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The legendary Canadian racing driver Gilles Villeneuve died on 8 May 1982 on the Zolder track in Belgium. Villeneuve had spent six years in Grand Prix racing with Ferrari, winning six races and widespread acclaim for his performances. Although he never obtained a world title, he won hearts all over the world. Wow Gilles! covers the “reckless” life of Gilles Villeneuve through the photographs of Ercole Colombo and texts by Giorgio Terruzzi. The voices of these two exceptional narrators (both were eyewitnesses to the Canadian race driver’s over-the-top life) guide us along a journey that begins in 1977 and ends in 1982. From his F1 debut to his tragic accident in Belgium, this spectacular photo album allows readers to relive the romanticism of the sport that characterized those years, of which Villeneuve was a key player.
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Author: Giorgio Terruzzi
Photographer: Ercole Colombo