Watching a Colin McRae pedal cam is mesmerising
Waking up on a weekend morning in the '90s was utter bliss. Rushing downstairs just in time to catch the Trans World Sport theme finishing and settling in for a few hours of sporting goodness. Once you'd managed to get through the sailing and strongest man sections, if you were lucky, you'd be treated to a full rally report.
Hearing that first Impreza bouncing off the limiter filled me with me Christmas morning glee. It was the pinnacle of WRC rivalries as Tommi Mäkinen and Colin McRae went head to head, stealing points from each other from Corsica to North Wales. The cars were in the period where a good old Scandi-flick was the primary technique for attacking corners at speed, so the action had that perfect blend of dangerous speed and dramatic flair.
A factor that I never really thought about was the speed at which the rally driver's feet would have to move at. In my mind, the majority of the work is being done with the upper body shifting the car's weight around, but the footwork of the '90s rally driver is unfathomable. The '90s rallying king, Colin McRae, could have easily challenged Michael Flatley as the Lord of the Dance with his twinkle toes.
In the brilliant footage below, he calmly talks us through the techniques involved with Scandi-flicking and handbrake turning as if he is playing his computer game. As calm as you like.
The most fascinating part is the pedal cam as you can see just how much work rally drivers have to do. If there was any argument on why rally drivers are the most talented racers in the world, it would be this: