Vintage race cars tear up the track at Circuit Mont-Tremblant

The Laurentian Mountains an hour north of Montreal are known for their world-class ski runs, quaint villages and luxury homes surrounding the countless lakes. For the past 50 years it has also been the scene of world-class motor racing on the venerable Circuit Mont-Tremblant, a serpentine ribbon of asphalt that follows the rise and fall of the topography.

Constructed in two phases, the 2.5-mile (4.02 kilometres) long track held its first races in 1964 and played host to the Canadian Grand prix for several years. The facilities fell into disrepair in the 1980s but was rescued from destruction by Montreal businessman Lawrence Stroll, who purchased the site and invested more than $20 million to upgrade the track and safety features to FIA standards.

Since then, the popular track has held several events each year including vintage race cars under the Sommets des Legendes banner. In July 2014, nearly 100 historic race cars, including 13 Formula 1 entries, were reliving their glory days on the technically challenging course. Over the three days, participants tested their skills and enjoyed one of the most scenic racing facilities.

Cars of particular note were Janet McNeil’s unrestored 1962 Ferrari GTO SWB, Bud Moeller’s 1975 Ferrari 312 T5 raced by the legendary Gilles Villeneuve, and Herb Wetanson’s 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Zagato with a polished aluminum alloy body.

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