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..:: Colin McRae, MBE (05/08/1968 - 15/09/2007)

Colin Steele McRae, MBE (5 August 1968 – 15 September 2007) was a Scottish rally driver born in Lanark.

The son of five-time British Rally Champion Jimmy McRae, Colin McRae was the 1991 and 1992 British Rally Champion and, in 1995, became the first Briton to win the World Rally Championship Drivers' title.

McRae's Subaru won the World Rally Championship Constructors' title three times in succession in 1995, 1996 and 1997. After a four year spell with the Ford World Rallye Sport team, which saw McRae win nine events, he moved to Citroën World Rally Team in 2003 where, despite not winning an event, he helped them win the first of their three consecutive manufacturers' titles. He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1996. McRae died in a helicopter accident in September 2007 which also claimed the life of his son as well as two family friends.


Personal and early life

McRae was married to Alison, and had two children, Hollie and Johnny. McRae moved to the principality of Monaco in 1995, partly through his friendship with David Coulthard. However, as his young family grew up, he spent more time back at his home in Lanarkshire - accepting the higher tax liability of living in Scotland. The couple bought the 17th century Jerviswood House.