RIP Colin McRae. Very sad that Colin and his son have died in a helicopter crash. He was an amazing rally driver to watch.
Colin McRae Dead at 39 - AutoWeek
By MICHAEL TAYLOR
Scottish authorities confirmed that rally legend Colin McRae and his son were among four killed in a helicopter crash near his home just after 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15.
McRae, who won the 1995 World Rally Championship in a Subaru, was the pilot of the Squirrel helicopter when it crashed and burst into flames within sight of Jervis House, his family home in Jerviswood, Lanarkshire. There were no survivors.
McRae's agent confirmed that the driver's five-year-old son, Johnny, was also killed, along with another child and adult.
McRae stormed into the rallying world with flamboyant style and blazing pace before maturing to become Britain's first World Rally Champion in 1995. His total of 25 WRC wins is topped by only dual champions Carlos Sainz and Marcus Gronholm, and reigning champion Sebastien Loeb.
McRae is also widely known for his rally video game, which introduced the sport to the U.S., along with recent guest appearances at the X Games. His WRC career included drives with Subaru, Ford, Citroen and, briefly, Skoda, before stints with Nissan in the Paris-Dakar Rally. He is only the second World Rally Champion to die, with England's 2001 World Champion Richard Burns succumbing to a brain tumor in 2005. He is survived by his wife, childhood sweetheart Alison, and his nine-year-old daughter, Hollie.