MORE than 120 rally drivers paid tribute to Scottish racing driver Colin McRae yesterday by taking part in a contest named after the rally star.
Organisers initially said they were going to cancel the Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally in Perthshire after McRae's death in a helicopter crash earlier this month. But his family asked them to continue with the race, which is the last round of the Scottish Rally Championship.
As part of the tribute, the rally went ahead without cars numbered 01 or 1, numbers McRae normally carried when he took part in the contest.
McRae's own Mark II Ford Escort rally car was in Perth city centre for the rally start where fans were invited to sign a book of condolences.
The event, usually held in a party atmosphere to mark the end of a gruelling rally season, was a quiet affair as all the drivers and crews, and the assembled thousands of spectators, remembered McRae in silence before and after the race.