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Old 2 Mar 2019, 22:03 (Ref:3887881)   #1
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found photos I took at the 1981 Canadian GP

haven't come on here in ages
cheers to anyone from the early days of this forum

while going through photos to scan from a box my father had put things in, I discovered prints from the 81 race. The 80 race had been a weird one, with snow coming down and I remember having to wear winter clothes and a wool hat.
The 81 race had those pretty yellow and black Renaults, the gold and black Lotus, the new CF chassis McLaren , and Gilles Villeneuve driving his car around in the rain with a damaged front wing that at one point flipped up and was blocking his view, but he kept driving around and it luckily broke off so he didnt get black flagged, and he came in third.

so long ago.

pretty crap photos, but fun to see again as I hadnt seen them for probably 30 years, and fun to see the one shot of Villeneuve oversteering around the hairpin for fun during one of the practice sessions I think.
Would be only 8 months later when he died. And the following Canadian GP in 82 had that horrible start line crash and fire that was sickening to watch.
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Old 3 Mar 2019, 03:36 (Ref:3887917)   #2
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Great photos!
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Old 3 Mar 2019, 04:10 (Ref:3887923)   #3
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Thanks, but I'm very aware that they are mediocre, chain link fence filled shots. Yes, there are more, but these at least give a feeling of the time.

I actually think gp cars from all eras are great looking, well some are less beautiful for sure, but while it's easy to find photos and vids of anything today with a click, it was fun to pull these out and remember being there. I think I even drove my motorcycle a few hours to go to the race.
Main memories are of Villeneuve just driving along with the busted wing, then it sticking up in front of him, and still getting on the podium.
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Old 3 Mar 2019, 07:33 (Ref:3887940)   #4
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Thanks for sharing your memories, djb. Is that de Angelis in the Lotus, who had collided with Villeneuve? One of those marshals looks like he is trying to stop the other from approaching the car. It looks pretty precarious. Any memories of that moment?
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Old 3 Mar 2019, 09:26 (Ref:3887973)   #5
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I remember seeing that very front wing at the Musee Gilles Villeneuve when I went there in 2002
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Old 3 Mar 2019, 12:40 (Ref:3888008)   #6
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Thanks for sharing your memories, djb. Is that de Angelis in the Lotus, who had collided with Villeneuve? One of those marshals looks like he is trying to stop the other from approaching the car. It looks pretty precarious. Any memories of that moment?
You know I don't have any memories. That is the slow right section which is after the present day start line, then as today, folks tangle or lose it on their own under braking and go onto the grass. Think of all the post start incidents we've seen there over the years.
I did look up some YouTube stuff of the tv coverage of the race, but didn't see this spin. But yes, the marshal intersection looks odd, but it could have been simply cuz a car was approaching, who knows.
We'd have to check the helmet designs.

Neat to see John Watson's car, even if out of focus. Nice looking car that McLaren.
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Old 3 Mar 2019, 12:42 (Ref:3888009)   #7
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I remember seeing that very front wing at the Musee Gilles Villeneuve when I went there in 2002
I have only been once, was in the area for a job one day and popped in, couldn't spend too much time though as I had to get back to Montreal and get film developed-so that shows how long ago it was. Probably the 90s.
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Old 3 Mar 2019, 13:09 (Ref:3888013)   #8
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The sliding Ferrari is especially amazing!



Would you upload those photos to Wikimedia Commons with a free licence?


https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Welcome
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Old 3 Mar 2019, 14:03 (Ref:3888019)   #9
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re the Lotus, I'm fairly certain it is Mansell, the arrow design on the helmet appears to match up some searches I found.

and no thanks senor, there are much better photos of cars of this era out there, no need for these ones, and I'm not interested.

but yes, its a good example of Gilles Villeneuve and his style that we all remember fondly.
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I have only been once, was in the area for a job one day and popped in, couldn't spend too much time though as I had to get back to Montreal and get film developed-so that shows how long ago it was. Probably the 90s.


I went there again in 08. Enjoyed both times there
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so much about these photos is awesome. like everyone else, i particularly love the one of gilles having a bit of fun. thank you for posting them!
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so much about these photos is awesome. like everyone else, i particularly love the one of gilles having a bit of fun. thank you for posting them!
thanks previous mobile phone selling and crap old beemer driving gal ;-)

the funny thing of the Gilles oversteering shot, is that as these prints had disappeared eons ago, I always had this shot in my head, and was disappointed it never turned up. I had the moment of taking it, that feeling of getting the shutter release just right as he drifted past us. I remember being aware of positioning myself to be above the fence line, and I clearly remember the people cheering around me.

For sure, these feelings were affected by seeing the "hometown hero" go past, and as the years went by, long after he was killed, I kept this memory clear in my head.....but never found the photo.
I've written on here ages ago how that horrible feeling overcame my best friend and I watching the tv news that day that he died, seeing the replay of the accident and his ragdoll figure flying against that damn catchfencing they used back then.
I guess for me and a lot of people, his death was the first shocking death of someone that we all looked up to, I dont like using the "hero" word, but you know what I mean.

so, to finally find that my dad had squirrelled these prints away, and to finally see the colour image on paper again, that pretty much matches my memory of taking it, was neat.

I've had the opportunity to shoot at a few motorsport events in the past, did a lot of commercial and press work over about 25 years, but this was a nice surprise, because in my head, this really was a lost photo for me.
I also found some photos of me as a teenager that I had never seen (talk about fricken Capitain Dorky Hair, Santa Maria!) and also photos of my dad when he was a lot younger than I am today, which was pretty special also, especially given how he is getting on now and dealing with illness stuff that isnt particularly fun.

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Thanks for posting the pictures, they are so atmospheric and showcase the era.

The fact that they aren't "inside-the-fence" but a fan with their own camera capturing memories, which clearly from your comments have stayed with you, even though the pictures themselves went unseen for years. I feel that alone adds that extra something.

Thanks for sharing your pictures and your memories.
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That's quite subjective as for me they look horrible my favourite cars in design terms was 2003 > 2006
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This forum does not have a like function, and I do not have a lot to add other than to say thanks for sharing. I loved the look of the cars from this era.
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