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Postby General Jumbo01 » Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:53 pm

Just channel scanning and stumbled across the start of this year's LeMans 24hrs. No big 'Vettes rumbling around this year but still a good spread of top prototypes and GTs to watch. Less than an hour in and they are righting them off already! Take your time lads ;)
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Postby FredtheFrench » Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:02 pm

The decoration of officials Aston Martin is very beautiful. I am just to 150kms from Le Mans and I can' t go. So sad to see this race without public...

In France the race is retransmitted on tv only fews hours if you don' t have Eurosport. Pathetic.

A link if you are interested with differents cameras ( pitlane, speaker, box, paddock etc...), with live comments, but not the race.... >:<
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Postby FredtheFrench » Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:35 pm

24 hours of Le Mans is my other passion. First time when I was 1 or 2 years old begin of eighties ( off course, I don' t remember :haha: ). Second time 1994 with first time the Viper!!! The first time completely 24 hours on circuit, 1999 with the Toyota GT ONE. My regret, don' t have seen 1998...

Every year, except 4 or 5 times since 1999, I have always going to this race.

My youngest son with 2 Aston Martin from my collection of about 80 90 models. As you can see (models and tee shirt), I have a weakness for Aston. And I think, there will have a new next year... Sorry for chocolate on tee shirt. :D :D


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Postby 971wright » Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:53 pm

It will be a totally different race, they are used to racing the weekend of the longest day, this weekend its almost 12 hours of night driving.
Used to live in Brionne and loads of cars going to the race came passed .

regards pete

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Postby Ad Lav » Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:53 pm

Funnily enough I watched Le Mans 66 with Matt Damon and Christian Bale the other night, cracking film, well worth a watch!

I do like the new Astons.

Don’t think an American car has won since the GT40 in the sixties...
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Postby FredtheFrench » Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:19 pm

Several times, Corvette............................ in GT class.
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Postby Ad Lav » Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:20 pm

FredtheFrench wrote:Several times, Corvette............................ in GT class.


Not what the film credits said :)

Classes seem to have been added!
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Postby FredtheFrench » Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:42 pm

Effectively, to the general, no american car since Ford in 1969.
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Postby Ad Lav » Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:46 pm

FredtheFrench wrote:Effectively, to the general, no american car since Ford in 1969.


That’s what they must have meant :)

Thanks Fred!
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Postby General Jumbo01 » Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:14 pm

So what's keeping the Corvette out of the race this year? Shortsighted regulation changes? There's nothing quite like standing opposite the pits and listening to a huge V8 thundering down the Mulsane. Keeps you awake at 4am! Missing it.. :(
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Postby Zapper » Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:23 pm

I'm a big fan of sportscar racing and Le Mans, I have a big softspot for the Group C era and have 30 odd slot cars of them even though I don't have a track. This year's Le Mans is a little stunted though as we are in transition from LMP1 to Hypercar formats and that Toyota are the only top tier factory effort. Still LMP2 and GT are still very strong and competitive.

Corvette are not present this year due to Corona Virus restrictions (quarantine etc) as they are focusing on the IMSA championship. Ford are the only American manufacturer to win outright, but Corvette, Dodge and Ford have had class wins since the GT40s.

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Postby FredtheFrench » Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:43 pm

What an idiot. You re right, I forgot Ford and Dodge, winners in gt class.

Viper with team Oreca........ :thumbup:
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:34 pm

Zapper wrote:I'm a big fan of sportscar racing and Le Mans, I have a big softspot for the Group C era and have 30 odd slot cars of them even though I don't have a track.

Same here, love the old Group C cars, and I've quite a few slot cars of them myself :thumbup:
As I have CAN-AM, after seeing them at Silverstone back in the very early 1970 's.
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Postby jarndice » Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:01 pm

I always wanted to see the Porsche 917 racing but service commitments prevented me from attending Le Mans. :thumbdown:
I finally got an invitation along with a friend to watch the last race of the Porsche 917 Long Tail from the pits at the Nurburgring, :thumbup:
What a weekend :crazy:
The village was a total lunatic asylum :clap:
A memory that will live with me forever was sitting in a Ferrari Dino on the parade lap.
A lot of 12 year old Scotch was enjoyed with many very good friends at the end of the race :thumbup: ,
We did not win but it really did not matter. :haha:
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Postby Zapper » Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:22 pm

Son of a gun-ner wrote:
Zapper wrote:I'm a big fan of sportscar racing and Le Mans, I have a big softspot for the Group C era and have 30 odd slot cars of them even though I don't have a track.

Same here, love the old Group C cars, and I've quite a few slot cars of them myself :thumbup:
As I have CAN-AM, after seeing them at Silverstone back in the very early 1970 's.


An old pic but you get the idea:

ImageJags Jags Jags by Big Zapper, on Flickr

There's also quite a few Group C cars on my photostream too if you are interested.

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:56 pm

Thank you Mr Zapper, I'll have a look :thumbup:

Dare I say I'm not a huge Jaguar fan, but I do have the Silk Cut and Castrol ones :D

Oops, and an original D Type.
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Postby FredtheFrench » Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:01 pm

Nice collection. :thumbup:
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:05 pm

FredtheFrench wrote:Nice collection. :thumbup:

Fred, this may please you. One of my favourite slot cars is a Venturi 400 LM :thumbup:

And back on the off topic topic. . . .
Every year I've remembered about the LeMans, I haven't been able to go because of work or other commitments, but this year. . . . :(
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Postby FredtheFrench » Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:44 am

In Nineties, Venturi was named the French Ferrari...

Beautiful car.
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Postby Estnische » Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:15 am

FredtheFrench wrote:24 hours of Le Mans is my other passion.


Me too. I have a Le Mans slot car collection - most of the winning cars from 1949 to 1999, plus some scenery.

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Last year when we travelled to Paris, I made my wife and daughter make a day trip to the town so I could visit the 24 Hours museum. The taxi driver did not speak English, but I had practiced asking to be taken there in my extremely limited French!
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