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Old 15 Jun 2009, 22:25 (Ref:2484066)   #1
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Circuit lights power cut

I remember RLM mentioning that the circuit lights had failed at Indianapolis/Arnage. Does any one remember this? For obvious reasons they didn't show this on the telly.

Was anyone there when it happened? I wished I was so I could experience those corners in the proper dark again.
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Old 15 Jun 2009, 23:24 (Ref:2484105)   #2
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I was taking pictures at that corner, there were two lights at Indianapolis and a string of them at Arnage corner. I'm not sure if this was less or more than normal as i'd never been out there shooting before. Pics look good though, one of the lights looks just like the moon sitting in the trees. I'll post it on the photography forum sometime in the next week or son.
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Old 16 Jun 2009, 09:38 (Ref:2484297)   #3
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I was on duty at 106 (the post 1/2 way between Arnage and Porsche Curves) and it was just like the old days.
Wonderful. As you say, Proper Dark, if just for those 20 minutes or so.
Sadly they put the lights in for race control's benefit, without floodlights, no CCTV coverage. And I think there was even more at Arnage than previously

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Old 16 Jun 2009, 11:17 (Ref:2484366)   #4
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I was watching at Arnage when the lights went out and as Bodysnatcher says, it was like the good old days. A blast of noise and light from Indianapolis, headlights lighting up Arnage corner and then off they blasted leaving us in darkness. Much more evocative and atmospheric, particularly nice for the two people with me who had never seen Arnage without the lights.

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Old 16 Jun 2009, 18:01 (Ref:2484622)   #5
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Old 16 Jun 2009, 20:09 (Ref:2484695)   #7
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Brings tears to my eye thinking about what "progress" has taken from us..brilliant piece of video
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There were frequent power cuts in the ACO enclosure, too.

Apparently, the sun has been giving off unusual amounts of solar energy resulting in power cuts - recently, I've experienced power cuts in supermarkets and at the dentist's.
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Old 16 Jun 2009, 22:38 (Ref:2484846)   #9
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That should have been scary as hell for the drivers... to have all your reference points gone in a blink.
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Amazing how that first car didn't swirve or twitch, especially since it was just about to turn into the curve when the lights went out.
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Amazing how that first car didn't swirve or twitch, especially since it was just about to turn into the curve when the lights went out.
May have helped that it was a works Peugeot. Would not like to know what might have happened if some inexperienced gentleman in a proto had been in that position!
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That should have been scary as hell for the drivers... to have all your reference points gone in a blink.
I think Marco Werner told something similar about his last fast lap in Qualifying where in places lights were already off indeed
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Was with AllonFS at the time and it went eerily quiet for a split second before the thunderous noise piled through in front of us. A great few minutes although not for one of the drivers in the previous footage who so nearly lost it. Great footage!
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and me. Here is one of my videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG_Qn68Zqm0
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