BERTHIERVILLE — The brothers Jean-François and Louis-Philippe Dumoulin are not ready to retire. Yet, they are already in the museum!
The two pilots were announced on Tuesday in Berthierville, a new partnership with the Gilles-Villeneuve museum. There will now be a segment in honour of the two brothers trifluviens. Collection pieces belonging to their uncle Gerald and their father, Richard, in addition to what has been called “The space Dumoulin”.
This is not the first time that the temple of Gilles opens its doors to other athletes of the sport automobile du Quebec. Guys like Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani and Andrew Ranger have their place. It innovates, however, in reserving an exclusive place for drivers other than those of the clan Villeneuve.
For Louis-Philippe and Jean-François, this agreement for a period of at least one year is symbolic, especially since the section was opened 8 may. It was pointed out, on Tuesday, the 36th anniversary of the death of Gilles Villeneuve. “The history of our family has similarities with that of Gilles, highlights L.-P. It comes from a small countryside house in a village, Saint-Maurice, and it is our father, a very good mechanic, who has dragged us into the race car.”
“We were young when Gilles died, but it was an example of perseverance for the drivers of our generation. It is an honor to be able to put our trophies, our helmets, and one of the team cars in a place as rich in history,” said J.-F.
Dumoulin Competition has approached the director general of the museum, Alain Bellehumeur, in January. The latter was speaking of the expansion project, which is expensive. By rallying the business community of the region of Berthierville, he has good hope of being able to take action. The cost of the construction of a first phase is estimated at 620 000 $. A feasibility study must see the light of day in a few weeks.
“We wish to welcome more corporate groups, but also more cars and not just cars. We have the evidence today with the Dumoulin. We, the clay, or the F1, it is important to us! It is known that the stock was out of favour in Quebec and we always want to offer more visibility to our champions local. In addition, my warehouse is full! It takes me more space to get out of the car and the trophies that a. We need it to give a second breath.”
The Space Dumoulin of the museum of Berthierville account several pieces of collection, including the car of the road circuit used by Louis-Philippe in 2014, the year of his championship of NASCAR Canada. His trophy of the season, which must weigh at least 80 pounds, is also present. He won by Jean-François at Daytona in 2007, appears in the collection, illustrated with photos.
Official Tests Thursday at Mosport
The drivers of the NASCAR Pinty’s will finally have a taste of what’s provided by the season 2018, Thursday at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. All those registered for the championship will be present, including the Dumoulin and Marc-Antoine Camirand.