Remember back to when you were a kid. To our simple young minds, everything that dad did seemed extraordinary, from cleaning the gutters on a tall ladder to fixing the car with two wrenches and a handkerchief. Dad was a superhero. But as one lucky son grew up, his dad continued to live up to the hype.
Meet Jacques Couture – father, racing driver, and founder of the Jim Russell Racing School at Mont Tremblant, Quebec, famous for being North America’s first-ever racing school. In a striking tribute, Couture’s son uploaded a series of iconic shots of his race-ready dad to imgur, which you can view below.
Couture began his professional racing career in the late ‘50s, taking to the wheel in Formula B cars before racking up numerous victories and championships in other divisions, including his win of the 1971 Canadian Driving Championship.
Though the life of a championship-winning driver is incredible in its own right, Couture’s fame extends well beyond his own achievements. For more than 30 years, Couture has instructed thousands of up-and-coming drivers – teaching them how race, win, and become one with the car. From weekend enthusiasts to future championship winners, Couture has coached them all, including Casey Mears, Al Unser Jr., and – unbelievably –both Gilles and Jacques Villeneuve.
His motto? “The impossible we do everyday, miracles take just a little longer.” Couture currently lives in Sonoma, California, and manages the daily operations and amateur racing series at nearby Sears Point Raceway.
In 2001, Couture was honored in the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in recognition of his life-long contributions to the world of motor racing. You can read an insightful “I Am A” interview with Jacques Couture on Reddit at the following link.