Rally Driver Colin McRae killed! OMG!

  1. OMG! I've just read in the newspaper that the Superb Rally Driver Colin McRae has been killed in a Helicopter crash near his Scottish home.

    Colin was piloting the helicopter that crashed and his young son was in there with him. The helicopter is so badly burned that they cannot tell at present how many other people were in the craft with him but all are dead.

    This is very very sad - I cannot believe it.

    My thoughts are with his family and friends - what a dreadful thing to happen.
     
  2. Former World Rally auto racing champion Colin McRae was feared dead Saturday after a helicopter crash at his Scottish base at Jerviswood, Lanark, just south of a line midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
    McRae won the world rally championship in 1995 driving a Subaru.


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    Police said there were no survivors of the crash.
    A team of investigators was examining the wreckage and searching the area around the crash, whose cause was unknown.
    A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said it was not known how many people were on the helicopter.
    No formal identifications were expected until Sunday.
    McRae, from Scotland, won the Rally World Championship in 1995 and was honored by being made a Member of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth.
    After quitting the World Rally circuit, he competed in the Dakar Rally and LeMans' 24-hour race.
    His fame has also spread via his computer game, which has sold millions of copies.
    McRae also has a base in Monaco.
    The Scottish Press Association said the 39-year-old driver is a licensed pilot and owner of a helicopter.
     
  3. This is sooo sad.
    My condolences to his family and friends.
    May he and his son rest in peace.
     
  4. Such a tragedy!
     
  5. Apparently it has now been said that there were 4 of them in the helicopter - Colin, his son, his son's friend and an adult friend from France.
     
  6. From cnn.com:

    LONDON, England (AP) -- Colin McRae, whose fascination with cars grew into an obsession that led him to 25 wins in a World Rally Championship career, was killed in a helicopter crash along with his 5-year-old son and two others, police said Sunday. He was 39.
    [​IMG] McRae won the world rally championship in 1995 driving a Subaru.


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    McRae was piloting the helicopter, which he owned and was licensed to fly, when it crashed Saturday in a wooded area near his home.
    McRae raced in the World Rally Championship from 1987 until 2004, becoming champion in 1995. He also took part in the Paris to Dakar rally, the Le Mans 24 hour race, the Race of Champions and the X Games.
    McRae also lent his name to a best-selling computer game, but it was his flamboyant racing style that earned fans in all types of motorsport and lifted the profile of rallying in Britain.
    "He was really daring, always pushing it further," Formula One driver Heikki Kovalainen said. "I always liked his attitude. It was maximum attack always and he had some big rolls sometimes. Every time he had one, though it was like: 'Oh well, it's just a roll,' and he just carried on."
    Two other people also died in the crash -- 6-year-old Ben Porcelli and 37-year-old Graeme Duncan. The aircraft was badly burned, making it impossible for police to immediately identify the occupants.
    The son of five-time British rally champion Jimmy McRae, Colin McRae was competing on motorbikes by age 7. He competed in his first rally in 1985, but qualified as a plumber while he built his racing career, which kicked off when he became the British rally champion in 1991 and 1992.
    "There was never a minute when he didn't try 100 percent and, of course, we had lots of accidents," said David Richards, who owned the Prodrive team that McRae raced with when he won his world title. "And it is with great irony that, with all the accidents he had in rally cars that he walked away from unscathed, this happens in a helicopter."
    He lifted the world title in 1995, and was runner-up in 1996, 1997 and 2001. He won 25 races in a World Rally Championship career that ran from 1987 to 2004. He made intermittent appearances on the WRC circuit until 2006.
    "I didn't set goals as I went along," McRae told Autosport Magazine in January. "I just wanted to be quick as possible and win as much as possible."
    McRae spent 2006 working on an auto camp in Are, Sweden, which he wanted to become the world's premier driving center. He also took part in a rally contest at the X Games over the past two years, including last month's event in Carson, Calif.
    In the 2006 event, McRae flipped his Subaru, tearing a wheel off the car but still finished second.
    McRae's success on the rally circuit led to a computer game "Colin McRae Rally," first released in 1998, which is now found on PlayStation, Game Boy, Xbox and PSP platforms.
    McRae received an MBE award in 1996 from Queen Elizabeth II. He was married and also has a daughter.

    My condolences to everyone's families!! How horrible!!