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Old 7 Oct 2013, 01:32 (Ref:3313905)   #1
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The Best Petit Le Mans

This one is tough. Which Petit Le Mans was/is the best? The first, the last or about 6 or 7 of them in the middle? To get things started, I will say the 2008 Petit Le Mans was the pinnacle.

Everyone was there both big and small. And then the economic bottom dropped out internationally and the PLM changed.

Here's the website we did for the 2008 Petit Le Mans...

http://www.lasersol.com/CyberMotor/p...2008_tues.html

Which one was your favorite?
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Old 7 Oct 2013, 01:35 (Ref:3313906)   #2
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1999 When the BMW spun at the end giving the overall win to the new open top Panoz.
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Old 7 Oct 2013, 01:41 (Ref:3313907)   #3
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The first sportscar race I went to, 2005.
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Old 7 Oct 2013, 01:52 (Ref:3313909)   #4
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1999 When the BMW spun at the end giving the overall win to the new open top Panoz.
I was standing next to JJ expecting to see the victor erupt into celebration with a win. Seconds after this photo, the spin into the gravel traps occurred.



The last lap spin out of first place in 1999 allowed Panoz a victory on his home track at Road Atlanta in the event, the Petit Le Mans, that he had created. Here's a photo of a very happy Don Panoz hugging David Brabham upon the win...



The full 1999 PLM as covered by Cyber Motorsports...

http://www.lasersol.com/CyberMotor/plm_1999/index.htm

One vote for 2008 and one for 1999.
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Old 7 Oct 2013, 01:57 (Ref:3313911)   #5
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2008, it was the race that made me a hardcore sports car fan.

2011 as well because it was the first one I attended.

2013 because it is the next one.
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Old 7 Oct 2013, 02:05 (Ref:3313915)   #6
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Never been there but 2008 and 2011 for grid size and quality.both were great races.
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2000 for me. It was my first sports car race. I thought Bill Auberlen was going to land on top of me and I ended up with an end plate from the wing which Bill signed for me.
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2008 was my first one. Hell of a time to be making my first trip to a race as a spectator(I went to Grand Am VIR earlier that year as an FSAE participant. Had to leave before qualifying because Finals were the next week.). Only other one I've been to was 2010
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hard for me to say which was the best. I've been going since the 1st PLM. Haven't missed one yet.
There are some cars I really miss though:
BMW LMR v12
Caddy LMP900
PTG ///M3's
Konrad S7's
Tool Time Mustangs
panos LMP
ferrari 550 maranello
pilbeam lmp 675 cars
i recall seeing a callaway c-12r in the early 2000's
there are more, but i'm tired
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MC-12, S7 R, the Astons, the 911 GT2 evos. I'll never forget watching the turbos glowing as they went up the esses. The Vipers and C6-Rs. Hell. GT-1 as a whole!
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Old 7 Oct 2013, 05:19 (Ref:3313958)   #11
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2008 and 2011, both had amazing entries. Missing it this year for the first time since 2006. End of an era.
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2003 for me , as I was there . Panoz P1 , Joest , Audi GB , Audi NA , Bentley , R&S , Dallara , Saleen , Judd 3.5L V10 , MG , Ford V8 ..... good weather ..... good sounds ..... good time .

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Easy for me!

1998 - watching the first one on satellite TV and being instantly hooked as an extension to my love of LM24.

2010 - being there to flag turn 7 for the first time.

2011 - being there to flag turn 7 for the second time!

2013 - being there to flag turn 7 for the third time, and to say goodbye to ALMS.
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2000 for me. It was my first sports car race. I thought Bill Auberlen was going to land on top of me and I ended up with an end plate from the wing which Bill signed for me.
TR, I always thought this was a bit humorous on the grid for the 2000 PLM. Gabriele Rafanelli appears to be saying to Auberlen, "Bill, when you come over that rise in the back straight, especially, when you are following my car, make sure your nose is pointed downwards!"


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2008 and 2011, both had amazing entries. Missing it this year for the first time since 2006. End of an era.
I agree, 2011 was probably the pinnacle for the factory involvement with Audi and Peugeot battling at Peugeot's prime before exiting.





A favorite photo of mine from 2011 is Capello practicing his exits from the R18 during driver exchange practice.

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