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Jimmy McRae and son Alister will both make an appearance at the UK's foremost rally show, Rallyday in September. It's also been confirmed that the team behind the acclaimed rally car building outfit, Prodrive, will also be making the pilgrimage – bringing with them one of Jimmy’s old competitive cars to pilot . The car in question is the revered Banbury-based company’s 1986 Metro 6R4 Group B icon: the very car Jimmy drove to victory at Irish rallies of the same year. Then the first McRae to work alongside Prodrive, it forged the incredibly well-documented bond between drivers from the family and the rallying firm that would continue for many successful years to follow. The Rothmans livery-adorned hyper-hatchback needs little introduction for any self-respecting rallying fan. While the 6R4 bore little resemblance to the front-wheel drive city car on which it was based, the name 6R4 is derived from its 6-cylinder, rear engine, 4-wheel-drive setup it boasts, that allowed it to reach 0-60mph in around three seconds, and onto 100mph in just eight. Complete with its wild aero-clad shell, it’s little surprise that the 6R4 captured the imaginations of ‘80s rallying fans in a way very few other cars could dream of during its short competitive lifespan. Jimmy McRae will be getting behind the wheel of the Metro once more at the Castle Combe Circuit event which this year introduces the ‘Rally Legends Stage’. Rallying megastars from around the world of rallying will wheel out some of the sport’s most special machinery and take it through a newly designed, more challenging test than before – part of which was used last time the RAC Rally visited Castle Combe in 1983. Rallyday will once again feature plenty of stars, cars and club cars from this particularly exciting corner of motorsport when it descends on Castle Combe Circuit on September 21.

Related Metro 6R4 news:

https://rallysportmag.com/feature-mg-metro-6r4-25-years-on/
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