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Former WRC Colin McRae Feared Dead In Heli Crash  
User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1635 posts, RR: 11
Posted (6 years 7 months 5 days ago) and read 7507 times:

Titles says it all unfortunately

http://news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1482732007

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6996860.stm


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User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3311 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7406 times:

This article states that Colin died and his son is feared dead  Sad Sad news. Probably one of the most famous rally driver's due to his rally games on computers.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/article2461339.ece



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User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7294 times:

Such a shame.

I'm assuming (and I hope I'm wrong) that because none of his family, or himself have come forward and said "I'm fine" that he was onboard

I'm a massive McRae fan  brokenheart 


User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7229 times:

Four feared dead, no names released by police, although McRae's agent apparently confirmed his death.

User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7186 times:

Heard about the crash on the 6pm news - apparently him and his 5 year old son were both killed.

RIP to all on board, a very tragic event.

He was a great driver who will be sorely missed by all in the rally industry.


User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2582 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7169 times:

Terrible news. I wonder if his immediate family were the other passengers.

I noticed that the photo of the helicopter in the thread starter was taken at MME. I used to live near there and regularly saw a rally-style Ford Focus with (Colin?) McRae titles in the back windows. Actually, maybe it was not Colin McRae - did he or maybe his brother/cousin have some association with the north-east of England too?


User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7146 times:

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 5):
I noticed that the photo of the helicopter in the thread starter was taken at MME. I used to live near there and regularly saw a rally-style Ford Focus with (Colin?) McRae titles in the back windows. Actually, maybe it was not Colin McRae - did he or maybe his brother/cousin have some association with the north-east of England too?

I'm sure ProDrive used to have a factory around that area, maybe somebody in the area could confirm this?


User currently offlineJamie757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7137 times:

My gosh! Shocking and sad news, if he is indeed dead.

 Sad

Rgds.


User currently offlineBTCCMan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7052 times:

The ProDrive facility is just of the M40 in the Midlands...

User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6999 times:

Wow...that's unreal. Richard Burns, now McRae.

Lost for words.


User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6943 times:

Quoting Jamie757 (Reply 7):
My gosh! Shocking and sad news, if he is indeed dead

Since the thread was posted the BBC article has been changed to say that he is feared dead, whereas they weren't so specific earlier. Coupled with the other link, I would be suprised if the news was wrong.

RIP Colin McCrash



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User currently offlineNational757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6877 times:

Quoting BristolFlyer (Reply 10):
Colin McCrash

That's a little disrespectful, don't ya think?

RIP Colin. Ironic how he could have been killed dozens of times in his line of work and he goes out taking a routine helicopter ride..very unfortunate.



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User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6854 times:

Quoting National757 (Reply 11):
That's a little disrespectful, don't ya think?

I understand that he thought of this as a jokey name and so I intended it to be in the same vein. It was a reference to his driving style - right on the limits, and often beyond. But I just realised that it could be seen as poor taste regarding his helicopter accident.



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User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6711 times:

Such a tragedy. My thoughts an prayers are with the McCrae family.  pray 


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User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4773 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6707 times:

Such a shame!  Sad One of the real "nice guys" of motorsport and in general. condolances to his family and friends at this time.


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User currently offlineEK20 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6624 times:

25 wins in his 30-year career and in 1995 he became the first British World Champion as well as the youngest.

RIP all those on board.


User currently offlineAp305 From India, joined Jan 2000, 507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6591 times:

RIP all on board. He was arguably the fastest rally driver of all time if not the most consistent.

[Edited 2007-09-16 08:47:37]

User currently offlineBAPILOT2B From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 927 posts, RR: 22
Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6400 times:

Very sad news indeed, as much as I dont want to think it is true I think this says it all....

Quoting Swiftski (Reply 2):
I'm assuming (and I hope I'm wrong) that because none of his family, or himself have come forward and said "I'm fine" that he was onboard



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User currently offlineBA787 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6389 times:

This is awful news, I greatly admired Colin McRae and had a lot of time for the guy.

When he was doing well in WRC I was at the age where I was becoming interested in things like that and for a long time he was my "hero". I had all of his rallying games and dreamt of being like him one day . He also started my long standing love affair with Subaru, he made me love the cars to the point of me annoying my Dad until he chose one. It's such a shame and my thoughts are with his family. If reports are true, it's even more tragic that his son was involved.

It's kinda the end of an era, British Rally drivers are few and far between and the two most prominent ones from my era were the late Richard Burns and Colin. Such a shame

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User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6296 times:

Such sad news, I was a massive fan of him when I was a kid, as it was when he won the championship. I was hoping that this would all turn out OK and that he wasn't onboard but from the sounds of it he was. My condolences to his family and friends, he'll be very greatly missed.

Quoting Ajd1992 (Reply 9):
Wow...that's unreal. Richard Burns, now McRae.

I know, especially as its just two years since Tony Park and Markko Martin were killed.


User currently offlineDhhornet From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 252 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6215 times:

Sad bad news. A great man of motorsport.

Quoting 1stfl94 (Reply 19):
I know, especially as its just two years since Tony Park and Markko Martin were killed

M Martin you should tell him he is dead!
He must be really shocked with his old teammate, co-driver, and friend Richard Burns all now gone.


User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6189 times:

www.colinmcrae.com is now blank.

User currently offlineMissedApproach From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 713 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6061 times:

Quoting Swiftski (Reply 21):
www.colinmcrae.com is now blank.

Looks like it is official now, the site has been updated with some details of the crash.

From the site:
Mr Colin McRae (39) of Jerviswood House and his son Johnny Gavin McRae, aged 5.

Ben Porcelli (6), of Cleghorn Road, Lanark, who had been over playing with Johnny, and family friend Graeme Duncan (37), of L’Ile Degaillot, Faycelles, France.

Chief Superintendent Tim Love, Divisional Commander, South Lanarkshire Division, said today:

“We believe that the group were just returning from a visit to the nearby village of Quarter around 1605 hours yesterday, when it appears that the helicopter got into difficulty and crashed within the grounds of Mr McRae’s family home.


[Edited 2007-09-16 16:35:55]


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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3697 posts, RR: 28
Reply 23, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5934 times:

Wow. Shocking. I saw a news piece yesterday about the crash but it said that it wasn't thought that McRae was onboard. Am rather surprised and saddened to see this news come out. BBC have changed their story now too.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/s...tland/glasgow_and_west/6997270.stm

For British rallying to lose Burns and McRae so early in their lives is extremely sad indeed.



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User currently offline777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3366 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5787 times:

Quoting 1stfl94 (Reply 19):
I know, especially as its just two years since Tony Park and Markko Martin were killed.

Markko Martin is still very much alive, and it was Michael Park who was Martin's co-driver who perished. It hasn't been a good decade for current/former Subaru drivers.

Possum Bourne
Mark Lovell/Roger Freeman
Richard Burns
Colin McRae



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25 Andaman : Very sad news. This was one of the main news in Finland today, rally is really popular here.
26 Post contains images LHRjc : Very sad news. RIP to all on board. My feelings exactly. JC
27 SAAB900 : Very tragic news, RIP to all who were on board! Colin was one of the best, if not the best rally driver ever! His car control & commitment to the stag
28 Andz : Hardly. More likely due to his exploits on the rally track in the real world.
29 Post contains links Jamie757 : It appears that the boss of Prodrive, Dave Richards and his wife have been involved in a helicopter crash today, no fatalities though. http://news.bbc
30 BristolFlyer : In light of Colin's accident and Dave Richard's close ties to him, he must have been terrified during his crash.
31 Senorcarnival : RIP Colin and his son.[Edited 2007-09-16 21:17:52]
32 Mika : Please do pardon my ignorance, but when and how did Richard Burns die?
33 BA787 : Richard Burns died of a brain tumour either last year or the year before. Its awful that both his son and friends died too, a great loss. He was plan
34 Post contains images Treg : RIP Colin, It has been horrible times to British rally. First, Michael Park, then Richard Burns and now Colin McRae. Really, really sad
35 BA757 : That really is a strange coincidence!
36 Legoguy : Indeed that is true, however there are also many people who did not follow rallying but knew him by his games. My condolences go to the McRae family
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