Villeneuve and the summer of '79

Villeneuve and the summer of '79

Villeneuve's heroics inspired a generation of F1 fans, among them Tony Dodgins - who recalls how his encounters with Gilles at 1979 grands prix defined the course of his life

Certain things in your life have a defining influence, and for me it was the summer of '79 and Gilles Villeneuve.

My father had once said, only half-jokingly, "You argue quite a lot, so why not do it professionally?" I enjoyed court-room dramas in any case, and so the thinking for my career was the law.

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?


from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just