Colin McRae (1968 – 2007)

Posted on 16. Sep, 2007 by in Rally News


It was confirmed today that Colin McRae and three others, including his 5-year old son Johnny, were killed when his helicopter crashed near his home in Scotland. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends, and those new friends he had made here in North American during his time at X Games.  He embodied all that makes rally special and is a rally legend for the ages.

Colin was a hero to many of us, and some of us were introduced to rally through his video game. Having never met the man in person, the enduring images I have of Colin are of him pushing through impossible odds with determination and sheer will. There's the helicopter shot of him kicking a stricken Ford Focus at the side of the road, getting back into the car, and racing flat out to the finish with hardly a straight piece on the car.  Or the image of his Focus bouncing wildly down an African track, both wheels pointing in different directions, and a stubborn unwillingness the stop. And more recently, his "perfect roll" at X Games 12, or his smile and shrug of acceptance after repeating the performance this year.  He was always on the limit, and always exciting to watch.  In recent times, he's put a lot back into the sport and I hope his legacy continues to help develop drivers and introduce new people to the sport.

After sitting down several times to try and put into words what he meant to rallyists around the world, I still fail to express the influence he had on us. From all of us at Flatovercrest, our hearts go out to his family, and we imagine he is already belting in behind the wheel to go head to head with Burnsie, Possum, Jake Himes, and the others we have lost recently.  The great rally in the sky awaits.

- Warwick


Speaking on behalf of the whole family, Colin’s father, Jim McRae, said today:

“It is with much sadness and regret that we have to make this statement.

It is unbelievable that Colin and Johnny’s lives have been taken so prematurely and in such a tragic manner.

Colin was a great son, a loving husband to Alison and a fantastic father to Johnny and his big sister Hollie. Johnny was a great wee guy, spending every spare minute with his dad, and even at this early stage it looked like he had the potential to carry on the family dynasty.

Our thoughts are also very much with the families of Ben Porcelli and Graeme Duncan. Ben was a great buddy of Johnny’s and they had always spent a lot of time together both in and out of school. Graeme, who now resides in France, had been a close friend of Colin’s since their schooldays and was back in Lanark on holiday.

We are thankful for the overwhelming number of messages of support we have received from all around the world. Colin was very much an inspiration and role model to motorsport fans the world over.

As you can imagine this is a very difficult time for the family and we would ask that our privacy be respected and we be allowed to grieve in private.”

Condolences can be sent via Colin's website -

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10 Responses to “Colin McRae (1968 – 2007)”

  1. wrcfan83

    17. Sep, 2007

    Someone just posted a poll on our site regarding the death of Rally driver Colin Mcrae. Vote to keep the name of the video game!

  2. Gary Grant

    17. Sep, 2007

    Well said Warwick.
    I was struck hard by this, yet I never had a chance to meet the man. My heart goes out to all 3 families.

  3. jim burton

    17. Sep, 2007

    the people of scotland like me will miss colin very much i never met him bt like many went and saw him drive,the forrests are silent now forever in our hearts r.i.p colin his son and the other two friends

  4. Warren Currie

    17. Sep, 2007

    Very well written words Warwick.
    He has been one of my heros since my first taste of Rally.
    I was fortunate enough to meet and talk with him at X Games 12 – and it was the realization of a dream.
    Godspeed Colin and best wishes to the families involved

  5. Justin

    20. Sep, 2007

    There’s a little poem that’s been doing the rounds, some may have seen already but it’s closing words meant I just had to place it here for all to see, quite an apt place for it.
    Up at five and really so keen,
    To see the bond of man and machine
    3 hours to drive to get to the start
    We all have a laugh and so full of heart
    We know it is early, the weather is damp
    But we need to see cars come off the ramp
    Through fog and rain we push on with style
    We know the main man is due in a while
    Then comes a whistle, the marshal says time
    A car is now coming through forests of pine
    Its howl is so frightening, like a banshee on heat
    There is no escape, as we shuffle our feet
    And suddenly now its why we are here
    McRae over crest of course in top gear!
    Its been worth the wait, the weather, the toil,
    To see the brave Scot here on home soil
    But now there is silence, and its deafening too
    Cos you and the wee man have bid us adieu.
    So rest in peace Colin you and your lad
    You gave us your best, John be proud of your dad.
    The memories you left us are all just the best
    You shone like a star, just simply the best.
    Colin you”re a mate and thats what we all thought
    It made you our hero and that just cant be bought.
    Now your in heaven with your boy and at rest
    But you left us the true meaning of FLAT OVER CREST!.

  6. Warwick

    20. Sep, 2007

    Thanks for that Justin…I hadn’t seen it yet. I’m working on a t-shirt design at the moment…maybe I can incorporate that somehow. Do you know where the poem originated?

  7. Justin

    21. Sep, 2007

    I’ve no idea where it originated, sorry Warwick, I came across it in a thread trying to track down the originator at the forum. If I find out I’ll let you know.

  8. Chris

    30. Sep, 2007

    Hey Warwick – Great site! I’ve just come upon it via a link from the garageblog!! How is life in the rally world? Seen you sliding by on Facebook – I’m still trying to figure out that site! Are you still working with ATV in Vancouver? How’s Devon doing?

  9. Stormy

    12. Jan, 2015

    What a data of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable knowledge about unexpected feelings.

  10. Hosting

    04. Jun, 2016

    Alison McRae has said that she would like production of the car to continue following Colin’s death.

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