In fact, that type contrasted in nearly each manner with that of Colin McRae. The World Rally Championship within the late Nineties and early 2000s was a improbable interval for the Brits. Trying via my digital camera lens, Colin was all the time Mr Flamboyant and Richard simply wasn’t: he had his personal manner of going quick, simply as efficient however not all the time as spectacular.
That head-to-head prolonged into the media, too, exacerbated as a result of, when out of the automotive, Colin was spontaneous and spoke his thoughts. He additionally used the media fairly successfully to wind up Richard. Deep down, I all the time felt they have been each essentially shy people and, after just a few years of each of them being on the high of their recreation, truly fairly good pals. Any niggle actually stemmed from the early years, when Richard’s tempo made life harder for Colin’s brother, Alister, who was additionally arising via the ranks. The difficulty was that Colin couldn’t assist himself, winding up the media for the sake of a great story and winding up Richard within the course of. Even I’ve to confess that Colin had Richard overwhelmed within the media – however on the phases, it was a unique story.
Simply how effectively Colin and Richard actually bought on I noticed for myself many occasions. They’d usually spend time collectively away from the game, and my reminiscences of them at Scottish rally driver Robbie Head’s wedding ceremony in South Africa in 2002 are a number of the happiest I’ve. They shared an enormous rental home in Cape City, which grew to become celebration headquarters for per week earlier than the massive day. I might say the McRae brothers partied tougher than Richard and his then new love Zoe, however the mutual respect and friendship was clear for all to see.