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May 8, 1982: Death of a Quebec National Hero, Gilles Villeneuve

Auto123 tips its hat to Gilles Villeneuve, on the 38th anniversary of his death on the track in Belgium.

Over the past few weeks, with almost all of us confined to our homes, it has been easy to drift into nostalgia. For racing fans, deprived of their favourite sport, some have taken to looking back, to remember those who came before. Many television channels broadcast old races, which helps stir up memories for sure. Those were the days, some will say.

I have not escaped the temptation to look back during this period of confinement. One of my distinct memories that has popped up lately is that of seeing, live and on the track, my boyhood idol, Gilles Villeneuve. Today, May 8th, marks 38 years since the Quebec-born and –bred racing legend died in an accident at the Zolder circuit in Belgium. For anyone old enough to remember the sad event, it is never a day like any other.

On that day, Quebec did not just lose a driver; it lost a hero.  

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