DATE OF INDUCTION: January 14, 1988
CAREER SPAN: 1969-1977
COMPETITION TYPE: Oval
BRANDS RACED: Moto-Ski, Alouette & Skiroule
AGE AT INDUCTION: Posthumous
Perhaps snowmobile racings most talented driver and an incredible racing success, Gilles Villeneuve began his career on this father’s Motor-Ski, racing in his hometown of Berthierville, Quebec. From these obscure beginnings, Villeneuve rose to become one of motor racing’s greatest.
Gilles first captured international attention when he drove a Alouette to an unexpected victory in the 1974 World’s Championship at the age of 22. A talented designer, he built the first twin-track and the first true IFS to appear in oval competition and won many races and overall titles in Canada and the U.S.
Before leaving snowmobile racing for an auto racing career at Ferrari, Gilles designed and built the IFS Skiroules that began the snowmobile racing suspension revolution of the late 1970’s. He was killed in an auto racing accident while qualifying for the Belgium Grand Prix on May 8, 1982.