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Old 2 Jun 2020, 10:28 (Ref:3979770)   #106
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We all loved the silk cut Jags, my first trip in 1985 was partially in response to the return of Jaguar, all be it in group 44 form, but to be honest the more purple jags were better looking IMHO
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Old 2 Jun 2020, 12:16 (Ref:3979798)   #107
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Wow, Mal. And were is the fencing? I was there two years later and Iím sure there was fencing then.

Wow wow wow.
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Old 2 Jun 2020, 12:19 (Ref:3979800)   #108
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Fencing along the straight (and most other parts of the circuit) arrived in 1996. I'm updating my 1996 story as it happens right now and I can still feel the shock I felt when I went onto the tribunes for the first time that year.....
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Old 2 Jun 2020, 12:24 (Ref:3979804)   #109
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I don’t remember that specifically. Mind plays tricks.

I watched the 1990 and 1991 start from there. I think by 1996 I was probably in a grandstand, maybe above the pits and it mattered less?
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Old 2 Jun 2020, 13:04 (Ref:3979823)   #110
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Yep, the pits grandstand remains the one debris fencing-free haven!

(Although it wasn't there in 1990 - it arrived for the '91 race).
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I remember the first year of that. Fortunately my memory hasn’t forgot that change! No one refers to it as the Starship Enterprise anymore!
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I remember the first year of that. Fortunately my memory hasnít forgot that change! No one refers to it as the Starship Enterprise anymore!
Does anyone else remember the fireworks when the "starship enterprise" was official opened, we were opposite in the stands and some of the fireworks headed straights for us, could have been some serious injuries that friday evening.
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Itís ok to have a ceremony, but sounds like the usual organisation of Le Mans went out the window that day, if the fireworks were heading to you like missiles
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I don't have access to photos from the Group C era where I am, but here are some Group C cars from the 2012 Legends race.
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Does anyone else remember the fireworks when the "starship enterprise" was official opened, we were opposite in the stands and some of the fireworks headed straights for us, could have been some serious injuries that friday evening.
Ouch. I think I was probably having dinner in a campsite. I think we camped in Bleu that year after a late decision to go to the race.
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A couple more from 1988 I think - I dont think health & safety was an issue back then! This was the best atmosphere I have ever experienced at Le Mans
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Jeez, how much closer can you get. Safety had improved by then, but not by much if that's anything to go by. Still as you say Le Mans is about atmosphere and always will be.
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That straight run downhill to the Esses was magical, especially at night. Shameful how it was desecrated....
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That straight run downhill to the Esses was magical, especially at night. Shameful how it was desecrated....
I watched the first lap from there in 1993 as I wanted to see that view as they all stream down together.

I like the new curves, but am annoyed it replaced that iconic drop down and entry into the Esses. I find it hard to get a good photo of it.
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I know that camping where i do i watch a great deal of racing on the new bit after the dunlop bridge but i do feel that it has lost something of the old feel.
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