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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John Ross

Inducted 1994

John Ross never raced himself, but he worked every bit as hard for the sport he loved as any racer ever has. He helped to create the Can-Am series and was deeply involved with the building of Le Circuit Mont Tremblant, even serving on the track design committee. He was also the organizer of the first-ever Can-Am race that was run at Le Circuit in 1966.

Image courtesy of Craig Fisher.