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High-Speed Thrills and a Race Against Time: Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve


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The stopwatch is ticking. The race is on

Sir Jackie Stewart OBE

For heart-stopping thrills, it’s hard to beat the Canadian Grand Prix street circuit. Blistering speed, top-drawer expertise, and a history that is as rich as it is riveting – a cocktail that ensures every race is an adrenaline-charged spectacle at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Now let’s throw two F1 legends into the mix: Sir Jackie Stewart, three-times world champion and safety advocate, alongside the boldly skilled Gilles Villeneuve, commemorated by the circuit’s name.

 “His car control was extraordinary, even compared with the many talented drivers I’ve had the opportunity to drive against over the years … [He drove a] Grand Prix car to the absolute limit of its ability.” ~ Sir Jackie Stewart OBE

The Montreal-based Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, known for its fast straights and complex chicanes, has hosted numerous memorable F1 moments. The Canadian Grand Prix’s spirit is inseparable from Gilles Villeneuve, whose audacious racing style, despite only six victories, significantly influenced the sport.

Sir Jackie’s influence on the Canadian Grand Prix and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve extends beyond his close friendship with Gilles, highlighted by his tireless advocacy for driver safety. The circuit’s ‘Wall of Champions’ is a stark reminder of the fine line between thrilling high-speed racing and safety.

Today, Sir Jackie Stewart champions another cause: the fight against dementia. Inspired by his wife, Lady Stewart’s diagnosis, he founded Race Against Dementia, applying the same urgency and innovation from F1 to dementia research.

Much like the sheer determination of the racers, each trying to secure victory, lap after lap, our fundraising efforts mirror this endurance and single-mindedness.

Our fundraisers persistently drive towards the goal of supporting dementia research, fuelled by a cause as paramount as the Grand Prix itself.

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“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who chooses to donate”

Each pound, dollar and euro raised accelerates the journey towards dementia breakthroughs, aligning with the adrenaline-charged endeavour on the racetrack, sharing the same mission – to win the race.

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who chooses to donate and to those who take on challenges and fundraise for Race Against Dementia. If you are keen to get involved, you can get in touch with us at fundraising@raceagainstdementia.com – we can’t wait to hear from you!” ~ Sophie Maggs, Race Against Dementia Fundraising Manager

So, as we rev up for the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix, we are not simply preparing for another race. We are also rallying for an equally significant race – the race against dementia.

Every engine roar, daring overtake, and sprint to the flag symbolises the global pursuit by our Race Against Dementia Fellows and fundraisers to conquer dementia.

To support Race Against Dementia, you can bid for the Ferrari Trento podium bottle signed by the top three drivers at the Canadian Grand Prix. You can also join our race here and sign up to our latest updates. Canadian citizens can support Race Against Dementia’s work by visiting the CAF Canada website here and choosing Race Against Dementia from the list of Project Partners.

Featured image: Gilles Villeneuve (CDN) Ferrari, who won his maiden GP, is interviewed by Jackie Stewart (GBR) before heading to the podium. Canadian Grand Prix, Rd 16, Montreal, Canada, 8 October 1978. Image courtesy of Motorsport Images.

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Dementia impacts memory, thinking and behaviour and includes several types of cognitive decline, such as Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia.


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