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Remembering: Colin Mcrae

PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:22 pm
by Prey
How about a new forum theme in this folder where we each look back and remember our personal sporting heroes? I've just watched the following on Sky HD downstairs and thought it would be great to share it with everyone on here...

The Real Mcrae Part 1:
http://youtu.be/0okeTZltaDs

Part 2 & 3 can be found to the right.

There's a reason Colin was dubbed 'The Flying Scotsman"
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From the very first moment I saw Colin roar his way around a rally stage I fell in love. I've since bought every single game he was attached to and soaked myself in them for hours on end and I followed his good luck/bad luck up then down then up again rallying career with venom. And while you have the safety option of a quick rewind in the game Colin had no such safety net meaning even the slightest lapse could end in disaster. Many thought he was 100% crazy, I thought he was simply passionate beyond belief and never gave less than 110% every single time he pressed his foot down from start to finish. And what a foot it was, I doubt I've seen a single video of Colin in action where I'm not utterly mystified that they all didn't end in a spectacular crash.

The following is onboard camera footage of Colin's 2001 Rally GB...

http://youtu.be/MwtvlxFIWUU

Here's to you Col, your driving style made just as much impact on the sport and myself as every single car you wrecked/fixed and drove to the end of a stage.

You are still my sporting hero.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:34 pm
by Eny
Even now, Colin McRae has bigger bollocks than I have. Breathtaking speed.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:05 pm
by Edwin
McRae was always a risk taker, at the beginning of his career he was popular because he'd either win or have a massive crash. Unfortunately I think this attitude contributed to his death.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:10 pm
by Rossell
But didn't he say to his co-pilot whose name escapes me "You can take risks with a car but not with a helicopter"

I doubt he'd be stupid in a helicopter with two kids in.

Anyways, RIP Mr McRae. The man was an absolute legend in my eyes. Eny puts it perfectly.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:26 pm
by Prey
Edwin wrote:McRae was always a risk taker, at the beginning of his career he was popular because he'd either win or have a massive crash. Unfortunately I think this attitude contributed to his death.


I'd rather discuss how Colin lived, not how he died. But I will add this...

"Colin was safety-minded when flying at all times. He would document each flight".

Besides taking risks in his rally career was to Colin the same as us stepping on a bus. He didn't think twice about it, he just did it.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:31 pm
by Edwin
The report into his accident suggests it was down to pilot error, and in the time leading up to the crash there were reports of a helicopter flying along at very low levels. His license was also expired.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_mcrae#Investigation

I think the quote was "If you make a mistake in a car you'll crash, but if you do it in a helicopter it will kill you." and it was McRae himself who was supposed to have said it.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:34 pm
by Prey
Then he proved his theory correct, much to the detriment of us all and his family.

I'd still rather celebrate his life than ponder his death.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:37 pm
by Rossell
Prey wrote:Then he proved his theory correct, much to the detriment of us all and his family.

I'd still rather celebrate his life than ponder his death.


Sorry mate.

But yeah Edwin has more of a handle of it then me. I'll just go with that :)

PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:23 pm
by Wizard Of Odd
Rossell wrote:his co-pilot whose name escapes me


Nicky Grist.

EDIT : Oh, if you mean his co-driver in the rally, rather than his 'copter co?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:43 pm
by HSWDragon
He wasn't that good though, He only won 1 championship.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:55 pm
by Rossell
Nicky Grist was who I was after WoO. Cheers.