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#1 Pils1989

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 18:25

Is anyone going to Le Mans in July?
I will be going with some friends, staying at my place in Touraine, 50 km away from LM. I hope we will hangout with the Redele team like we did four years ago, spend some time with a friend's father who's going to drive a 906 and pay a visit to David Piper.

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#2 Arjan de Roos

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 09:45

YES!!!

#3 john ruston

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 10:27

Its the only sensible place to be that weekend!

#4 Haine Kane

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 20:27

Yes I'm in LE MANS (with LE HOUX 62 from MOTORLEGEND forum) this week-end support the DE TOMASO PANTERA of my belgian friend and also the DODGE CHARGER from an other friend (PANTERA GR4 from MOTORLEGEND forum).

And we live directly in the concurrent paddock :love: :love: :love: :love:

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 22:38

I will be coming from Houston and meeting up with Rob ( RY6 ) from South Africa.
Havent seen Rob for 30 years.
Will be a good party !!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

#6 Carles Bosch

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 10:52

I already have my entry tickets. I was there two years ago and it has turned into an unavoidable appointment... :clap:


Carles.

#7 ry6

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 12:54

John

Are you the John Ruston from Abu Dabi who contacted me about the Talbot 105 BGH21?

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#8 Tomas Karlsson

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 13:17

I'll be going down to Le Mans this year. I'll have to see the Saab back on track!

#9 john ruston

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 14:39

More than possible but I cant remember why ?Send me an E Mail

#10 Pils1989

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Posted 03 May 2008 - 14:47

Originally posted by Haine Kane
Yes I'm in LE MANS (with LE HOUX 62 from MOTORLEGEND forum) this week-end support the DE TOMASO PANTERA of my belgian friend and also the DODGE CHARGER from an other friend (PANTERA GR4 from MOTORLEGEND forum).

And we live directly in the concurrent paddock :love: :love: :love: :love:


Hasn't one of the Dodge owners posted on TNF some years ago or is it another Dodge?

Who's up for a small TNF meet around rillette sandwiches and 1664s (or Stella)?

#11 Pils1989

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 22:32

Apparently this year, they are hinting for a dress code:
http://www.lemanscla...-Dress_Code.pdf

#12 john ruston

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 06:41

There has always been a dress code but nobody seems to take to much notice ,certainly we don't nor will we.We pay to race cars not involve ourselves in a fancy dress comp.

#13 Pils1989

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 09:30

No paddock access tickets left... is the event becoming really exclusive?
I got myself an ACO membership and I should get a free access to the paddocks... crossing my fingers there...

#14 Charles Helps

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 13:26

There are a few of us going over with Lotuses from the fifties - so weather and cars permitting we should be in the clubs' area on the south west corner of the Bugatti circuit on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

We will take modern jackets and ties - after all we have been invited to someone else's country and it just seems like good manners to do so. I expect we'll see some of you there - looking forward to it :)

Ferry tomorrow evening but I'm off today to do at least part of the journey in the dry.

#15 Pils1989

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 08:26

I've inquired about an ACO tie to wear on this weekend but none are available for members except the Hermes ties at 125 Euro/each on the 24hrs race theme. I guess I will have to wear my cheaper ACM one... :D

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 08:32

Originally posted by Pils1989
I've inquired about an ACO tie to wear on this weekend but none are available for members except the Hermes ties at 125 Euro/each on the 24hrs race theme. I guess I will have to wear my cheaper ACM one... :D


Time for a TNF tie to match the badges? ;)

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 08:59

Originally posted by Pils1989


Who's up for a small TNF meet around rillette sandwiches and 1664s (or Stella)?


Can you suggest a time and place, Antoine?

#18 962C

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 20:36

I have a question for you Le Mans Classic regulars:
For all kind of reasons I haven't organised anything and the only option I have left is to catch a train to Le Mans early on Sunday morning, so I would like to know if I can just turn up and buy a ticket on the spot and if it's worth going there just for the day Sunday?

TIA

#19 Pils1989

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 11:09

Originally posted by Kpy


Can you suggest a time and place, Antoine?


Err... a bit late... Sorry! I'm staying in the countryside and the public library is only open three times a week in the morning to ckeck the Internet:/

I had a good time among a 906s, three 917s, a 934, a 935 and the turbine car!
I will post some pictures when I get home in two weeks:)

On a side note, i won't renew my ACO membership... the member area was a mess, the food awful and a total lack of organisation...

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#20 Kpy

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 14:05

Originally posted by Pils1989




On a side note, i won't renew my ACO membership... the member area was a mess, the food awful and a total lack of organisation...


That area most certainly was a mess, the food dreadful, and what's more the claim that the liquid refeshments were at reduced price was untrue.
The arrangements for collecting the free members' paddock passes, when we had already produced membership cards to buy the entry tickets at members' prices, was typical of the ACO's lack of organisation.
What annoyed me even more was the ACO restricting access to the new Members' Welcome area in the Village to purchasers of so-called "VIP packages". That area, with its superb viewing terrace, was freely available to ACO members during the 24 Hours meeting last month.
Bah!
Had a good time though.

#21 Arjan de Roos

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 18:49

Le Mans Classic 2008

Several changes again and some not so favourable. I am not an ACO member so can't tell what is wrong with that. Only that the grand stands are no longer free, OK: but why sell unique tickets for each grandstand. Ford chicane grand stand was sold out, others completely empty at times.

Still great event. Many fantastic cars and top drivers, as well as shops and paddocks to drool over for more than 24 hours. Here some pics. Let me know when it is too much ;-)

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#22 Arjan de Roos

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 18:57

Paddock Life

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#23 Arjan de Roos

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 19:10

Some more:

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#24 MCS

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 19:24

Some great pictures here Arjan!

Looks a good event - I have to admit to being curious as I was over in France last weekend and there were a number of older English sportscars on the ferry, but they looked terrible! Sorry, but... :blush:

#25 bradbury west

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 19:54

IIRC the blue flared-wing Riley was at Goodwood FoS last year in the Style et Luxe.
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#26 john ruston

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 10:03

With 3000 approx UK old bangers at LMC assume some would be in poor shape but the owners probably think their wonderful and thats all important so no apology needed

Is the Riley is a recreation?

#27 john ruston

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 10:06

Whats the ACO to do with a Peter Auto organised event?The ACO thing is a seperate issue

#28 Kpy

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 12:44

Originally posted by john ruston
Whats the ACO to do with a Peter Auto organised event?The ACO thing is a seperate issue


The event was organised by the ACO (or, to be precise, L'Association Sportive Automobile de l'Automobile Club de l'Ouest) in association with SAVH, which is the Peter Auto company.

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 22:24

Thanks for the great pictures! More great photos here

http://www.supercars...513/1873/1.html

#30 Pils1989

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 15:40

I don't have a camera anymore and I asked a friend to take pictures for me:
http://gallery.me.com/rootsnetwork
Pre-war cars were my favorites!

#31 Charles Helps

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 17:05

Originally posted by john ruston
With 3000 approx UK old bangers at LMC assume some would be in poor shape but the owners probably think their wonderful and thats all important so no apology needed

Is the Riley is a recreation?

Yes, it's a replica of a Paulin design built by Pourtout in France - I gather there were originally three and at least one was on a TT Sprite chassis. There's an article on Forix which mentions them. The originals no longer exist.

The Riley was driven all the way from Oxfordshire to Le Mans via Portsmouth - St Malo; a bit of a wet trip in England on the Wednesday!