Tony Gillet

Last updated

Tony Gillet (born 4 September 1945 in Marche, Belgium) [1] is a Belgian former racing driver and founder of the Gillet sports car company.


Racing career

Gillet started racing in 1968 in provincial rallies, at the wheel of a Renault 4. In 1979 and 1980 he won the Belgian hill-climb championship [2] driving a Formula 2 Renault previously driven by Jean-Pierre Jabouille. In the 1980s he built prototype cars for competitions including the Paris-Dakar rally. [3]

Gillet automobiles

Tony Gillet founded Automobiles Gillet in 1991. It released its first car in 1994.

Related Research Articles

Rallying Form of motorsport

Rally is a form of motorsport that takes place on public or private roads with modified production or specially built road-legal cars. It is distinguished by not running on a circuit, but instead in a point-to-point format in which participants and their co-drivers drive between set control points, leaving at regular intervals from one or more start points. Rallies may be won by pure speed within the stages or alternatively by driving to a predetermined ideal journey time within the stages.

Renault French automobile manufacturing company

Groupe Renault is a French multinational automobile manufacturer established in 1899. The company produces a range of cars and vans, and in the past has manufactured trucks, tractors, tanks, buses/coaches, aircraft and aircraft engines, and autorail vehicles.

Automobiles Alpine Racing car manufacturer

The Société des Automobiles Alpine SAS, commonly known as Alpine, is a French manufacturer of racing and sports cars established in 1955. The Alpine car marque was created in 1954. Jean Rédélé, the founder of Alpine, was originally a Dieppe garage proprietor who began to achieve success in motorsport with one of the few French cars that were produced just after the Second World War, the Renault 4CV. The company has been closely related to Renault through its history, and was bought by it in 1973. The Alpine competition department merged into Renault Sport in 1976 and the production of Alpine models ceased in 1995.

Grand Prix motor racing, a form of motorsport competition, has its roots in organised automobile racing that began in France as early as 1894. It quickly evolved from simple road races from one town to the next, to endurance tests for car and driver. Innovation and the drive of competition soon saw speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour (160 km/h), but because early races took place on open roads, accidents occurred frequently, resulting in deaths both of drivers and of spectators.

Renault 9 and 11

The Renault 9 and Renault 11 are small family cars produced by the French manufacturer Renault for model years 1981–1988 in saloon and hatchback configurations — both were styled by the French automobile designer, Robert Opron.

Jean Todt FIA President, UN SGs Special Envoy for Road Safety

Jean Todt is a French former rally driver who went on to become Peugeot Talbot Sport's Director and then Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team principal, before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ferrari from 2004 to 2008.

<i>Michel Vaillant</i>

Michel Vaillant is a French comics series created in 1957 by French cartoonist Jean Graton and published originally by Le Lombard. Later, Graton published the albums by himself when he founded Graton éditeur in 1982. Michel Vaillant is the main character of the eponymous series, a French racing car driver who competes mainly in Formula One.

Renault 5 Turbo

The Renault 5 Turbo or R5 Turbo is a high-performance hatchback automobile launched by the French manufacturer Renault at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1980. The car was primarily designed for rallying, but was also sold in a street version. A total of 4987 R5 Turbos were manufactured during a six-year production run.

Renault Sport Racing and Renault Sport Cars, both commonly known as Renault Sport (RS) or Renaultsport, are the motorsport, performance and special vehicles divisions of Renault. Renault Sport was officially established in 1976 as a merger between the Alpine and Gordini competition departments. Renault Sport Racing organises many Renault-backed one-make championships worldwide and is in charge of Renault group's official involvement in motor racing, including Formula One.

Alpine A310

The Alpine A310 is a sports car built by French manufacturer Alpine, from 1971 to 1985.


Gillet is a Belgian automobile manufacturer, started in 1992 by former racing driver Tony Gillet. The company produces the Vertigo sports coupé, an ultra-lightweight (990 kg) 'bespoke' and hand-built sportscar. The first Vertigo was powered by a Ford Cosworth 2.0-litre 4-in-line, later evolutions are powered by more powerful engines: the 3.0-litre Alfa Romeo V6 engine and the 4.2-litre Ferrari/Maserati V8 in the Vertigo .5.

Jean-Pierre Jaussaud

Jean-Pierre Jaussaud is a French former racing driver, noted for winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978 and 1980.

Vanina Ickx

Vanina Ickx is a Belgian racing driver. was a pan-European digital television channel dedicated to motorsport. It ceased broadcasting in late September 2018 to concentrate on web-streaming only.

Gillet is a Belgian automobile manufacturer.

Guy Chasseuil French racing driver

Guy Chasseuil, born 26 January 1942 in Paris, is a French former racing driver. During his racing career he specialized in rallying and endurance racing.

Charles Montier Racing driver, engineer, and entrepreneur

Charles Pierre Elie Montier was a French racing driver and automotive engineer whose race entries included the inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Yvonne Simon French racing driver

Yvonne Marie Louise Simon was a French racing driver who participated in rallying, circuit races and endurance racing.

Lucy OReilly Schell

Lucy O'Reilly Schell was an American racing driver, team owner, and businesswoman. Her racing endeavours focused mainly on Grand Prix and rallying. She is the first American woman to compete in an international Grand Prix race. She is the first woman to establish her own Grand Prix team.


  1. Oostvogels, Bart. "Zagato Maserati Mostro met Belgische roots". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). TMG Landelijke Media B.V. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  2. "L'histoire de la Course de côte en Belgique". Championnat de Belgique des courses de côte (in French). Royal Automobile Club Belgium. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  3. Fauxbert, Jean. "Tony Gillet - Le magicien des circuits". WAW magazine (in French). Basse-Meuse. Retrieved 15 June 2015.