The late Colin McRae's legacy as a rally icon endures even today. Although McRae had his closest ties and largest successes with Subaru, he also had a strong connection with Ford. One of the most competitive Ford rally cars ever built was the Eddie Stobart-liveried 1977 Ford Escort MK2 RS1800 Gp4, which McRae tested at one point during his career. Other members of the McRae family drove the car to multiple victories in recent years, first at the 2006 Roger Albert Clark Rally by McRae's father, Jimmy, and again in 2008 at the Colin McRae memorial rally by Colin's brother, Alister. It goes without saying that this particular Ford holds a special place in the McRae family, and the car is now headed for auction.
Built by Prepfab Motorsport Engineering and signed by Jimmy McRae, the car went through a complete rebuild in 2010 and has since competed in the 2010 and 2011 Rally Clásico Isla Mallorca. Estimated to bring in somewhere between $105,000 and $138,000, the 1977 Escort will be auctioned through sale at Race Retro on February 22, 2014.
In the meantime, you can enjoy the video below, which is the Colin McRae episode of the BBC's Racing Legends series. The episode features another famous Scot, Sir Chris Hoy.