The Rothmans Trophy was created by Tullio Abbate who invited Gilles Villeneuve, Didier Pironi, Riccardo Patrese, Bruno Giacomelli, Beppi Gabbiani, Jean-Pierre Jarier, Marc Surer and Eddie Cheever to take part in a powerboat race on Lake Como before the 1981 Italian GP. Team Tullio Abbate provided boats for each driver and the Grand Hotel Villa D’este was the base for the event. This video tells the story of the event with driver interviews and race action!
"It was a marvellous occasion. You could feel the real mood of a Grand Prix in the air. Gilles raced with the same enthusiasm and dedication we enjoyed from Formula 1. He won and it created a fantastic atmosphere. There were thousands of spectators around the circuit on the shore and in boats and I am sure they still talk about this Rothmans Trophy race even today!"