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Old 17 Feb 2021, 14:10 (Ref:4035573)   #2746
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Wouldn't it be lovely if the ACO issued tickets like this one to the next race we can all attend........
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Old 17 Feb 2021, 15:37 (Ref:4035588)   #2747
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And a question. As I've not seen one anywhere, is it safe to assume that there was no programme issued for the 2020 race? It makes sense of course as it was huis clos, but having an unbroken run from 1986 to 2019 (plus 1970, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1985), if there was one, I'd like to find a copy.....
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Old 17 Feb 2021, 15:52 (Ref:4035589)   #2748
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And a question. As I've not seen one anywhere, is it safe to assume that there was no programme issued for the 2020 race? It makes sense of course as it was huis clos, but having an unbroken run from 1986 to 2019 (plus 1970, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1985), if there was one, I'd like to find a copy.....
Depending on how advanced the preparations where, they could have been printed, but just no distributed?
Maybe try contacting the printing company of the 2019 version or the distributer?
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Old 17 Feb 2021, 16:11 (Ref:4035591)   #2749
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I guess I could try that. I may even email the ACO, I have a couple of contacts there.
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Old 17 Feb 2021, 16:19 (Ref:4035594)   #2750
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i think i still have one of those, although not quite in such good condition
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Old 18 Feb 2021, 14:16 (Ref:4035712)   #2751
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i think i still have one of those, although not quite in such good condition
What, a freebie ticket? I have three enceintes generales from 1989. I still need a G category 'B' ticket.
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Old 18 Feb 2021, 14:18 (Ref:4035713)   #2752
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You donít have to go there to apply for a free ticket?
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Old 18 Feb 2021, 17:27 (Ref:4035764)   #2753
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i think mine is the top left one
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Old 19 Feb 2021, 11:16 (Ref:4035841)   #2754
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You donít have to go there to apply for a free ticket?
I'd never seen a free ticket before.
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I'd never seen a free ticket before.
We got some free tickets for the practice weekend one year. We were still on the waiting list for the Houx campsite and the ACO said it was easier to give us some gratis tickets rather than half-dispatch our order of 'real' tickets.

I also got a re-print of a grandstand ticket when I lost it in town one Friday (or may have been pickpocketed etc) - the ticket office helpfully wrote 'this is the real ticket' in biro on it in case someone turned up with the original
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Old 24 Feb 2021, 11:46 (Ref:4036609)   #2756
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We got some free tickets for the practice weekend one year. We were still on the waiting list for the Houx campsite and the ACO said it was easier to give us some gratis tickets rather than half-dispatch our order of 'real' tickets.

I also got a re-print of a grandstand ticket when I lost it in town one Friday (or may have been pickpocketed etc) - the ticket office helpfully wrote 'this is the real ticket' in biro on it in case someone turned up with the original
That's hilarious!

My ticket collection has expanded considerably. Yesterday I received an unused 1986 enceintes generales, still with the practice tear off. It's now 35 years old but looks as though it's just been issued.....
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Old 25 Feb 2021, 01:48 (Ref:4036854)   #2757
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Do you think Le Mans needs GT cars in the future beyond 2023? If LMDH is the hotbed for privateers like the word on the street has it then between LMH, LMDH, and LMP2. That alone could give you a 48-60 car grid for the Le Mans 24. Remember in the 1980s through 1992 it was 100% prototype.

From GT perspective, they don't need Le Mans like they used to. In the age of streaming and youtube, the Spa 24 hours and Nurburgring 24 are much much higher profile races now compared to around the year 2010. My opinion is that GTE Pro will be gone after this year or 2022 and it WON'T be replaced.
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They are still building out the new pit complex for 2023 right? Or has COVID hampered that project?

A 20-car top class feels like a good stretch goal for 2023. Would depend a bit on US take-up I imagine. But beyond that, like you say WyldStallion (is that a Bill & Ted reference btw?) if customer cars really ramp up and we get more new manufacturers - it's going to be tasty. You'd imagine that the likes of Toyota would move back up to three cars to cover off the increased competition.

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That's assuming they can stretch to 65 garages. But between WEC auto-invites, assumed increased American interest and continuing to push AsLMS. It's going to be near impossible. Return of qualifying maybe? I'd certainly be up for a significant reduction in GT cars but I think it would be a massive shame to remove that class from Le Mans.
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...but I think it would be a massive shame to remove that class from Le Mans.
Indeed. Having 'road going' style GT cars is such a part of LM history I can't see them ever removing the class, even if they could fill the grid with prototypes.
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Indeed. Having 'road going' style GT cars is such a part of LM history I can't see them ever removing the class, even if they could fill the grid with prototypes.
I don't think so either, but there was a long period in the 80's/early 90s when prototypes had the whole grid.
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