Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Horrific Accident in Toronto & 1000 Imprezas

A horrific road-rage accident this morning in Toronto. A 55-year old man in a SUV and a 39-year old man (Wayne Winsor) was charged today for the death of the 55-year old man. The 39-year old man (Wayne) was racing with the 55-year old man in the SUV and they both were passing each other. Wayne Winsor in the grand am slammed on the brakes and caused the truck behind him to lock up, go out of control and hit a concrete median. The truck flipped and the driver was ejected and died.

CTV reports:

"A 39-year-old man has been charged in a fatal crash that the Ontario Provincial Police said was likely caused by road rage.

The accident, which caused a severe backlog of traffic on Highway 401 in Milton, happened at about 5:15 a.m.

Police say an SUV and a car were seen driving at high speeds, trying to pass each other on James Snow Parkway towards Highway 401.

Both vehicles entered the highway at a high rate of speed but then the driver of the car hit the brakes, sending the SUV careening out of control.

The SUV slammed into a concrete barrier and rolled over several times. The 55-year-old driver was ejected from the vehicle and died instantly.

"This is a family member, someone who was contributing to society, and they've lost their life this morning," said OPP Staff Sgt. Scott Lawson. "It's devastating."

The driver of the car did not stop and continued on its way. Police were looking for a Pontiac Grand Am or a Grand Prix, possibly red or maroon in colour. The car was not hit by the SUV and therefore is not damaged.

"We clearly feel at this point of the investigation that that driver of the car knew what took place here," Lawson said. "We're urging that driver to come forward and turn him or herself in."

Traffic heading to Toronto was diverted into Milton, causing significant gridlock in the area. The OPP asked motorists to avoid the area.

Late Tuesday, police announced they had charged Wayne Winsor with several offences, including dangerous driving causing death. He is to appear in court for a bail hearing on Wednesday morning."

And now for happy news:
McRae tribute to set new world record

A world record 1000 Imprezas are expected to descend on Prodrive, the home of the Subaru World Rally Team, on 31 August as the Subaru community gathers to pay a fitting tribute to the late Colin McRae MBE.

Led by McRae’s 1995 World Rally Championship-winning Impreza 555, a convoy of Subarus will leave Colin’s home town of Lanark at 1000hrs on Saturday 30 August. The initially small group of Subarus will head down the A74, M6, M42 and the M40 before arriving at Prodrive in Banbury later the same day.

On Sunday 31 August, organisers of the McRae Gathering expect more than 1000 Subarus from all over the UK to gather at Prodrive. The British motorsport company is the home of the Subaru World Rally Team, where Colin spent the most successful years of his rallying career; first winning the British Rally Championship in a Subaru Legacy in 1991 and 1992, before graduating to the works team Impreza and famously becoming Britain’s first World Rally Champion in 1995.

Colin also helped Subaru win the Manufacturers’ Championship in 1996 and 1997, and his 1996 Group A Impreza 555 will lead the convoy up the M40 for the final leg of its journey from Banbury to Prodrive’s proving ground in Warwickshire.

Having just set a world record for a gathering of Subarus, the aim is then to set a world record for a parade of Subarus, both verified by a member of Guinness World Records, as all the cars circulate around the two mile test track. As a final mark of respect, the Subarus will park up on the mile-long straight to spell out Colin McRae in letters more than 100 feet tall and visible to anyone flying into nearby Birmingham International airport.

Prodrive chairman, David Richards, was instrumental in putting the young Colin into a Subaru and nurturing his talent. He said: “Colin was not only an exceptional driver, but also a remarkable person and a great friend to everyone at Prodrive. Single-handedly he brought the sport of rallying into everyone’s living room, whether it was through his sideways exploits in the forest or through the many video games which bore his name. I can not think of a more fitting tribute to Colin than a gathering of so many Subarus, a car for which he did so much to make as popular as it is today.”

“It is indeed a fitting homage to the man who inspired millions, and did so much to boost the profile of rallying the world over” added Richard Taylor, Subaru World Rally Team managing director. “That so many are committed to turning out en masse in his memory is testament to the legacy and reputation of Subaru’s first World Champion that will continue to inspire his many fans across the globe.”

The McRae Gathering is only open to Subarus and to take part, all cars must bear the special ‘McRae Gathering’ plate. There is an entry charge of £10 for each car and all proceeds will go to the McRaes’ nominated charities. For more information and to join the convoy please visit www.mcrae-gathering.co.uk

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