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Le Mans 24 Hours

by maestro267 (U12612022) 11 June 2009
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This weekend sees one of the great events in the annual motorsport calendar, the 77th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Anyone watching/attending? Anyone planning to do the full 24 hours?

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posted Jun 14, 2009

Sorry - error in my comment - should have said early 1990s V12 Ferraris; they had flat-12s in the early 1080s, plus, I was a baby back then!

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posted Jun 14, 2009

And, in the early 1080s, there were no cars LOL!

I meant the early 1980s.

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posted Jun 14, 2009

Having been before, I have to agree that this is one of the worlds great sporting spectacles. If thing go on as they are sportscars can only get stronger. Trouble is that when this happens the FIA jumps in and messes things up, witness the end of Group C.

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posted Jun 15, 2009

Fantastic race,congratulations to Peugeot and to David Brabham as one of the drivers of the winning car. The third of his family to win the great race (both father Jack and brother Jeff have won there) as has David himself before,but still a record for one family.Also praise to Lola-Aston Martin,4th and first non diesel car to finish.The class battles throughout the field were exiting and on his first visit to watch his son Leo race Nigel Mansell was so impressed he spoke of a family driven car,imagine three Mansells in a Lola Aston Martin.280,000 spectators there including 75,000 Brits,this surely remains alongside the Indy 500 as the truly greatest race on earth long may it be so.great also to see Patrick Dempsey (Greys Anatomy actor)racing a GT Ferrari,finishing the race and collecting huge sums for children's charity.Come on 2010,maybe a few highlights on BBC as well.Wonderful the get complete 24 hour live coverage on Eurosport,many thanks indeed.

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posted Jun 15, 2009

How much of it did you watch?

I went up to about 0100 (UK) myself. I meant to have a cup of coffee earlier in the evening, but I forgot, and I never intended to do the full 'Up All Night Club' anyway.

Whoever went the whole hog gets their hands on the 'I Did The 24 Hours' medal!

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posted Jun 15, 2009

I did the up all night club. We stuck together on the 24 Heures du Mans thread, and were back at 9am ready with our comments from through the night.

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posted Jun 15, 2009

I did the whole thing too and am still recovering from the excesses of last night with an old mate at the pub.

Great race and hope to be back there next year.

-Expect the Astons to win in 2011 and make a close thing of it in 2010.

Not so sure about the all Mansell idea. I've really gone off daddy Mansell who tends to say all sorts of things to try grabbing the limelight.

But there was also talk of a similar Brundle family effort. Now that is something I'd relish in an Aston, be it in Gulf colours or a sage green...

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posted Jun 15, 2009

Just got back 90 minutes ago. Another epic year at Le Mans.

The highs: fabulous weather (after the last two years were both badly affected), the crowds (238,000 - beat that Glastonbury) and the coverage from Radio Le Mans.

The low: To see the Corvette cross the winning line in the GT1 in the knowledge it won't be back - there'll be a watered down version in GT2 instead.

If you've never been, I recommmend it.

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posted Jun 15, 2009

I too did the "Up all night". Had Eurosport on the TV, Radio Le Mans on the PC along with the ACO's live timing screen.

Great to see Audi will be back in 2010. Have already submitted my request for my Aire d'accuil from the ACO.

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posted Jun 16, 2009

Hi there,

F1, rubbish, when will the FIA realize Le Mans is the most prestigious motor racing event on the calender.
Can't go next year, moving house,what a wonderful event to look forward to, with a bit of luck the one who must be obeyed will go off the idea.

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