Jacques Couture

Inducted 2000

A fine competitor who won many formula car and sedan races and championships, and who continues to teach the art and techniques of motor racing, Jacques Couture won the Canadian Driving Championship during a long and varied career. Jacques established the first racing school in North America — the Jim Russell school at Le Circuit/Mont Tremblant in Quebec — and was the instructor who taught the young Gilles Villeneuve how to race. He was a mentor to many other than Villeneuve and was instrumental, for instance, in helping David McConnell (of the Montreal Star McConnells) to reach the Formula 2 level in Europe. Jacques today lives happily in California, looking for another Villeneuve.

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Dave Morris

Inducted 1998

Dave Morris was a fine racing driver in his own right. In four years of driving Formula Fords, Dave chalked up 29 victories in 65 races including the 1973 Canadian Formula Ford championship. By 1976, Dave was supplying Formula Atlantic engines for Gilles Villeneuve, who won 12 of 13 races and both Canadian and North American titles. In 1977, Dave owned the team that fielded Villeneuve. Gilles clinched another Canadian title and finished up the year driving for Ferrari in Formula 1. Dave Morris can take some of the credit for getting him there.

Gilles Villeneuve

Inducted 1993

Gilles Villeneuve became a legend in his own time, a driver whose skill and daring personified the ideals of Grand Prix racing, the pinnacle of motor sport. With his flamboyantly aggressive, press-on-regardless style in scarlet Ferrari, he captured the imagination of a vast international audience as no other driver has in recent times.

Villeneuve’s esteem and popularity have grown since his tragic death in a terrible accident during qualifying at Zolder in Belgium on May 8, 1982. Canada’s Grand Prix circuit, in Montreal, is named for him and there are statues commemorating him in Europe where he is revered as one of the greatest racing heroes in the history of the sport.

Author Gerald Donaldson, an award-winning journalist and commentator, covered Gilles Villeneuve’s first and last Formula 1 races and many of those in between. In his full-length authoritative biography of the spectacular French-Canadian driver, Donaldson captures all the drama and emotion, humour and heartbreak of a life lived at the limit. The truth about Gilles Villeneuve is more remarkable than any fiction, a rags-to-riches saga of his rise from obscurity and triumph over adversity to achieve undreamed of fame and fortune. Beyond the breathtaking accounts of his epic races Donaldson’s book covers every aspect of the Villeneuve legend to reveal the private man behind the superstar image.