Not the the game he lent his name to but the man himself.
His helicopter crashed yesterday afternoon; there were no survivors although the dead have not been formally identified it is understood that Colin was among them.[Update. The BBC are saying that Colin, his 5 year old son, his 6 year old friend and a 37 year old family friend were on board.]
Although my interest has always been more in single seaters; Colin’s talent meant he was always special, and it was combined with a personality which made him widely liked.
British Rallying had two great talents and great people in Colin and Richard Burns. Richard’s death from a brain tumour in 2005 (I thought it was more recent) was a great loss. To lose Colin as well is … indescribable. I’ve sat at my keyboard trying to put it into words ; I’ll leave it to others
At times like this we remember family and close friends of those we have lost, and how much more acutely they must feel it than we do.
This post originally appeared on my technet blog.