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McRae Rally Challenge

McRae Rally Challenge 2021


Sat 2 Oct

Gates open
First race

Sun 3 Oct

Gates open
First race

2021, the McRae Rally Challenge event promises to be one of the biggest events of the year at Knockhill. Rally action, exhibitions, fans’ forum and celebratory dinner all on one weekend.

Event Summary

At Knockhill, the weekend of 2nd and 3rd October 2021 will see Scottish and British rallying gear up for one of the biggest celebrations since Colin McRae became Britain’s first World Rally Champion in 1995. The event, will not only commemorate Colin becoming the youngest ever World Rally Champion but also recognise and celebrate the achievements of Jimmy McRae, Alister and 3rd generation rising star Max McRae. Taking centre stage over the weekend will be the second running of the invitational McRae Rally Challenge, last run at Knockhill in 2015.


The McRae Rally Challenge will incorporate a huge variety of rally attractions, combining static displays with dramatic on-stage rally action. The McRae Rally Challenge event is a special invitational for 50 leading national and international rally crews, which will feature two one-day single venue rallies, a power-stage finale on Sunday as well as a Junior rally event. An eagerly awaited feature will be the “Battle of the McRae’s” as three generations of the McRae family compete head to head to determine who is the fastest!

Event Info

In 2015 we assembled the largest ever collection of “Colin’s competition cars” ever seen in Scotland which have been driven by the 1995 World Champion during his meteoric career. From his first competition Mini, to the British Championship winning Sierra Cosworth, L555 BAT World Championship winning Subaru and Colin’s own pet project R4 rally car, the display was world class. For the 2021, interest is strong from owners of these historic cars and we are anticipating even more than at the first McRae Rally Challenge to be on display and paraded on track too.


Aside from the rally action itself, and subject to Covid-19 restrictions come October, fans can also attend a special “Night with the Stars” forum on the Friday evening before the event and join a host of stars to attend a “McRae Celebratory Dinner” on the Saturday evening at a nearby Hotel. Both evenings will celebrate the success of Colin, Alister (British & Asia Pacific Rally Champion) and Jimmy (5 time British Rally Champion, as well as the successes and achievements of those special guests in attendance (details of who’s attending the Forum and ticket sales will be announced from the Spring onwards).


Off track, Owners’ Clubs of the cars that Colin rallied, namely Ford and Subaru, will be massed in huge numbers addition to the colour and spectacle of this special event.


This event will also be backed by the Knockhill Covid Guarantee. If the event is postponed due to the ongoing pandemic, fans can rest assured that tickets will be transfered to a new date or refunded in full.


• Single venue rally action with three McRae generations set to compete head to head

• Two one-day inviational rallies with a fantastic line up of 50 rally crews

• A superb collection of McRae cars on site - the largest ever in Scotland

• A fans’ Rally Forum on Friday night with top guests (details to be announced)

• Celebratory dinner to be held on Saturday evening away from Knockhill (details to be announced)

McRae Rally Challenge

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Whats On

• An invitational 10 stage single venue rally for 50 crews


• Over 40 miles of competitve stage rallying


• Power-stage shoot out finale on Sunday


• Junior Rally Event – see rally stars of the future


• Stars from rallying past and present


Three generations of the McRae family set to compete head to head


• Special exhibits and parades


• A huge collection of Colin’s competition cars on display and paraded

Event Disclaimer

Please remember that Knockhill is an outdoor venue and you should dress appropriately for that. There can be changeable weather conditions therefore extra clothing and sensible footwear is advised, with trainer type shoes or walking boots preferred (no leather soles or high heels please).

Being on a hillside, the spectator bankings and some pathways are steep, so please take extra care when moving around the site. As we are a motorsport venue, no dogs are allowed on site apart from Guide Dogs. Additional clothing, hats, gloves and sun cream can be purchased from the Circuit Office should you require. We look forward to seeing you at Knockhill and very much hope you enjoy your visit.

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