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Old 12 Jun 2020, 07:02 (Ref:3981467)   #46
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Most Le mans addicts are going to be optimistic that it will happen as we have all looked forward to the race since 1 minute after the race finished last year. Fingers and just about everything else is crossed that sometime in September we will be in France.
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Old 12 Jun 2020, 08:34 (Ref:3981476)   #47
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I think our optismism is all we've got during these times of lockdown.

It shows the level of goodwill towards the race that people will (in a normal year) show up whatever the quality of the grid is.

And as this is the broken run thread, the point made about being 'disinclined' is the most important one, we all need to be making the choice on our attendance based on the health and well-being of ourselves and families rather than just turning up out of tradition.
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Old 12 Jun 2020, 09:23 (Ref:3981485)   #48
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As someone who was there in '92 and who enjoyed it despite the poor field and the relentless non-sun, the weak entry list doesn't put me off one bit. As I've said ad nauseam before (and as John hints), it's not just about a race, it's about an event, an experience, the whole of which I massively enjoy. Meeting old friends and enjoying their company, staying in the same place, the thrill of actually getting to the circuit for the first time - it's all so much more than just a race. Something which those who have never experienced it will probably not understand.
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Old 12 Jun 2020, 09:38 (Ref:3981492)   #49
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As someone who was there in '92 and who enjoyed it despite the poor field and the relentless non-sun, the weak entry list doesn't put me off one bit. As I've said ad nauseam before (and as John hints), it's not just about a race, it's about an event, an experience, the whole of which I massively enjoy. Meeting old friends and enjoying their company, staying in the same place, the thrill of actually getting to the circuit for the first time - it's all so much more than just a race. Something which those who have never experienced it will probably not understand.
I would endorse this sentiment, I would suggest it is even more so with Sebring and to a lesser extent Spa 24. The people and experiences matter more than the racing.

One other issue with Le Mans is that the event has become bloated and far too drawn out, we end up spending way too much time and money there.....the Drivers' Parade is a perfect example. What started out in '95 as a revival of a tradition dating back to the first years of the race has become a real pain............you can spend three hours waiting to start going round, not the best preparation for crews attempting a 24-hour race the next day.......the time could be cut but then a revenue opportunity might be lost.........
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Old 12 Jun 2020, 09:42 (Ref:3981493)   #50
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Yep, I confess I've not bothered with the parade for several years now. Too much hassle. I was thinking of doing it this year as my son and his girlfriend haven't done it and I guess you need to experience it, at least once. But getting to it and out again isn't always easy - and yes, it is a long drawn out affair. I'd rather be sitting in a nice restaurant having a good meal with my pals....

Funnily enough, the one thing I do mourn is the parade along the start finish straight of all the drivers on the back of open cars shortly before the race. That I used to love. But long gone now...
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Old 12 Jun 2020, 09:48 (Ref:3981495)   #51
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Yep, I confess I've not bothered with the parade for several years now. Too much hassle. I was thinking of doing it this year as my son and his girlfriend haven't done it and I guess you need to experience it, at least once. But getting to it and out again isn't always easy - and yes, it is a long drawn out affair. I'd rather be sitting in a nice restaurant having a good meal with my pals....

Funnily enough, the one thing I do mourn is the parade along the start finish straight of all the drivers on the back of open cars shortly before the race. That I used to love. But long gone now...
That is very wise of you to avoid it completely, I have had to attend, sometimes with six drivers, like herding grumbling cats.

I also used to enjoy presentation of the drivers before the race but it is progress, non?
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Old 12 Jun 2020, 10:22 (Ref:3981504)   #52
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Yep, I confess I've not bothered with the parade for several years now. Too much hassle. I was thinking of doing it this year as my son and his girlfriend haven't done it and I guess you need to experience it, at least once. But getting to it and out again isn't always easy - and yes, it is a long drawn out affair. I'd rather be sitting in a nice restaurant having a good meal with my pals....

Funnily enough, the one thing I do mourn is the parade along the start finish straight of all the drivers on the back of open cars shortly before the race. That I used to love. But long gone now...
The tram makes the Drivers Parade a lot easier to attend now
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Old 12 Jun 2020, 10:50 (Ref:3981515)   #53
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Yep, I confess I've not bothered with the parade for several years now. Too much hassle. I was thinking of doing it this year as my son and his girlfriend haven't done it and I guess you need to experience it, at least once. But getting to it and out again isn't always easy - and yes, it is a long drawn out affair. I'd rather be sitting in a nice restaurant having a good meal with my pals....

Funnily enough, the one thing I do mourn is the parade along the start finish straight of all the drivers on the back of open cars shortly before the race. That I used to love. But long gone now...
I must admit i have not done the friday parade for many years now and like you i miss the presentation of the drivers on saturday morning, but i think that would probably clash with the meet so would prefer the meet these days
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Old 13 Jun 2020, 00:05 (Ref:3981643)   #55
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One year I found it very easy to move among the crowds at the parade.
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Old 13 Jun 2020, 05:19 (Ref:3981655)   #56
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If I recall correctly the tram was faster than the Nissan..........and certainly more reliable.
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If I recall correctly the tram was faster than the Nissan..........and certainly more reliable.
Harsh - but fair !

Never done the drivers parade - usually because we have been on a tight work / school related timetable. Likewise the museum. Plan this year was to be down there Thursday leaving time for both - ah, the plans of mice and men.
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