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Old 11 Jun 2017, 18:07 (Ref:3740303)   #16
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Barthez and Hoy count IMO. I know nothing about football or cycling (can't stand either of them), but I know these names. That makes them pretty famous. Almost house-hold names.
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Old 11 Jun 2017, 18:11 (Ref:3740305)   #17
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You've named 4 of the 6 I thought of (Newman, Dempsey, Hoy, Barthez) thanks for naming more I've missed.
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Old 12 Jun 2017, 01:39 (Ref:3740373)   #18
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What about adventurer Steve Fossett (first person to fly solo non stop around the world in a balloon), Paul Belmondo (lover of Princess Stephane of Monaco) or Mark Thatcher (son of the British Prime Minister) ?

I thought there were also some French actors who had driven at Le Mans, but not being French I don't know who they were.
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Old 12 Jun 2017, 04:15 (Ref:3740401)   #19
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What about adventurer Steve Fossett (first person to fly solo non stop around the world in a balloon), Paul Belmondo (lover of Princess Stephane of Monaco) or Mark Thatcher (son of the British Prime Minister) ?

I thought there were also some French actors who had driven at Le Mans, but not being French I don't know who they were.
Paul Belmondo is more known as being the French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo's son.
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French actor, Jean-Louis Trintignant (Porsche 935 K3 Malardeau, 1980)
Pink Floyd's drummer, Nick Mason (Lola 2l, end of 70's)
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Old 12 Jun 2017, 04:48 (Ref:3740403)   #20
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Old 12 Jun 2017, 12:36 (Ref:3740501)   #21
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Did Slim Borgudd ever tackle Le Mans? I know he made a dozen or so F1 starts
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Old 12 Jun 2017, 13:41 (Ref:3740516)   #23
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Going back a long way George Duller raced at LM in 1925/6/7 for Sunbeam & Bentley but retired on each occasion.
Prior to that he had been a successful flat and hurdle jockey in England - he was champion jockey in 1918 and rode in the Grand National and was later a successful trainer
I don't whether Sir Anthony McCoy fancies sports car racing although I believe Richard Dunwoody did try a career in motor racing after he retired from jump racing
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Also there's David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of Ruby on Rails.
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good trivia on DSC is that the JMW Ferrari was bought as a GT3 car then converted to GTE, as that's cheaper:

As previously noted the new JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488 GTE is actually an upgraded 488 GT3.

The car is though brand new:

ďItís actually cheaper to buy a GT3 car and upgrade it than to buy the car as a 488 GTE. In addition you therefore also have the GT3 kit to convert it back if that is commercially beneficial.Ē
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That's some funky maths by Ferrari. Are they just adding a huge chunk of money onto the base GTE price then? Or are you actually getting less by converting a GT3 to GTE?
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Well done, the last two I was thinking of was Thatcher and Mason.
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It seems a few Le Mans drivers and team owners have faced criminal charges and spent time in prison. How many can you name ?

Here's a few to get you started with their charges :

Don & Bill Whittington (Owners and drivers of the winning Porsche in 1979) : Drug Smuggling
Randy Lanier (Driver in T-Bird Racing Ferrari in 1982) : Drug Smuggling
Bertrand Gachot (Driver from 1990 -1997) : Assault
Rohan Skea (Owner of Skea Racing International Porsche in 2000) : Fraud
Scott Tucker (Owner of Level 5 Motorsport from 2011 -2013) : Fraud
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I don't know if that counts, but Jaime Melo Jr spent a few hours in jail.
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Old 14 Jun 2017, 04:16 (Ref:3741072)   #30
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Jon Field was sentenced but not really clear from what I can find as to how much time he actually served.

And I guess JJ Lehto escaped hard time.
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