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LE MANS CLASSIC
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Mike Bell
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The bi-annual extravaganza. Expensive but unique. Includes Group C race in 2018.
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Old 12 Jul 2018, 11:02 (Ref:3836273)   #196
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My first time at LMC too; had Houx motorhome and paddock tickets as had pals in Jaguar race and Plateau 3. Worked out when to watch races, when to walk paddocks and when to sleep by looking at the event timetable on the website well before we left these shores. What could be simpler?
Glorious weather, glorious sights and sounds, brilliant weekend.
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As a photographer I love the Le Mans Classic atmosphere, but what with the heat and timetable, its a tough event for everyone, drivers, teams, marshals, photographers and spectators alike. Personally I treat it like any endurance event, forward plan, stay in a budget, but air conditioned hotel away from the track, eat proper meals also away from the circuit and get a decent sleep. I would never camp, I tried it once. Witnessing historic racing twenty-four hours is a rare experience as is watching so many unusual rare cars in action, it doesn't matter that some are slow. Also, the familiar track layout and its immediate memorable surroundings are fast changing,let's enjoy it while we can. Images copyright www.retro-speed.co.uk
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Old 12 Jul 2018, 17:39 (Ref:3836337)   #198
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As a photographer I love the Le Mans Classic atmosphere, but what with the heat and timetable, its a tough event for everyone, drivers, teams, marshals, photographers and spectators alike. Personally I treat it like any endurance event, forward plan, stay in a budget, but air conditioned hotel away from the track, eat proper meals also away from the circuit and get a decent sleep. I would never camp, I tried it once. Witnessing historic racing twenty-four hours is a rare experience as is watching so many unusual rare cars in action, it doesn't matter that some are slow. Also, the familiar track layout and its immediate memorable surroundings are fast changing,let's enjoy it while we can. Images copyright www.retro-speed.co.uk
Well put, Peter! As for camping (in Houx), this year it included such delights as a lake under my small awning after Wednesday night rain, then two selfish individuals parking the vehicles on our power cables, so when the particular distribution box failed we couldn’t move to another until we found one owner and dug the cable out from under the tyre of another vehicle (Porsche Cayenne....). Then on Sunday another participant drove his converted coach so close to the new distribution box he crushed the adapator on my cable! So a hasty repair to get cool box working again. Oh, and best experience of all- at 0245 Monday morning, being wakened by the noise of someone attempting to climb into the front of my van. Turned out to be so drunk that when I hurled abuse at him, he couldn’t even reply. And as for the entrance end loos- don’t even go there.... Literally.

Am sure if I return in 2020 it will be to Houx, and nothing will have changed.
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Old 12 Jul 2018, 18:48 (Ref:3836354)   #199
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Ha OK, fine, I do understand now! I got two phone calls by PA. They were asking for help to define the perfect 2020 spectator profile. First call was rather friendly with a tough accent, familiar but not vulgar. So I sent a mail like this:
male,
living on an island,
either long legs or short pants,
likes electric cars but can't plug a wire,
hates Cayennes,
drinks hot beer and eats warm sandwiches,
likes to talk with drunk people at 2 in the morning, in the shade of a Merc',
can live without going to the john - not without any consequence, pls check -,
likes to wander in the landscape shouting houx-houx-houx,
likes to make camping in a bath tub,
under considers so much LMC drivers that he wants to drive himself.
That's it. The key of a new success.
Only ten minutes later, I got the second phone call. The accent was vulgar and rough when saying: "C'on, Jeremy Clarkson, we no ya, you only want Grange Lovers! But we no cars here, ya no… Put me through our GG right now!"
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Old 16 Jul 2018, 10:55 (Ref:3836910)   #200
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I was catching up on reading last Wednesday’s Classic Car Weekly, and there’s a great photo of the Plateau 1 Le Mans start. Michael Birch and all except one other driver legging it across to their cars. The other driver? Gareth Burnett, standing with hands behind his back watching.....
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This is a belgian attitude…*
The first of this plateau 1 were really fast, bravo!
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The name of Gareth Burnett will haunt me forever it's all we heard on the PA in French and English. Didn't he do well though?
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No point in waiting for him to do his own PR so obviously someone is sorry for him.

Tells me that Massa did not drop flag just waving it about so he didnít move. Everyone else did!
Donít believe a word of it just couldnít be arsed!
Highlight was Michael Birch winning race one with GB making two pit stops and at one point 4 minutes down on leaders
The 5 45 lap helped him catch up!
We had a great weekend with green busses winning all three races and overall job.
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No point in waiting for him to do his own PR so obviously someone is sorry for him.

Tells me that Massa did not drop flag just waving it about so he didnít move. Everyone else did!
Donít believe a word of it just couldnít be arsed!
Highlight was Michael Birch winning race one with GB making two pit stops and at one point 4 minutes down on leaders
The 5 45 lap helped him catch up!
We had a great weekend with green busses winning all three races and overall job.
Definitely lagging behind at the start.
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Definitely lagging behind at the start.
Yup, still not at the car.
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Well now to put teams together

Only doing four this year based on four G1 Talbots so if anyone wants to join us just ask

We have won the team prize a few times.

Obviously Bill/Will are in but anyone else?

Lots of the normal entries missing this year

Interesting if they can put a full grid of Group C cars together this time but itís only the warm up race before the real thing!

Probably about fifteen finishers after an hours racing!
Been away too long... would have asked ! .. hope you are well
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