Images - Allan de la Plante DTM

Photographer, author, keynote speaker

Along the Way


This audio link is a recent interview with a radio station from Washington DC.  Their link is  They boast the largest market share in racing.

Allan de la Plante has won many accolades for his photography of people of action. In 1970, he began taking portraits of sports personalities, 

especially those in the world of automobile racing. In 1974, he covered the Russia-Canada hockey series for the National Sport and Recreation 

Center. Between 1974 and 1976, commissioned by the Bank of Montreal, he created the First Canadian Gallery of Athletes, a collection of 

portraits of Canada's top athletes of the time.  In 1976 he was the official Canadian and COJO Photographer at the Montreal Olympic Games.

While de la Plante's summers were spent capturing automobile racing, his winters were spent covering the exciting world of downhill racing during 

the era of the Crazy Canucks.

1978 saw the release of his first book, Ski Free, with World Freestyle Champion, Greg Athans.  Long before then, de la Plante and a fiery young

racing driver by the name of Gilles Villeneuve had joined forces and begun work on a book on Grand Prix racing. De la Plante had begun 

recording Villeneuve's meteoric rise from Formula Atlantic to the ultimate, Formula One. In the fall of 1982, after the untimely death of 

Villeneuve, he released Villeneuve, a photographic essay on his friend's racing life.

1983 saw the release of de la Plante's third book, The Complete Gas Bar-B-Q Cookbook with Joanne Bennett.

Book number four came in 1984 in the form of the official book on the Canadian tour of Pope John Paul II. 


Flame of Courage was released to great acclaim in 1993. The book on the Canadian firefighter has been hailed as the definitive book on fire fighting in Canada.

With the introduction of CD-ROM into the publishing industry, the rebirth of 'Villeneuve' as 'Villeneuve a Racing Legend' became a subject very dear to de la Plante. This book, coupled with its fully-interactive 

CD-ROM, became 'the' book on Villeneuve.  In 1996 it won the bronze medal in the New Media Invision Awards, a world-wide competition in the publishing industry.

De la Plante's work is recognized by the Canadian Government when Canada Post selected his photographs to be the base in the design of two commemorative stamps in memory of 

Gilles Villeneuve. The stamps were released in June 12, 1997.

De la Plante's next project saw the release of Malibu, Young Life's pictoral history of their beautiful children's camp on the Princess Lousia Inlet north of Vancouver, British Columbia. It 

was released in 2002. 


Bowen Reflections was released in 2004 to great reviews.  This David O'Malley design beautifully tells the story of Bowen Island from the 1850's to the mid-sixties.

While living on inspiring Bowen Island, de la Plante completed two novels, both of which have recently been turned into screenplays.  

In late 2013 Villeneuve A Racing Legend was released as an ebook on  Also released on is 'Heffer's Secret a critically acclaimed novel with the pace of a Formula One car!

As a member of Toastmasters International at the highest educational level, de la Plante has delighted his audiences with his candor, humour and his life stories.  He has drawn the spotlight 

many times throughout Canada and Asia.  He lives with his family in Burnaby, British Columbia.