Juan Duhamel, known for his exploits on both snowmobiles and motorcycles, died earlier this week at the age of 81.
Duhamel gained international fame when he entered the Pantheon des Sport du Quebec in 2007. He passed on his passion for racing to his two sons, Miguel and Mario, who were at their peak.
“I have no special memory to quote, there are so many more. He taught me all about racing, mechanics, surpassing himself. He was always there to help my brother Miguel and me. Not to mention my sister Gina. He is a legend, he will never forget,” Mario Duhamel testified, according to comments reported by the web magazine Moto Journal.
His father was not named, and he was inducted into the American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame in 1999 in Ohio.
Yvonne Duhamel’s passion for racing allowed him to travel the planet, gaining success in Daytona and Indianapolis. Originally from Yamaha, he was an important motorcycle racer for Kawasaki in the 1970s.
In 1988, when he was in his fifties, Duhamel had a great experience with his two sons in France, then participated in the famous Paul Record Circuit 24 Hour Castlelet.
Closer to home, Duhamel was recognized for his talent in snowmobiles. A circuit in Walcourt in the Eastern Township has been named after him since 1992. And if the goal is to pay tribute to his talent, it will honor his memory.