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A personal message to all rally fans

Colin’s web-site has been overwhelmed with fans, well-wishers and those seeking more information.

On Monday evening the site was quite simply overwhelmed as almost half a million people tried to access it and read the Book of Condolences.

We understand that some national news networks have also had to take down their own personal tributes to Colin because demand on their sites threatened to disrupt their own services. This added even more pressure to Colin’s site.

We are quite simply stunned by this reaction, but as a family, we have drawn great strength from your kind words and support from all around the globe.

We are pleased to report that the facility has now been restored under a different format, allowing access to the 2,500 most recent messages

Just as your lives appear to have been touched in some way by Colin, so ours have been touched by your thoughtfulness. It is a very humbling experience and we are truly grateful for all your support and kind words.

The McRae Family


Please note due to the massive amount of traffic the site is currently experiencing this page may run slowly at times. We are doing everything we can to rectify this and we thank you for your patience.



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R.I.P.,and i wish strength for the family in these sad times.
Rob van der Klooster,Holland - 27/09/2007 18:40:24

So sorry to hear about the death of Colin, a champion and Johnny, the future champion. I am also sorry to hear about the death of Graeme Duncan (my dad's friend too) and Ben Porcelli. I know what all the families will be going through and I am sure other do to. The Thomson family will be making a donation.
Gayle - 27/09/2007 18:40:23

News that is hard to accept means something to our hearts. My sympathies for those that are close.
Mark J - 27/09/2007 18:39:00

WE love you,
TAYFUN KARA - 27/09/2007 18:38:51

Thank You, Colin
Borja Teja - 27/09/2007 18:37:23

Very sorry for what happened,don't let his son ever forget his brother or his father
George - 27/09/2007 18:36:10

Fuiste grande Collin!! y lo seras siempre! se te echará de menos en el paris dakar. Una pena, de verdad...
tiestillo - 27/09/2007 18:33:15

A sad loss for everyone. Rest in peace Colin and Johnny. You did Lanark proud
Alisdair Gray - 27/09/2007 18:33:11

Words cannot convey how sorry I am to hear what has happened to Colin and Johnny McRae. Although I never met Colin, he just seemed, and was, a great man who will be sorely missed by everyone. Gareth
Gareth McGuinness - 27/09/2007 18:31:43

been rally fan 30yrs jimmy made me proud to be a scotsman with colin it was an honour my thoughts are with all concerened at this time
alistair clark - 27/09/2007 18:30:23

A big lost. Johnny and Colin will be in our memories for ever. R.I.P. Una gran pérdida. Johnny and Colin estarán siempre en nuestros recuerdos. D.E.P.
Toño (tobiotive) - 27/09/2007 18:28:41

I always will remember his spectacular driving. Since the first time i saw him at the RAC Rally with the white Subaru until the last X-Games. Rest in peace.
Javier Almazor - 27/09/2007 18:23:21

O que dizer neste momento de dor?Como diria um poeta brasileiro, "a dor da gente não sai no jornal". Dessa vez,o poeta esteve errado.Força a toda família Mcrae,e lembrem-se: "quem morre cedo,para Deus é caro". Um abraço fraterno de Itapetinga, da Bahia e de todo o Brasil.
José Roberto Mota - 27/09/2007 18:23:10

1995 was the first time i had ventured in to a very cold and wet dyfnant forest,colin came past us visibly quicker than anyone else. a very worthy champion who will be sorely missed the world condolences go out to all the familys involved. he was an insperation to many... r.i.p colin,jonny,ben and graeme
jon pitcher - 27/09/2007 18:23:03

Todos os fãs de automobilismo aqui no Brasil sentimos muito a perda de Mcrae. Um grande piloto. Um grande homem. Esperamos que a família supere esta fase difícil com todo o suporte de amigos e familiares.
Mariel Moura - 27/09/2007 18:22:56

descanse en paz colin fuiste unos de los grandes y siempre lo seras para mi y todos los ke sigue el mundial de rally y formula 1 descanse en paz que se fue todo un señor dentro y fuera de los circuitos
ezequiel - 27/09/2007 18:22:49

One of Scotlands most talented sportsman, sadly missed but never forgotten....RIP
Bruce Delvin - 27/09/2007 18:22:09

Colin McRae The Best Ever May he drive god sideways through Heaven.
Jack Megaw - 27/09/2007 18:20:50

Remembrance You can shed tears that he is gone, Or you can smile because he has lived. You can close your eyes And pray that he’ll come back, Or you can open your eyes And see all he has left. You heart can be empty Because you can’t see him, Or you can be full of The love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow And live yesterday, or you Can be happy for tomorrow Because of yesterday. You can remember him And only that he’s gone, Or you can cherish His memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, Be empty and turn your back, Or you can do what he’d want: Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
Paul Brewster - 27/09/2007 18:19:24

R.I.P From Spain.
Torsen - 27/09/2007 18:18:16

My condolences. I am very sorry to hear about this tragedy. Hopefully the remaining McRae family members will find the strength to move on.
Christian Berndalen - 27/09/2007 18:16:40

Colin was an absolute legend, god bless colin and his family
Louis (16) - 27/09/2007 18:16:23

Fuiste el mejor en la tierra y lo seras en el cielo, eres el mas grande y nunca me olvidare de ti. DEP
Adán Rodriguez Perdomo - 27/09/2007 18:15:58

sorry for the loss of a true legend and no doubt a future one....heaven awaits a champion
C Griffiths - 27/09/2007 18:12:18

Absolute legend good night god bless R.I.P
Danny Sammons - 27/09/2007 18:11:55

Semplicemente il migliore.
Andrea - 27/09/2007 18:11:34

What a legend! Colin will be truely missed, Absolutley gutted, One man I always wanted to meet, as he was my childhood hero. Im sure Johnny was set to follow in Colins footsteps, a hero to his family. R.I.P. Colin and Johnny
Philip Dodd - 27/09/2007 18:11:28

sad day
len - 27/09/2007 18:10:21

Condolences to all family members involved.
James Stafford, Lisa Currid - 27/09/2007 18:09:40

Thank you Colin for being such an inspiration to every rally fan. We miss You!
Marika - 27/09/2007 18:07:57

whata sad loss for the people of lanark!
lorna - 27/09/2007 18:07:39

We miss you!
Fran - 27/09/2007 18:04:01

Colin was the best driver I have ever had an opprotunity to see. I have followed his exploits In the WRC for the last four years. I was always impressed how he would turn tribulation into triumphs. It is with a sad heart to see that he has past away of no fualt of his. I can only wish the best for the mcrae famliy. they are all in my prayers.
James Verrett - 27/09/2007 18:00:04

rip ; collin
sergz - 27/09/2007 17:58:51

Gone but never, ever forgotten Colin - you touched soooo many lives in a fantastically positive way and will continue to do so with the examples which you have set. Rest in peace with your Johnny. Condolences to your family and friends xxxxx
Tina, Steve & Jack Boulter - 27/09/2007 17:56:56

r.i.p colin and johnny. A true legend who brought so much to the rallying world you was simply the greatest to watch and will be sorely missed,but never lived life with a 'flat out' style which is a insperation to us all.forever our champion.Thanks for the memories,r.i.p mate. from craig jackson
craig jackson - 27/09/2007 17:55:59

adios maestro la noticia me impacto, solo les puedo decir q les doy mis condolencias a la familia mcrae. Q.E.P.D. El mejor de los campeones al q siempre admire y admirare Por siempre corre... corre con dios corre... solo esperamos que mantengas tus partidas, y q crocnometres como nunca el mejor..
Felipe Leon - 27/09/2007 17:53:33

FEDE - 27/09/2007 17:53:12

What can say that hasn't already been said? Colin simply was outstanding. Images of his battered and bruised Focus WRC being manhandled by him (when to all mechanical accounts, shouldn't have been still moving, let along competing in a WRC event) are legendary. I was lucky enough to meet Colin back in 1998, and he signed a copy of his game personally to me. Its something that I'll treasure forever. Goodbye Colin.
Gaz - 27/09/2007 17:51:34

Colin, Like Bob Mc Intyre, Jim Clark and Jimmie Guthrie, were taken early, but in their day brought "Glory to Scotland", Heart felt condolences to, Margret, Allison, Jimmie, Hollie and Alister. Jim Dundee & Spain.
Jim Leighton - 27/09/2007 17:51:20

Bye Colin, we will never forget you!! Bye Johnny!! Condolences from Italy.
Mauro Montagnoli - 27/09/2007 17:50:54

its very sad that scotland has lost 1 of the very few world class sportsmen it`s produced,he may be gone but he`ll never be forgotten
I. JOYCE - 27/09/2007 17:49:56

Rest in peace. And all the best for their families.
Werner Koester - 27/09/2007 17:49:55

My thoughts and well wishes to friends and family of the McRae's and their friends who were with them in the accident. They are smilling down upon you and looking after you, always.
Jean Athol-Webb - 27/09/2007 17:48:15

dont cry he is my favorite driver dont cry
ren0s - 27/09/2007 17:47:55

Our depest simpathy,they will always be in our thoughts.Colin will be remembered as one of the best rally drivers.
Vassilis Predaris - 27/09/2007 17:44:44

R.I.P My deepest condolences to Colin's and Johnny's family. Be strong with your sorrow.
Petteri K. - 27/09/2007 17:42:30

Farewell to a truly Great Briton Proved that if you give all you acheive all two lives cut short a true peoples Champion
Andrew Gamble - 27/09/2007 17:42:24

Siempre apurando el asfalto, hasta la ultima gota de gasolina, hasta la meta no aflojes. Y cuando ganas a por la siguiente etapa. Hasta luego!
Andros - 27/09/2007 17:40:49

He was the best.
Luis Carlos Goldberg - 27/09/2007 17:40:08

Mi mas sentido pésame. Un saludo desde España. My but sense condolence. A greeting from Spain.
Cocran - 27/09/2007 17:38:28

Il migliore!!! The best!!
alex bruschetta - 27/09/2007 17:38:03

oliver w - 27/09/2007 17:34:30

My deepest condolences to the McRae family. The world is a darker place without Colin
Travis - 27/09/2007 17:33:14

It's always difficult to mourn the loss of someone you know. I grew up watching Colin fly around corners at speeds no one else could fathom. I watched the spectacular crashes on downloaded videos as the U.S. as a whole, had no interest in rally at the time, played his games, followed his career, and tried my best to make it to X-Games. What a shame I missed it. I blew my chance to see the worlds greatest driver perform the worlds most spectacular barrel roll.. the most spectacular piece of footage I have ever seen, and I missed the super fast paced action at this years x-games. I missed the Rally-America events he participated in, and of course I missed the WRC days of old, as I was still a child. But I didn't really miss anything. All I needed to see was a clip here or there to see the heart and passion he put into his every drive. I can only hope to attain that amount of passion in my career. He loved it, and you could tell. I will sorely miss him. I have to add, that when I read the report of the helicopter crash I felt horrible for Colin. I have never seen nor heard of his family before, and as such, it is hard for me to feel the same amount of sympathy. I know it sounds cold, however after loading this site, and seeing Johnny's face, my heart sank. And then it just plummeted. "2001-2007" It's the "2007" that made the feeling sink in. You see this picture of a child with a gleam in his eye, and know that he is gone. I wish there was some way I could help lessen the effect of your loss, as nobody should have to endure the loss of a son, a father, a husband, a hero, but all I can really offer is my moral support, and to let you know that all involved will share a close place in my heart. Neither Johnny nor Colin will be forgotten.
Tim Tucker - 27/09/2007 17:32:35

mi mas sentido pesame a este gran piloto y persona y a las personas que lo acompañaban
saidan - 27/09/2007 17:31:24

I was schocked when i read what happend. I wish the family God's peace and his always enduring love.
J Braad - 27/09/2007 17:29:42

Thank you Colin for all the thrills and spills you gave us over the years. Your determination will be missed! Condolences also to your family for their double tragedy.
Bernd - 27/09/2007 17:29:31


YOU WERE THE everytime i play the game you designed you will be remembered.....REST IN PEACE
jayaprakash - 27/09/2007 17:27:11

I was schocked when i read what happend. I wish the family God's peace and his always enduring love.
J Braad - 27/09/2007 17:25:36

Colin, like Bob Mac Intyre, Jim Clark and Jimmie Guthrie, who all died young, but who all in their day, brought "Glory to Scotland" Slan Nan Alba.
Jim Leighton - 27/09/2007 17:21:56

Une petite pensée pour un très grand champion et son fiston.
babylord - 27/09/2007 17:21:41

Siempre se van los mejores...
Carlos - 27/09/2007 17:20:59

Colin was a great man and will be missed by lots of peaple also a great driver who at times was a bit crazey but that was what was speicel about him i am sorry for the loss of a great husband and even tho i do not know him a great son all the best through this hard times Josh
Joshua Robinson - 27/09/2007 17:18:45

Colin inspired many people and his passion for sport and for life continues to inspire. His connection too with his family illustrates what a top man he was. Deepest condolences to you all for your losses...
Matthew Roddis, Canada - 27/09/2007 17:18:00

Un grand pilote est parti, mais une legende est née!! adieu colin et johnny! jean-loup, france
mourgues jean-loup - 27/09/2007 17:16:40

I am spanish and I was very fan of colin. I dont speak english very good, but sorry for the happened
arturo - 27/09/2007 17:15:15

Heaven now reverberates to the sound of a flat out boxer engine note.Now you and your son can set fastest stage times with Richard Burns and Dave Metcalf.Thankyou for being rallyings most spectacular driver ever.You will be sorely missed.
Neil Mclaughlin - 27/09/2007 17:13:33

Great Britains answer to Ari Vatanen,very quick ,great car craft,spell binding,and most of all a WINNER !!!
Nick mellor - 27/09/2007 17:13:21

My heart goes out the whole family due to their sad loses.
RAB Smith - 27/09/2007 17:12:44

My thoughts are with you all.
Ian Cruickshank - 27/09/2007 17:12:40

JOSE ANTONIO CALONGE - 27/09/2007 17:11:07

rip colin mcrae ur a legend
david hipwood - 27/09/2007 17:09:03

From Portugal my condolences. We miss you. Colin always.
José Bandeira - 27/09/2007 17:08:55

Well, I´m from Spain and I only want to say a last bye to Colin. We´ll never forget you!
fastback - 27/09/2007 17:08:41

An absolute ledgend in his field. The sadness we feel for his family is multiplied with the added tradegy of young Johnny who never got the chance to experience life. Our heart goes out to all the family for your tradgic loss.
Mr N P & Mrs S J Bidwell - 27/09/2007 17:07:46

McRae You're A Champions! GoodBye.
Champion McRae - 27/09/2007 17:07:45

I'm very sorry to hear of this tragedy. I wish the very best for Colin's family and friends during this difficult time.
dan - 27/09/2007 17:07:45

Le mie più sincere condolianze alla familia McRae. credo che qualsiasi parola sia inutile, ma credo che questa frase sia adatta per tutti e due... Fà buon viaggio campione!!!
Enrico Martino - 27/09/2007 17:07:35

If only we could turn back the clock and prevent it before it happened . You will be sadly missed Colin and Johnny . My thoughts go out to all the family and friends . We will never forget you . R.I.P
Darryl - 27/09/2007 17:06:59

Desde Galicia,... Colin, tu nos hiciste vibrar con tu estilo de conducción... Enséñale a los ángeles como ser Campeones del Mundo de Rallies!! R.I.P.
Oscar Luis - 27/09/2007 17:05:47

I was very confused last i known this notice... i'm from Mexico and i'm a fan of Colin. I have no words... only a good remember about you Colin... See you, and miss you. We never can forget you, the best in the road. "tu recuerdo vivira siempre en nosotros"
Fernando del Campo - 27/09/2007 17:04:03

Colin was a great guy,will always be rememberd as mr.rally , a daredevil in the of the greatest ever. is hard to put words about what happend.I will never forget Colin...tragic also about your condolence to the McRae family.
nicco - 27/09/2007 17:02:33

Corri con johnny nelle meravigliose strade del paradiso.
Di Nicola Fabrizio - 27/09/2007 16:59:44

I'm so so sorry... Rest in peace dear Colin and Johnny. "Sometimes God calls his angels too soon."
Kristina - 27/09/2007 16:59:33

hasta siempre campeon...
pedro - 27/09/2007 16:58:51

Mi mas sentido pesame a toda la familia. Como aficionado al mundo del motor, expresar mi mas profundo respeto por una persona que demostro tanta buena voluntad como deseo de ser el mejor. Gracias Colin.
Gerard - 27/09/2007 16:58:13

im so sorry for the loss of a great rally driver and a lovely boy, i went to every rally as a child and looked forward to the services so i couls meet all the driver and colin was always so nice and very excited about his ralling a great shame but heaven has gain two angels xx
bernadette postle - 27/09/2007 16:53:24

Colin was my sporting hero, he had a gift to do what I love - drive down a country road fast!! He pushed the boundarys and sometimes crashed but he was always prepared to pay that price. He was a hero becuase he never wanted to play the numbers game, at the start he wanted to finish before everyone else. A true focused sporting hero. May God be with those who mourne their loss
Peter McIlhagger - 27/09/2007 16:53:12

Con mucho cariño y respeto a la familia MCRAE, apoyo desde Chile
PATRICIO SANDOVAL - 27/09/2007 16:51:38

A great hug to the broken people you left behind. And to you, wings to keep pushing the limits beyond heaven.
Nacho Rodriguez - 27/09/2007 16:48:32

Que descansin en pau... Catalonia (SPAIN)
Arcadi Lluís - 27/09/2007 16:48:32

Dear Colin and Johnny, you´re not with us, but your soul will ever be in ours hearts.
Michel Garcia Moreno - 27/09/2007 16:47:22

rest in peace you will be a great loss to the rally world my friend may your spirit live on !
basil - 27/09/2007 16:47:15

Muy grande, el mejor. Ahora DEP. Por tu culpa me encantan los Rallies. Gracias
Ruben T.F. - 27/09/2007 16:46:47

Gran y mitico piloto donde los haya, no te olvidare nunca, tus carreras se quedan en el recuerdo
Sergio Aznar Galindo - 27/09/2007 16:45:24

Ive decided to buy an RC Subaru rally car, paint it gold, and make it identical to the one he drove in the Xgames in his honour. Wish i could drive it as well as he did though ! R.I.P Race in a better place
Damien - 27/09/2007 16:43:20

its people like Colin McRae that have made Scotland such a Great and Proud nation.You will never be forgotten.God Bless.
kenny garland - 27/09/2007 16:43:19

In a world full of awful events, we become immune, but not this tragedy. Colin was one of those supremely gifted, skilled and able people that was beyond belief. Such was his statute, I had like us all just expected him to grow old with the rest of us, that's the way we expect it to be with real heroes. From first seeing him at Kielder in 92 in the Legacy he was simply better and faster than the rest (Kankunnen, Auriol, Sainz). Truly incredible. I cannot begin to comprehend the grief and sorrow of all the families, however I you shall all remain in my thoughts always. MC. Dumfries
Michael Clements - 27/09/2007 16:40:36

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