Gilles Villeneuve in 1979

Gilles Villeneuve is one of the more compelling Formula 1 drivers that the sport has seen, he started out as a snowmobile racer in Quebec and using nothing but raw talent, managed to climb his way right up into a drive with Ferrari in the F1 World Championship.

Villeneuve was famous for being able to take a car by the scruff of its neck and wring out an impressive lap time (as he’s doing in the image above) by the time of his tragic death in 1982 he had become one of the most popular drivers the sport had ever seen.

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Ben Branch has had his work featured on CNN, Popular Mechanics, the official Smithsonian Magazine, Road & Track Magazine, the official Pinterest blog, the official eBay Motors blog, BuzzFeed, and many more.

Silodrome was founded by Ben back in 2010, in the years since the site has grown to become a world leader in the alternative and vintage motoring sector, with millions of readers around the world and hundreds of thousands of followers on social media.

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