Rally ace Colin McRae dies in air crash
- Posted September 16th, 2007 at 07:12 EDT by
- 45 Comments
In a tragic accident today, Colin McRae, world famous rally racer, beloved husband, and loving father of two, has died, along with three others, including his son, a close friend, and one other child.
The accident occurred while Colin McRae was piloting his helicopter in Jerviswood, Lanarkshire, half a mile from the family's home and burst into flames just after 4pm. There is no official statement yet as to the reason for the crash, as McRae is said to be an excellent pilot, and the weather not being too harsh.
Colin leaves behind his wife, who had formerly been his co-driver earlier on in his career, his daughter, and a legacy. 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.
McRae became so well known that he has been the basis for several racing games, including the most recent, Dirt, which is out on the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It is up in the air at this point what his death will do to the series. This early on though, we encourage all of our readers to keep his family on their thoughts as they struggle through this terrible loss.
Source: The Times Online
- 2:16am EDT - September 16th, 2007
very sad news RIP Colin Mcrae
- 2:17am EDT - September 16th, 2007
Makes you think...
could be anyone....anytime
- 2:23am EDT - September 16th, 2007
Very sad, but I still think it's alittle weird to post this here. Also hundreds of sudden deaths happen everyday.
RIP, Colin. I hope you will become a part of Jehova's coming new world.
- 2:52am EDT - September 16th, 2007
Jesus Christ! I don't watch rally very often, but I've been like a semi fan of Colin McRae almost my whole life. I've played Colin McRae games since way back. I feel very bad for his family.
It's like a really big name dies. For me, it feels as if someone like Ronaldo would die. Someone you never expected to bie (although he competes in a very dangerous sport).
- 3:31am EDT - September 16th, 2007
RIP - A world class sportsman will be sadly missed
- 4:20am EDT - September 16th, 2007
My condolence to everyone’s family for their lost..
- 4:23am EDT - September 16th, 2007
psn id: gingo... a wife has lost a husband and son, Scotland has lost one of our best sportsmen and rally driving has lost a legend - R.I.P. Colin
- 4:57am EDT - September 16th, 2007
Poor guy, i just bought his game too. He will be missed greatly.
- 5:08am EDT - September 16th, 2007
Didn't another ace driver like Colin Mcrae die a few months ago? This is so sad my thoughts are with the families and friends involved.
- 5:18am EDT - September 16th, 2007
too bad.. will be missed.
- 5:38am EDT - September 16th, 2007
Shocking news... RIP Colin McRae
- 5:39am EDT - September 16th, 2007
WOW, this is terrible news. He was young and still racing. Will be sadly missed.
- 5:51am EDT - September 16th, 2007
My thoughts are with the McRae family and of the others killed in this tragedy.
- 5:55am EDT - September 16th, 2007
very sad 2 hear the news i feel the same as kane
- 6:31am EDT - September 16th, 2007
This is really a sad thing, Colin was a real stand up guy and down to earth.
I feel for his family.
- 6:43am EDT - September 16th, 2007
Its kinda like the crocadile hunter, dying doing what they loved.
- 7:38am EDT - September 16th, 2007
Very sad and upsetting news. My thoughts are with his family and friends... Colin will be missed but never forgotten... Hopefully CodeMasters will still carry on producing his games as a fitting tribute to Rallyings great legend....
- 7:49am EDT - September 16th, 2007
thats sad news :( rip
- 8:02am EDT - September 16th, 2007
i'm just crushed right now. God Bless your life Mr. McRae. Bless your Family too. Bless the life of the lost youth. Bless their Family too, Ashe! Thanks for all the smiles you put on all the youth faces. Peace
- 8:17am EDT - September 16th, 2007
I hope codemasters and subaru have something special planned for him,like when Dale Earnhardt died chevy made a special edition Monte Carlo SS
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