Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"Canadian Motorcycle Racing Legend" Yvon DuHamel Born - October 17, 1939

October 17, 1939
Yvon DuHamel
(Photo:Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame)
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
World Champion Snowmobile racer and Canadian Motorcycle racing legend, Yvon is the father of former AMA Superbike road racer Miguel Duhamel. Yvon won the World Championship Snowmobile Derby in 1970. He carried the No. 1 plate in every form of motorcycle racing in Canada from dirt track to road racing – in most cases, a number of times. Five times, he won the White Trophy, the highest award in Canadian motorcycle racing. He won the 250 cc Daytona Classic in 1969, won a World Championship race at Assen, Holland, in 1974, and the Grand Prix of Canada in 1981. He was also a very active ice racer, using hockey shin pads to allow him to lean over farther, scraping his knee on the ice rather than merely sliding his foot as did speedway racers.

Duhamel is best remembered as a member of the Kawasaki factory racing team during the 1970s along with team-mates Gary Nixon and Art Baumann. He made famous the #17 on the neon green factory Kawasaki, a number now honoured by his son Miguel.

Following in the footsteps of motorcycle legends Joe Weatherly and Paul Goldsmith, Duhamel raced a NASCAR Winston Cup race at the North Wilkesboro Speedway in 1973, finishing tenth for Junie Donlavey in the #90 Truxmore Ford after starting 15th, completing 381 laps of the 400-lap Gwyn Staley 400.

Never officially retired, Duhamel raced the 24-Hour World Championship in 1988 with his sons Miguel and Mario and continues to race in the Vintage series to this day. 

Yvon was inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in 1988, both the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame  and the Panthéon des Sports du Québec in 2007. 

Canadian Motorcycle Racers: 
Miguel Duhamel, Jake Derosier, Blair Morgan, Malcolm Smith, Yvon Duhamel, Dusty Klatt, Nick May, Michelle Duff 
Print on Demand (Paperback) – Sep 15 2010
by LLC Books (Creator, Editor)

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