A 'chance' meeting with Didier Pironi

A 'chance' meeting with Didier Pironi

AUTOSPORT's look back at 1982 in this week's magazine and on the website, led Tony Dodgins to recall meeting Didier Pironi in St Tropez and a series of events in which, as ever with him, truth is stranger than fiction…

The 23rd of this month marks the 25th anniversary of Didier Pironi's death in the Needles Powerboat race off the Isle of Wight coast. That, and the occasion of AUTOSPORT's look back at the amazing 1982 season, brought to mind a memorable 'working' trip.

A few weeks back I wrote about reporting the 1986 Monaco F3 race. Long-time friend Mark Gallagher, formerly of Jordan and Cosworth and now sharing commentary duties with Karun Chandhok for ESPN Star Sports, was reporting at Pau the following weekend. We'd decided to take a busman's holiday and see some of those French Riviera places we'd only read about, on the way.

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