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Old 16 Sep 2007, 09:51 (Ref:2014351)   #31
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A true icon of the British rally sport is lost.

My condolences for the McRae family, and the unnamed family whom lost its loved ones, too.
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Old 16 Sep 2007, 10:34 (Ref:2014388)   #32
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That video just sums up what Colin was all about

I still can't believe it even over 12 hours after it became inevitable that he was on the helicopter

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/6997241.stm
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Old 16 Sep 2007, 10:52 (Ref:2014409)   #33
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Sad sad news.
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Old 16 Sep 2007, 10:52 (Ref:2014410)   #34
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My first memories of motorsport are from the British Rally championship in 1988 where Colin in his Nova looked visibly quicker than many of the Sierras etc. He has always been one of my motorsport heroes and I am utterly devastated by the news. My heart goes out to Alison, Hollie and all the McRae family and their friends. Rest in peace Colin and Johnny you will never be forgotten.
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Old 16 Sep 2007, 10:55 (Ref:2014412)   #35
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It's just the most terrible thing.

McRae really planted rallying into my mind at a reasonably young age in a way I doubt anyone else could have. He just was the most flamboyant, gritty determined driver and British to boot. Definitely someone to be proud of.

I can't claim to have known him of course, that would be ridiculous, but I did have the pleasure of meeting him a number of times when he drove for Ford as they tested not too far away from me. But this was enough, for me anyways, to appreciate just what a down to earth and lovely bloke he was. He even gave me a hat and a copy of the "Ford & McRae" book one day.

I truly admired him and was so gutted when he rolled out of Rally GB in 2001.

This also means we have lost both our champions, our only world rally champions, before they even hit 40 years of age.

A truly awful loss and what makes it worse is it seems family members were involved.

RIP Colin.
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Old 16 Sep 2007, 10:57 (Ref:2014415)   #36
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The year was 1995 and it was the first year that I'd known anything at all about motorsport. Whilst I was transfixed, naturally on the Formula One, elsewhere, Colin McRae was well on his way to taking the WRC title for Subaru, becoming the youngest WRC of all-time in the process.

I was lucky enough to have watched McRae in action (on the TV, but... still) and it was a pleasure to watch him drive. Long after he departed the Subaru team, I still connect the 555 liveried cars with him and it's a shame he couldn't win another one in his lifetime.

McRae will be remembered as a driver who took a World Rally Championship at the height of the sports competitiveness and popularity. He'll also be remembered for his daring, his courage, and the fighting spirit that seems inherant in some people.

It's almost too hard to believe that both of our British WRC Champions are no longer with us, and have both been taken from us at such young and unfair ages.

Rest in peace Colin and too, those others who were on board the helicopter when it crashed. My thoughts are with the families, particularly Colin's wife, his children, Jimmy, Alistair and the rest of his close personal contacts.
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Old 16 Sep 2007, 11:01 (Ref:2014417)   #37
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One of the most exciting rally drivers of all time, he never gave less than 100% and put rallying on the map for the man in the street. This is truely devastating news and as I write this there's speculation that other members of his family may have been in the aircraft too. I sincerely hope not.
My deepest sympathies go out his family and friends. RIP Colin.
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Old 16 Sep 2007, 11:03 (Ref:2014419)   #38
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Such a terrible shock. And a double tragedy that his young son died as well. First Possum, then Richard Burns, and now Colin. When you consider that most of the young people who know about rallying through the game Colin McRae Rally, the loss to the sport- even though he did not have drive- is still immense.
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Old 16 Sep 2007, 11:53 (Ref:2014465)   #39
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Rest In Peace Colin & to all killed in this tragic accident
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Old 16 Sep 2007, 12:54 (Ref:2014533)   #40
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Such a shocking tragedy.

Condolences to everyone related to Colin and all his fans.
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Colin Steele McRae
1968 - 2007

You will be remembered as fondly in death as you were admired in life.

Rest in Peace
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Old 16 Sep 2007, 13:28 (Ref:2014560)   #42
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Tragic news, My thoughts are with all the family of both victims at this time.
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Old 16 Sep 2007, 13:29 (Ref:2014561)   #43
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One word... Legend!! RIP Colin & Johnny
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Old 16 Sep 2007, 13:44 (Ref:2014575)   #44
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RIP Colin. I was talking to a poilce officer (who had to investigate my elderly next door neighbour to see if he was alright but grimly found that he passed away in his sleep) and when I told him that Colin had died, he was just shocked as was I and my family.
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Old 16 Sep 2007, 13:47 (Ref:2014579)   #45
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