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RIP Colin McCrae

 
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Sep 15, 2007 16:16 |  #1

A friend just sent me this, so I don't know many details.

What a shocker....

http://www.timesonline​.co.uk …_sport/article2​461339.ece (external link)

BBC are remaining circumspect for now, but the helicopter crash happened at 1610 this afternoon.

http://news.bbc.co.uk …sgow_and_west/6​996860.stm (external link)


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Sep 15, 2007 16:20 |  #2

Terrible news. :(


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Sep 15, 2007 16:26 |  #3

Very sad :(, he was a true legend of the sport and my favorite Rally driver of all time, i don't like waking up to this in the morning :(


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Sep 15, 2007 16:38 |  #4

Omg! Nooo




  
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Sep 15, 2007 16:43 |  #5

Horrible. :(




  
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Sep 15, 2007 16:50 |  #6

Damn :( RIP


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Sep 15, 2007 17:10 |  #7

R.I.P Colin

You brought so many smiles to so many faces:D


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Sep 15, 2007 17:17 |  #8

amen, Some of the Subaru greats!
Colin, Richard Burns and Possum Bourne, I so enjoyed watching those guys drive:(


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Sep 15, 2007 17:20 as a reply to  @ Big Ant's post |  #9

So sad...:(


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Sep 15, 2007 17:55 |  #10

Police saying 4 were onboard, identity of the other two are not known though his brother Alister was not one of them.


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Sep 15, 2007 17:57 |  #11

that's so sad


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Sep 15, 2007 18:11 |  #12

very sad it would appear that his 5 year old son was with him..

"THE former rally driving champion Colin McRae was killed and his five year-old son feared dead in a helicopter crash yesterday afternoon. The aircraft came down in Jerviswood, Lanarkshire, half a mile from the family's home and burst into flames just after 4pm.

Jean-Eric Freudiger, McRae's agent, said the 39-year-old driver had been piloting the helicopter himself. Also on board were believed to be his son Johnny, another adult and another child. Police said there were no survivors.

McRae's wife Alison and their daughter Hollie, 9, were not on board, friends said.

McRae became Britain's first World Rally champion in 1995. He was one of the country's most successful sportsmen, achieving 25 wins in World Rally events and 42 podium places. He was a flamboyant driver, inspiring one the world's best-selling computer rally games.

The helicopter came down within half a mile of McRae's home, Jervis House, a 16th-century tower house, which has an adjacent helipad. The weather had been overcast, with a light breeze, but visibility was good.

Strathclyde police said the extent of the fire damage was making identification a problem.

McRae's wife, a childhood sweetheart and his former co-driver, was taken back to the house under police escort shortly after 6pm. She looked calm, but neighbours gathering outside the house looked shaken with grief.

McRae's friend the rally journalist Jeremy Hart who flew with the champion several times described him as a "very good, very measured pilot whose natural ability with machinery was second to none". "Colin regularly flew all over the UK and into Europe," said Hart. "He knew the terrain and conditions at Jerviswood very well. It was the place he flew into most regularly.

"As a driver Colin was misunderstood slightly as being reckless but everything you saw with him came from pure raw talent as opposed to being learnt. He was the Michael Schumacher of rally driving.

"It's so ironic that he should die in a helicopter crash when he had competed and had brushed with death so many times as a rally driver."
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Sep 15, 2007 18:12 |  #13

The Times online confirmed Colin was on board (through his agent) and there were no survivors. Tragically, the early reports seem to be true.

So sad to lose Colin. A real hero of mine, always pushed the limits. Rest in Peace.


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Sep 15, 2007 19:03 as a reply to  @ Owain Shaw's post |  #14

Totally numb and devistated if it does turn out to be Colin in the helicopter............:cry::cry:

My favourite rally driver of all time with Tony Pond coming in a very close second............


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Sep 15, 2007 19:57 |  #15

Very sad news. One of the most spectacular drivers to grace the WRC in the last decade. People here in Australia still talk about his jump over the Sotico jumps when he was driving for Subaru.


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