Louis Desjardins – Montreal, QC


Born on October 23, 1942 in Montreal, Louis Desjardins always had racing in his blood.

At 16-years-old, he was racing go-karts and winning championships. At 18-years-old, he watched races at an aviation launch pad in Longueuil, the birthplace of drag racing in Quebec. In 1967, he bought his first car—an 1949 Oldsmobile purchased for $600 in Albany New York—and began racing in Napierville.

In 1972, Louis Desjardins won the Grand Molson National with a 1969 Chevrolet in SS/PA. He was the first Quebecer to win Nationals for the NHRA. In 1974, he was the runner-up in SS/LA among 1,300 cars at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis with his 1969 Camaro. He won a total of nine trophies with this car. In 1988, he finished fifth in the world in all around points with his 1982 Firebird, setting the record for his class SS/GTC. In the same year, he won the Points Meet in Englishtown New Jersey, one of the toughest places to race.

Louis Desjardins sold his car and retired from racing in 1999. He is still very involved in drag racing, frequently going to races and spending time with his friends in the industry.

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  • Like!! Great article post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

  • Hi Louis.its Linda Harsca…Joe Harsca ‘s daughter hope all is good with you…everything here is fine…I would like to ask you a question if you can call me at 514-962-7740. Take care and hoping to hear from you.

  • Hi Louis….this is Linda Harsca writing to you. When we spoke about 1 1/2 years ago I mentioned to you that we were storing at John Scotti’s garage for the winter our 1968 Grande Parisienne. You had told me if we would ever decide to sell it to let you know. Well we have decided to sell it. Are you still interested? 514-962-7740. Thank you.


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