Grand Prix history

Jan. 1, 2020
I walked around a fair bit of the track but couldn’t locate the spot where the history of Grand Prix racing changed.

I couldn’t find it at first. I walked around a fair bit of the track but couldn’t locate the spot where the history of Grand Prix racing changed. Walking back to the start / finish line along the back straight I noticed there was a left right chicane that looked vaguely familiar. I continued along and proceeded to the top of a grassy spot overlooking where the track straightened out. Looking to my right I noticed how the track went for a short distance and then disappeared over the crest of the hill.

For those who have been following The Ride you’ll know of my interest in Formula One racing. Last week was the 30th anniversary of the death of Gilles Villeneuve. Although he only won 6 Grand Prix races he is still heralded as one of the greatest drivers of all time. At the least he was certainly one of the most exciting.

Canadian race fans seem to have a special affinity with the little French Canadian. I was fortunate because my brother who has an equally passionate interest in motor sport took me out to Mosport in 1977 to see Villeneuve in his first race for Ferrari. He finished 12th after spinning off the track on a competitor’s oil, but he had clearly made his mark.

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