Father and Son Week: A look back

Must read

Having spent the week running the rule over some of the strongest current family relationships in the World Rally Championship, we thought we’d take Saturday to look back on some of the best.

Where else can you start, other than Scotland? Lanark’s most famous family is the dynasty that just keeps giving to rallying. Jimmy McRae, the Godfather of the clan, was a five-time British Rally Champion and a man who appeared to be constantly knocking on the door of the world championship.

Unfortunately for McRae Snr., the full WRC effort never came. But it did for two of his and Margaret’s three sons. Colin, of course, didn’t just land the full WRC programme, he took over the world 25 years ago. Alister won the British title in the same 1995 season and was a factory driver in the world championship for Hyundai and Mitsubishi before a mountain bike injury curtailed his career.

Alister’s son Max (McRae Jnr. Jnr.) is enjoying his first season in rallying in Australia (where Alister lives), driving a Ford Fiesta ST with sufficient haste to be humbling far more experienced drivers in far more powerful cars. The future for this 16-year-old McRae looks bright.

Just south of the Scottish border sits Cumbria, home of the Wilsons. Matthew Wilson followed his father Malcolm into the world championship and finished seventh in the season-long standings for three years in succession. Wilson Jnr. bagged a brace of fourth places in the WRC, meaning it’s his father who holds the breakfast table bragging rights, having twice finished on the podium, bagging third places in New Zealand (1989) and on Wales Rally GB in 1993.

Sharing the M-Sport team for two years of Matthew’s career was Marcus Grönholm. The two-time world champion certainly finished the job his two-time Finnish champion father Ulf started before he was killed in a road accident in 1981.

Sharing the M-Sport team for two years of Matthew’s career was Marcus Grönholm. The two-time world champion certainly finished the job his two-time Finnish champion father Ulf started before he was killed in a road accident in 1981.

Talking of Finns, we’ve saved arguably the most famous family for last: the Toivonens. Father Pauli was a Monte Carlo Rally winner. A 1962 1,000 Lakes (Rally Finland) win and the 1968 European Rally Championship title were strong credentials for the father of Henri and Harri.

Henri was, of course, the man moving into pole position for the 1986 world title. He’d given Lancia’s Delta S4 a sensational debut on the 1985 RAC Rally, then won the Monte and was comfortably in control of the Tour de Corse when he inexplicably crashed off the road. He and co-driver Sergio Cresto died in the fire which engulfed the car.

Harri competed regularly in his own right, joining the Austin Rover team to drive on selected British and world rounds in 1986.

By: WRC

You may not copy, reproduce, republish, translate, download, post, broadcast or transmit any part of the Racing Life website in whole or in part, in any form or medium, except for your own personal, non-commercial use. Contacts

- Advertisement -

More articles

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
- Advertisement -

Latest article