Thursday, September 20, 2007


I've always found it interesting how emotionally attached we can become to people they've never met. Most of us have idols, people we truly look up to and admire... our heroes. They can be family members, academics, professionals, artists, atheletes, religious figures, thay can be anyone. Whoever they are, we are so mesmorized by what they acheive that we become emotially attached to them, and whatever it is that they do, whether they write a book or win the World becomes a huge part of our lives.

I lost one of my heroes today.

I realize it's a name that means nothing to you, my readers, but a GIANT in the world of motorsports died this week. Colin McRae, World famous Rally driver, 1995 World Rally Champion, and true ambassador of his sport, was killed on September 15th in a helicopter crash less than a mile from his home in Scotland. He was 39 years old. With him were his young son, his son's friend, and another friend of the McRae family. Colin was arguably the most dynamic, and at times, emotional driver in the modern era of his sport. Whether he was winning, breaking down, or crashing spectactularly, he was sensational to watch. Because of his personality and his talent, he brought new fans from around the world to the pinnacle of motor sports that is Rallying. His raw talent amazed me as he routinely did things with an automobile that should not be humanly possible, and his influence helped to fuel my passion for all motorsports. His absence and this tragedy for his family will be sorely felt by millions throughtout the world.

Colin McRae, you will be sorely missed.

1 comment:

Gender Blank said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I raise a glass in honor of Colin McRae.