UK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2550 posts, RR: 33 Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6257 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?
Noelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6234 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?
BristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2135 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6031 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.
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.
BA787 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 8 Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5477 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
1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1454 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5384 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.
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.
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3687 posts, RR: 32 Reply 23, posted (5 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5022 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.