Ken Block remembers Colin McRae

Ken Block remembers Colin McRae


In the latest series of we took a look back at WRC legend Colin McRae and his journey to becoming the World Rally Champion. If you haven’t seen the film yet, go and check it out on iPlayer: And here’s some bonus footage of Ken Block reminiscing about Colin, including his first memories of Colin’s driving in the WRC, and a ludicrous roll McRae recovered from at the X Games. Series 28: The Online Geneva Motor Show: First Look: Want to watch a bit of on the internet? Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here. Image Attribution: “Travis Pastrana, Colin McRae, Ken Block – X Games 13” by Carolyn Williams. No changes made. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic: Original photograph:

yeah well i mean the thing about colin was like he was such a big influence on me ever becoming a rally driver uh you know i i loved rally as a kid it didn’t have much coverage in the states but from what i could see of it it was the motorsport that like spoke to me and then colin was the driver that really made it step up a whole nother level because the way that he drove the way that he embodied the sport the way he had fun with the car that just spoke to me in such a different way than any other driver that i saw in the wrc that’s one of the things back in that time like the wrc wasn’t on tv for us and i think for me that that you know finding those like vhs tapes and being able to experience those events and the story of winning that that championship that year i think those are the things that really made collins legend to me bigger than life at the top moment my career was actually racing against him uh the second year that we raced x games and you know we were doing the sort of head-to-head super special thing and uh i i forced him into rolling his car and for me it was like man just racing head to head against you know one of my heroes and actually he admitted to me that i had gotten ahead of him in the first part of the super special and so we came back together and he saw that he was behind me so he was pushing too hard and ended up rolling and it was just mind-blowing to me that i actually somehow pressured him into rolling his car in the first year he was actually trying to come up short on the landing of the jump so he could get off and because there was kind of a right turn afterwards so he landed sideways and he should have just slid down and gone but it caught and he rolled but he still landed on the wheels in the right direction to go so he just i think he downshifted midair sorry mid-roll he downshifted mid-roll to first and then just took off he took it all with a stride that he loved the sport he loved coming over and competing in this fun x games event and uh but he he he let us experience and be able to be uh with him and you know learn from him as much as we could so it was very cool for us so when colin passed away um i was devastated i i was actually down in new zealand uh filming a project for dc shoes we were actually with my rally car with a bunch of snowboarders on a ski resort and i had just been texting with him and maybe a call and i told him like you’re really gonna like what i’m doing like because we had this shared passion about having fun with rally cars and i think i was still there when he passed away and i got the news you know and so i was just devastated i had you know here was one of my heroes in the sport that i loved that i’ve been become friends with had competed against a couple times and uh and you know for me it was a great experience and such a big learning experience too to be around him and then all of a sudden to have him be gone it was mind-blowing really for me i couldn’t believe it in the beginning you know especially since i’d you know met his family and and gone and visited at his home in scotland and and so everything was very personal for me uh so to hear you know about all the events that happened uh was really yeah devastating is a very good word for that i think you know the biggest inspiration that colin had on me was really just the flat out driving style of the 90s when i got into racing rally cars you had to drive them fairly neat the more sideways you got kind of the slower it was but i wanted to drive really sideways so for me going out and doing the gymkhana videos was sort of that expression of what i loved of rally from the 80s and 90s but especially what i saw colin doing

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