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Old 6 May 2009, 07:22 (Ref:2456271)   #1
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Funny Le Mans Stories

Well it was suggested so I will start.

In 24 visits (well 23 until this year) I have seen many strange things and very strange people.
The groups of fancy dresssed people, some collecting for charities, from Romans with Chariots to 2nd world war figures (Hitler/Churchhill etc) and the ever present city gents.
The amzingly painted cars/vehicles.
But perhaps the now remembered as funny but not quite so funny at the time, was seeing one of my mates disappear down a sewer in tertre rouge campsite.
I was on my way to the showers late on Wednesday night when I stopped for a chat and another beer with a group camped near the showers, my mate went for his shower and 20 minutes later he was walking back to the tents and I saw him litterally disappear before my eyes, we rushed over to find that he had stepped on a loose drain cover and luckily his shoulders had stuck and stopped him falling further. He was not hurt that bad but required medical attention for cuts and bruises and was very shaken, he also needed an other shower.
He has not attended Le Mans since
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Old 6 May 2009, 15:49 (Ref:2456555)   #2
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There are so many, but one that springs to mind was at Maison Blanche campsite in 2006, on the famous Friday night...

Three lads had travelled down in a Rolls Royce - and the owner let his mate have a go. He came back to the campiste with a huge scratch on it...

His punishment?

To get me, who was 11/12 years old at the time, to spank him as hard as possible, bare bottomed (him, not me), with a wet leek. It hurt him quite a bit, as I was actively encouraged to try my hardest.

If you are him, I'm curious to know if you can sit down...
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Old 6 May 2009, 16:09 (Ref:2456575)   #3
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Can I just say things are now scary on this sub-forum.

The are 666 threads! Yikes, scoob!
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Old 6 May 2009, 17:23 (Ref:2456632)   #4
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To get me, who was 11/12 years old at the time, to spank him as hard as possible, bare bottomed (him, not me), with a wet leek. It hurt him quite a bit, as I was actively encouraged to try my hardest.

That is the most disturbing thing ever!
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Old 6 May 2009, 19:17 (Ref:2456708)   #5
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I think we ought to steer clear of any more stories of a fetish-type nature....
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Old 6 May 2009, 19:43 (Ref:2456721)   #6
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I'd like to clear up that I wasn't chosen because I was 11, my dad and I were merely passing by (and they offered my dad a go, but he refused)
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OK, so after consecutive visits from '82 to '88 (is my username becoming clearer? ) followed by a ridiculously long time away due to domestic commitments, 2003 was going to be the year to return! Not only that, but I was going to be taking my 12 year old son for his LM debut and we were going down in my newly bought and freshly restored (more of this later...) 1963 MGB roadster!
After a fantastic run there, hood down all the way, we pitched in Blue Nord, watched Thursday practice and all was Tres Bon! Mad Friday was just as brilliant, right up until we ran out of petrol....at the far end of Mulsanne....at midnight. Now this was a big problem, not only had it run out but, (as we later discovered) it had sucked a load of crud out of the bottom of the (unrestored!) fuel tank, so even with the contents of the spare can I had in the old girl....we were going nowhere!
So in these situations, there's always a guardian angel, you hope! Lo and behold, a battered French registered Renault 21 pulls up, four burly lads get out, one of whom just happens to be an ex-pat Brit! "Any chance of a tow?" "No probs, is it far?" "Nah...just up the road!" (More like five miles! ) The tow back was surprisingly uneventful (apart from picking up a Police escort on the way...), we chucked them a crate or two of beer for their sterling work and got some shut eye.
Tomorrow morning we've still got a dead car, no tools and even less know-how...... However, we were also surrounded by a field-full of fellow classic car owners, within an hour or two more beer had changed hands and we had a fixed car!
Certainly was entertaining!

Epilogue: Just to show she had a sense of decorum too, the MGB left it a full week after our return before she blew her head gasket, very considerate I felt.
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OK, so after consecutive visits from '82 to '88 (is my username becoming clearer? ) followed by a ridiculously long time away due to domestic commitments, 2003 was going to be the year to return! Not only that, but I was going to be taking my 12 year old son for his LM debut and we were going down in my newly bought and freshly restored (more of this later...) 1963 MGB roadster!
After a fantastic run there, hood down all the way, we pitched in Blue Nord, watched Thursday practice and all was Tres Bon! Mad Friday was just as brilliant, right up until we ran out of petrol....at the far end of Mulsanne....at midnight. Now this was a big problem, not only had it run out but, (as we later discovered) it had sucked a load of crud out of the bottom of the (unrestored!) fuel tank, so even with the contents of the spare can I had in the old girl....we were going nowhere!
So in these situations, there's always a guardian angel, you hope! Lo and behold, a battered French registered Renault 21 pulls up, four burly lads get out, one of whom just happens to be an ex-pat Brit! "Any chance of a tow?" "No probs, is it far?" "Nah...just up the road!" (More like five miles! ) The tow back was surprisingly uneventful (apart from picking up a Police escort on the way...), we chucked them a crate or two of beer for their sterling work and got some shut eye.
Tomorrow morning we've still got a dead car, no tools and even less know-how...... However, we were also surrounded by a field-full of fellow classic car owners, within an hour or two more beer had changed hands and we had a fixed car!
Certainly was entertaining!

Epilogue: Just to show she had a sense of decorum too, the MGB left it a full week after our return before she blew her head gasket, very considerate I felt.
Theres always that risk at Le Mans with a classic car.

This year, I'm going with a group consisting of:
  • an Alfa Romeo Spider (1977)
  • an MGB GT
  • a reliant scimitar bought 4 months ago bought for £200
  • a Ford Escort (convertible!), bought for £200
  • and an Alfa Romeo 145 bought for...£200
There is no way on this earth that we will return with all vehicles in one peice!

At the time it sounded like a great idea, but now, I'm a bit aprehensive.

If you see a any of these vehicles pulled up on the side of the road, please return the people in them to Houx Annexe campsite!!
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You think thats bad were going in a 2003 Rover 75 thats blown its head gasket twice.

If u pass it try not to laugh!
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Theres always that risk at Le Mans with a classic car.


This year, I'm going with a group consisting of:
  • an Alfa Romeo Spider (1977)
  • an MGB GT
  • a reliant scimitar bought 4 months ago bought for £200
  • a Ford Escort (convertible!), bought for £200
  • and an Alfa Romeo 145 bought for...£200
There is no way on this earth that we will return with all vehicles in one peice!

At the time it sounded like a great idea, but now, I'm a bit aprehensive.

If you see a any of these vehicles pulled up on the side of the road, please return the people in them to Houx Annexe campsite!!
Will do Ginge, our fleet...

Peugeot 306 GTi-6 supercharged (high boost, 400bhp ).
Nissan 200SX (heavily modified to 350bhp)
Ford Capri (Rover V8)
Peugeot 406 V6 saloon (comfy!)

See you on Mad Friday, or the nearest petrol station....
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The Car Park at Arnage/Indianapolis in 86 (I think).

It's the early hours of Saturday, when many were in their tents, but not asleep. A car can be heard approaching at speed from Mulsanne, revving to the limit in each gear. He brakes late and the sound of rubber sliding on tarmac can be heard immediately before the sound of impact. There are a few seconds of silence before the same car can be heard driving slowly away.

It ma have been coincidence, but here was a very dented Lotus Cortina in the car park after that.
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Oh I have many fun fair stories from days gone by which include, helping a German roll his go-kart by spraying beer on the then wooden kart track ! (he was fine after and shared a beer with us ).

Evacuating the stippers and a few hundred punters from the 'strippers' tent by putting a gas pellet under the canvas (sorry if you were in there at the time !).

Shooting the fairy lights in the trees at the shot gun stand (not good ) and also taking out the star prize at the 'shoot the fishing wire to win a prize', pellet gun stand...that was a small black and white tv that went with a quite a bang ! The owner then chased my mate with a real shot gun asking for payment, luckily he vanished into the crowd !

We also used to get involved in the drag racing at Garage Bleu on a Sunday night, anything with wheels used to go up the strip !

Looking back I'm glad that we all have matured and grown old since then but I do miss that old fun fair on the Saturday night !
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