September 15 marks 10 years since the death of one of rallying’s favourite drivers, Colin McRae
I was at an ARC round in New South Wales when news filtered through that McRae had been killed in a helicopter accident in his native Scotland.
The shock and disbelief that permeated through the service park that day was similar to that which I had experienced at Rally Australia in 1993 after Rodger Freeth had his life tragically cut short in an accident alongside Possum Bourne.
McRae was, without doubt, rallying’s biggest star, and had perhaps even overtaken Ari Vatanen as “the” public figure of the sport.
The 1995 World Rally Champion may have been past his best and out of a drive in the WRC at the time of his crash, but the Colin McRae “brand” was still a force to be reckoned with.
McRae died when he crashed his helicopter near his home in Lanark. The accident also killed his five-year old son, Johnny, and two family friends.
Ten years on, Colin McRae is perhaps still the most recognisable name in world rallying.
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