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Old 10 Jun 2020, 07:12 (Ref:3981079)   #31
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1982, 1985, 1996-2019 plus 2 LM Classics. In fortunate position of #retirementlife so re-booked for September already (if it happens / open to spectators).

Changed phone wallpaper to arty shot of iconic blue / yellow kerbing. Unlikely to be found watching the online substitute.
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Old 10 Jun 2020, 08:53 (Ref:3981096)   #32
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The last time I was at the race was 2009 and I will get back there one day there is plan underway.

However since my last visit I followed events from home with pictures from Eurosport and commentary by RLM.

Over the last few years race has been finishing work early on the Wednesday afternoon to come home and watch the first practice session and printing out the Andy Blackmore's spotters guide so while watching the race I cross out the retirements. Sitting with kids on Saturday morning watching the warm-up and sitting up to some silly o'clock on Saturday night watching the race (and getting up silly time on Sunday morning to watch the rest).

It just feels odd that is not going be happening this weekend, hopefully the race will happen in September and those things will then, if the race goes ahead and I think that is 50/50 at present.
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Old 10 Jun 2020, 12:18 (Ref:3981124)   #33
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I'm far from convinced this years race will happen and if i, we, will be able to attend. If we do i think it will be quite cool, i don't suppose we will ever have another September race in a long time, so it will be interesting to see how different it is at another time of the year.
That will add to the regret of not being there this year for me. It will be a shame to miss out on something a bit different.
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Old 10 Jun 2020, 12:40 (Ref:3981127)   #34
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As miserable/selfish as it might be, if September doesn't happen for us, I hope it doesn't happen at all, so that my run (14, coming 15) won't be broken.
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Old 10 Jun 2020, 13:24 (Ref:3981139)   #35
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As miserable/selfish as it might be, if September doesn't happen for us, I hope it doesn't happen at all, so that my run (14, coming 15) won't be broken.
I feel the same!
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Old 10 Jun 2020, 13:48 (Ref:3981146)   #36
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Old 10 Jun 2020, 13:52 (Ref:3981148)   #37
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In total agreement there, but hoping i will be there.
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Old 10 Jun 2020, 17:20 (Ref:3981182)   #38
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No broken run for me - if it happens and I am allowed to go, I will be there....

I have been every year since 1996, but I definitely went in 1983, 1988 and at least two or three other times in the group C era, but cant now remember exactly when they were
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Old 10 Jun 2020, 17:31 (Ref:3981185)   #39
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No broken run for me - if it happens and I am allowed to go, I will be there....

I have been every year since 1996, but I definitely went in 1983, 1988 and at least two or three other times in the group C era, but cant now remember exactly when they were
You must have been enjoying yourself on those years, several of mine have hazy memories due to over indulgence
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Old 10 Jun 2020, 19:45 (Ref:3981204)   #40
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Old 11 Jun 2020, 07:12 (Ref:3981250)   #41
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You must have been enjoying yourself on those years, several of mine have hazy memories due to over indulgence
I always enjoy myself ... however it has toned a down a bit over the years... but from the '80's ... sadly I cant remember all that much!
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Old 11 Jun 2020, 07:45 (Ref:3981257)   #42
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I would say that like you i have toned down my tendency to over indulge in recent years, although a few years ago due to circumstances beyond my control (Helen arriving very late in evening) my age and capacity to continue drinking for 10 hours had the obvious result. However i have been more careful ever since.
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Old 11 Jun 2020, 08:29 (Ref:3981269)   #43
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My run was broken by pesky GCSE and A-Level exams in 2010-11 and then the start of the my teaching career 2017-18.

In each of those years, I religiously watched every minute of every session. My year still ran from June to June and I could imagine being there - the HD pictures are so good these days, it really can bring the magic to your living room.

So the feeling of being at home this weekend isn't too unusual, but not having anything to look forward to most definitely is.
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Old 11 Jun 2020, 15:54 (Ref:3981375)   #44
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After my first LM in 2005, wich I really enjoyed, I skipped 2006 because I thought it couldn't het any better. I was not comfitable sitting at home, couldn't watch on tv because it hurt not beiing there, despite the hughe amount if non sun.
Since 2007 I never missed one, let's hope it stays that way, this one is postponed, so not broken yet, hell I'll even watch a little virtual.
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Old 12 Jun 2020, 06:16 (Ref:3981460)   #45
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I have wondered whether I should contribute to this optimistic thread, your enthusiasm does you credit, it is that element from the true fans that gives Le Mans most of its special atmosphere.

This would have been my 40th Le Mans, I have worked at every race since '84, so it feels very strange being home in the UK during mid-June.

That being said, this was the poorest entry since '92; LM P1 should be a Toyota walkover, though a podium for Rebellion would be a fine way to salute their time in the sport.

GTE PRO lost Ford and BMW............

LM P2 - a spec ORECA formula and suffering from the same issue as GTE AM of professional silver drivers instead of gentlemen, that causes all manner of problems, both on and off the track.

I do miss seeing old friends and colleagues, folks that I have spent my motorsport career with, time with them during the weeks is always something to look forward to.

September? Not sure how it can happen if the predicted second wave of the virus is on the way. Believe me you do not want to take a chance with this infection, it is deadly.

Also with the unique nature of Le Mans' private/public road course how can there be any meaningful social distancing and how could that be enforced?

So far Corvette and Porsche North America have withdrawn, who will follow?

I suspect the ACO are under enormous financial pressure to run something as they will have budgeted for revenues as normal, including the Classic. The huge sums that the VW Group used to pour into the region are gone forever; this, I suspect, will soon be the case with all the other manufacturers.

While I am not quite in the vulnerable class, I am close, and after observing the lock down strictly for the past months I am disinclined to take a chance. I have a room booked and paid for but.............
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