was awarded an MBE in 1996, recognition of a career which yielded 25 World Rally Championship wins.