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Old 5 Jan 2014, 01:34 (Ref:3350464)   #1
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"I never knew that"

In June we'll be celebrating the great race's 91st birthday. Which sounds like a long time.

But that's nothing compared to the aggregate years of all of us on this forum - that, would surely go into centuries!

Over the years, we've gained so much knowledge and information at Le Mans. And almost all of it is useless - and a lot of it isn't shared.

Here's your chance to share the knowledge you don't think anyone else knows. Teach us something we don't know already. Don't bottle it up!

I'll start. On the circuit's basic modern layout - assuming the Mulsanne Chicanes to be last truly significant change - the slowest qualifying time for a car allowed to start the Le Mans 24 Hours was the Debora - starting 29th (!) in 1992 with a laptime of 4:49.010.

To put that into context for you, in the 2013 Le Mans Legends race, Ludovic Caron set a time of 4:43.918s in an AC Cobra Daytona Coupe...from 1963.

Here's a picture of the little beauty

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Old 5 Jan 2014, 09:18 (Ref:3350527)   #2
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Ah yes, the famous 'Debora pirouettes' as Bob Constanduros was oft heard to remark......
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Ah yes, the famous 'Debora pirouettes' as Bob Constanduros was oft heard to remark......
I first came across it after seeing this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0Jdvfg5Knc

To be fair, its slow laptime probably had something to do with the 18 spins it made on its way back to the finish line.
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Old 8 Jan 2014, 18:54 (Ref:3351722)   #4
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And that footage even has the quote.........
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And that footage even has the quote.........
Indeed.

For ages, I've thought that voice to be Paul Trusswell's, until I was told otherwise. Always considered there voice rather similar. I presume I'm alone on that one though.
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Old 8 Jan 2014, 19:24 (Ref:3351742)   #6
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vincegail should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridvincegail should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridvincegail should be qualifying in the top 3 on the grid
No you're not alone in this. For the first 5-10 seconds I thought the same. They have a very similar way of talking. Similar, but not the same.
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It is Paul Truswell's at first! Then Bob comes in. At least, that's what I think - there seems to be two different voices.
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Yes indeed! The second guy's first words are 'Debora Pirouettes'. So maybe the first speaker is Paul Trusswell after all?
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Well i must admit that i used to get confused in the old days when they did sound alike and were both on RLM most of the time
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Paul Truswell and Bob Constanduros are two different people? I never knew that.
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Oh definitely!

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Yes indeed! The second guy's first words are 'Debora Pirouettes'. So maybe the first speaker is Paul Trusswell after all?
Correct.

But Paul only has one 'S'......

Bob:-




Paul: (with James - Bentley03)

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Is that RLM Towers in that photo???
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The old one, yes. For years they were in the little box at the top of the main grandstand.

Another shot here:-




But I didn't get to twiddle any knobs......



I've been up there with Paul several times. But now of course they're at the Ford Chicane....




You can see Hindy clearly in this shot - PT is over on the left hand side.
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So they cannot actually see into the pits anymore? Did they upset someone? The lads, of course, I KNOW Eve wouldn't!!!
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