View Full Version : Colin McRae dies with son in helicopter crash

Sep 15th, 2007, 10:51 PM

One of the greatest drivers ever. RIP :sad:

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Sep 15th, 2007, 11:17 PM
Poor guy :sad: :sad: :sad: :bigcry: :( I liked him :(

Sep 16th, 2007, 12:13 AM
his son was only 5 :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing:

Sep 16th, 2007, 12:13 AM
So sad :sad:

Farina Elia Fan
Sep 16th, 2007, 12:15 AM

Sep 16th, 2007, 12:22 AM
I can't believe it :speakles: :speakles: :speakles:

Sep 16th, 2007, 12:38 AM
:sad: :sad:
He was a mad as hell speed freak all his career, now he's gone :sad:
and the others... his son.


Sep 16th, 2007, 12:40 AM
:speakles: RIP.. Scary to think that I just saw him on TV a few weeks ago and now he's gone..

Sep 16th, 2007, 12:41 AM
Shocking news.
R.I.P to one of the greatest drivers ever.

My heart goes out to the rest of the McRea family.

Sep 16th, 2007, 12:48 AM
This is just an extract of something i posted elsewhere... Some here may know, most will not, but if there is one thing i love more than tennis, its motor racing and rallying

speachless. first burns and now Mcrae, forget the rally games, forget the mccrash tag, he was the man who really added the spark to what was possibly the greatest era in the world rally championship, especially those early days, for me 94-5. My memories of him winning the championship and following the rac all over the country to watch him and richard will always be very special.

that 95 champioship showdown was an epic, he took the win in catalonia but was forced to take a time penalty by the team to allow carlos to win, therefore needing to win the final round, britains RAC rally. It didnt look too good after the first few days but he took the rac by the scruff of the neck on the final 2 days, he was supreme. I think he swung the event by 2 minutes in one day, that sort of stuff just doesnt happen anymore, it wasn't that regular then but if one man could do it, it was Mcrae. Its those days i will remember, the original impreza days, rather than the WRC days, the days where britain had several young up and coming wrc contenders, and sadly the 2 brightest lights are no longer with us

Then of course were the days where we would go into the rac or "rally gb" whatever you want to call it, and no one else had a chance, it was burns and mcrae, and only burns and mcrae, i think, in the period 94-00 only 1 man won the rac other than burns and mcrae, that was armin schwartz, in the year neither entered... (1996) They were very special days for a british rally fan, not only in the rac but in the whole wrc too, and its hard to beleive that of all things that can happen one has been taken by cancer and one has been taken in a helicopter crash.

I know some people here may remember his spectacular performance in the radicals at the LMS donington round last year, without having driven the cars he was fighting for the win, then there was le mans in the prodrive 550, and btcc guest outings amoung other things, an all round great driver, one of the very very best and one man, who, with a bit of luck could have the record of a Makinen or a kankkunen

Sep 16th, 2007, 05:02 AM
My son was so busted up he e-mailed and called me about it.

Very sad news.

Sep 16th, 2007, 07:31 AM
McRae dies :eek: :sad:

Sep 16th, 2007, 07:32 AM
OMG :eek: :sad:

Sep 16th, 2007, 08:53 AM

Sep 16th, 2007, 08:59 AM
One of my favourite drivers :sad:


Sep 16th, 2007, 08:59 AM

Sep 16th, 2007, 09:21 AM
So sad :sad:

Sep 16th, 2007, 09:42 AM

Sep 16th, 2007, 01:22 PM
Colin :sad: RIP
one of the other persons on board was his 5 yr old :(
two children in all :sad:

Two children on McRae helicopter

Rally champion Colin McRae, his five-year-old son, a six-year-old boy and a family friend were killed in a helicopter crash, police believe.

Strathclyde Police released the names of the four people they thought were on board the crashed aircraft on Saturday.
Mr McRae, 39, his son Johnny, the youngster's friend Ben Porcelli and family friend Graeme Duncan, 37, were all thought to be on board.
Formal identification is expected in the next few days.
Air accident investigators have started searching the helicopter crash site near Mr McRae's home in Lanarkshire on Saturday.
About 40 firefighters attended the accident which happened in woods just north of Lanark at 1600 BST.
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/shared/img/o.gifhttp://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/img/v3/start_quote_rb.gif After it disappeared I saw smoke rising from the trees and phoned the emergency services http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/img/v3/end_quote_rb.gif

Eyewitness David Lowry

Users of the rally champion's official website www.colinmcrae.com were greeted by a black screen on Sunday with no information available.
Police have been at the scene throughout the night and a cordon has been thrown around the area, including a private road up to the McRae family home.
Mr McRae, 39, who is married with two young children, was Britain's first rally world champion in 1995 and is the son of five times British rallying champion Jimmy McRae.
Speaking in the Scotland on Sunday newspaper, David Lowry, 48, who owns New Steadings Farm, near Mr McRae's home, witnessed the crash. He said: "I was speaking to one of my friends on the farm. The helicopter came overhead and then dropped into the valley.

Sep 16th, 2007, 01:51 PM
:sad: RIP Colin

Sep 16th, 2007, 01:55 PM
:sad: :sad:


Sep 16th, 2007, 02:10 PM
what a tragedy...R.I.P

Sep 16th, 2007, 03:00 PM
This is really a very sad day for the world of motorsports.:sad: I'm expressing my deepest condolences to his whole family. Rest in peace Colin.

Sep 16th, 2007, 04:54 PM
Will always be a true Scottish legend :worship:

Sep 16th, 2007, 05:07 PM
Dang :sad:

Sep 16th, 2007, 05:13 PM

Sep 16th, 2007, 07:01 PM
This is such a terrible loss :sobbing:

Today, Dave Richards walked away from a helicopter crash (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/essex/6997784.stm):eek:

He was Colin McRae's team boss when he won the world rally title

Spooky :scared:

Avid Merrion
Sep 16th, 2007, 09:02 PM
:sad: it was such a shock to pick up the papers this morning and see that Colin had died.
RIP Colin, a true Scottish motor racing legend!

Sep 16th, 2007, 09:15 PM
he was still so young :sad:

Vlad Tepes
Sep 16th, 2007, 09:26 PM
:speakles: :sad:


Sep 16th, 2007, 09:39 PM
So tragic :sad:


Sep 16th, 2007, 10:35 PM
I saw a helicopter that looked like what I now know to be his heading east across Glasgow three days ago. I wonder if it was.

Sep 16th, 2007, 10:44 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:


RatedR Superstar
Sep 17th, 2007, 03:12 AM

r.i.p :sad:

Sep 17th, 2007, 07:39 AM