Will it even go ahead?

Will it even go ahead?

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wsn03

1,577 posts

65 months

Tuesday 10th March 2020
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markiii said:
lowdrag said:
Tyre Smoke said:
So, as it stands the ACO are officially saying 'no problem, we have no plans to cancel or postpone' but the French Govt are currently banning gatherings of more than 1000? Is that correct?

Presumably the ACO will be applying pressure to ensure that by June it's all good to go?
The ACO are awaiting direction. They won't cancel it if the government say nothing, and until they do it is on until it is off. Here in France football matches are being played to empty stadiums, and they are amazed here to see the Scottish rugby and all the football stadia full. There are so many rumours flying about, including that the French are going to close their borders. How can that work? Just like Italy, there are back roads. The French use them daily to go to Spain or Belgium to buy tobacco in bulk because it is so much cheaper. You would need one hell of a lot of fingers to block that dam. All we can do is wait and see, but of one thing I am sure; if anyone can screw things up it is a politician. But for the moment the ACO site shows that even the Superbike race in 10 days time is still on. Until it is off.
makes me wonder what they did pre Shengen? were all those back roads policed? was there a fence?
I was wondering that. Was Europe full of bricked up borders with a few main roads manned with checkpoints?

NNH

1,137 posts

96 months

Tuesday 10th March 2020
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wsn03 said:
markiii said:
makes me wonder what they did pre Shengen? were all those back roads policed? was there a fence?
I was wondering that. Was Europe full of bricked up borders with a few main roads manned with checkpoints?
At least between France and the Benelux, I remember that there were patrols setting up random checks on the smaller roads. Every so often, someone would forget to take their passport with them on the way out, and would have to ask very nicely to be allowed back into their country when the border patrol showed up.

old'uns

389 posts

97 months

Tuesday 10th March 2020
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wsn03 said:
And that is absolutely correct...so no need for anyone to visit it
i've heard rumours that if the virus disrupts the supply line from UK Sean will close the pub until it improves...so no need for anyone to visit at any time in the future smile

StevieBee

9,571 posts

219 months

Tuesday 10th March 2020
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Joe5y said:
I am not one for jumping on the Covid panic but normally I would book about this time, both tickets and camping for 9-12 of us; however I am going to wait until a few weeks before the event.

My reasoning; This weekend I have tickets to France vs Ireland Rugby which just 5 days before it has been cancelled however my insurance will not cover the travel and hotel citing a travel ban has not been issued. This means I'm going to Paris for basically a drinking session paying over the odds to do so based on the amounts paid for both travel and hotel.

What are others plans this year?
Likewise, I'm holding off for a bit.

I've booked crossing, tickets and campaign two weeks before the event previously so not overly worried at missing out.

MrC986

2,822 posts

155 months

Tuesday 10th March 2020
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I’m just in the process of making my final payments for the 24hrs & the Classic albeit I’m doing it through an operator so I’ve the protection in the event of a cancellation. I was speaking with my travel company/operator earlier & as others have said, it’s a big shout to cancel the 24 hrs so far in advance (approx 3 months) & the ACO won’t cancel it if they can help it. The financial impact is greater than any normal sporting event given it’s become at least a 4 day open air festival which contributes tens of millions of euros to the French economy - it’d be a bit like cancelling the British F1 as an example.

LawrieC

294 posts

68 months

Tuesday 10th March 2020
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I've booked and paid, but all other events/holidays etc are on hold. There's a risk it could go silly, but in the UK the number of new cases are not doubling every day, and it fact went down yesterday.

lowdrag

11,314 posts

177 months

Tuesday 10th March 2020
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For the events in France, you might like to bookmark this page:-

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/...

You will note that this month we have gone from hero to zero, or the other way round. 100 cases at the end of February, and 1,700 10 days later. Rather exponential, don't you think? Extrapolate that and move it forward several weeks, then two months to the 24 Heures and then on again to the Classic. It does not make pretty rreading.

FredericRobinson

2,342 posts

196 months

Tuesday 10th March 2020
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The bike 24 hours has been postponed to 5/6th September

https://www.lemans.org/en/news/the-24-heures-motos...



lowdrag

11,314 posts

177 months

Tuesday 10th March 2020
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The first of many I fear.

LM24Nut

742 posts

26 months

Tuesday 10th March 2020
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lowdrag said:
The first of many I fear.
Now the panic has broke out in our LM WhatsApp group:

“Le Mans has been postponed ...I want my money back, I can’t go in Sept”...

I actually had to post up a screenshot of the announcement which clearly showed motorbikes...not cars.

wsn03

1,577 posts

65 months

Tuesday 10th March 2020
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Im currently doing some work for a pharma company. What ive learned:

26 C apparently kills the virus, so summer will wipe it out

Most cures already engineered but have to go through testing, release and manufacturing set up procedures - expect 4 to 6 months

Apparently viruses die out on their own over time, something to do with mutation (sorry I got really bored by this point in the conversation)

September for the bike race makes sense all round based on containment, possible/ likely the car race could end up in the same month

For the first time in 3 years I won't have a summer with nothing to look forward to...im actually slightly pleased.



Edited by wsn03 on Tuesday 10th March 21:41

cn7k7

76 posts

108 months

Wednesday 11th March 2020
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wsn03 said:
I bring my group on a Friday evening about 6:30pm...I've got 9 this year - we meet Leyorkie who books it for us

Give me numbers and I'll combine a booking.

We are going to visit that famous hotel De France on the way down, say 515pm? Feel free to join us there
Sounds good....not sure of numbers yet but will get back to you

Truckosaurus

8,229 posts

248 months

Wednesday 11th March 2020
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If they follow a similar time frame for postponement for the main 24h as to the motorcycles then it'll be mid-April for an announcement, perhaps after the Easter break.

wsn03

1,577 posts

65 months

Wednesday 11th March 2020
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Truckosaurus said:
If they follow a similar time frame for postponement for the main 24h as to the motorcycles then it'll be mid-April for an announcement, perhaps after the Easter break.
I thought they might give more notice because it is such a huge event with so much logistics involved? Plus they can estimate a bit more now, with the bike race events just suddenly accelerated and caught everyone out.

Just a thought

wsn03

1,577 posts

65 months

Wednesday 11th March 2020
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cn7k7 said:
wsn03 said:
I bring my group on a Friday evening about 6:30pm...I've got 9 this year - we meet Leyorkie who books it for us

Give me numbers and I'll combine a booking.

We are going to visit that famous hotel De France on the way down, say 515pm? Feel free to join us there
Sounds good....not sure of numbers yet but will get back to you
Spot on. My pm works when the time comes

mstrbkr

8,289 posts

162 months

Wednesday 11th March 2020
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LawrieC said:
I've booked and paid, but all other events/holidays etc are on hold. There's a risk it could go silly, but in the UK the number of new cases are not doubling every day, and it fact went down yesterday.
The problem is they're not testing everyone that is showing symptoms. Current 111 helpline communication is that they are only testing people who are deemed vulnerable, e.g. the elderly. Many cases are indeed going unreported in those healthy enough to get over it by isolating at home.

LawrieC

294 posts

68 months

Wednesday 11th March 2020
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mstrbkr said:
The problem is they're not testing everyone that is showing symptoms...…...
I'd noticed that. They do 50-60 tests a day, so the increase is staying constant, rather than increasing at an exponential rate, like Italy, France, Germany, Spain etc

Ramona

146 posts

120 months

Wednesday 11th March 2020
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wsn03 said:
I was wondering that. Was Europe full of bricked up borders with a few main roads manned with checkpoints?
The border between the Republic Of Ireland and Northern Ireland was effectively like that. There were a number of manned checkpoints - all other border crossings were "unapproved roads", and the army had authority to shoot to kill if you were caught on one.

I found myself accidentally driving on unapproved roads a couple of times (this was before sat navs) and was always very happy to get off them.

fatboy18

18,449 posts

175 months

Wednesday 11th March 2020
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it will certainly upset the hoteliers and Tourist office if it doesn't!

Not to mention all the Police they round up from all over france to police the event!

And what about the Travelers? Where are they going to get their new stock of Tents and Gazebos to sell at boot sales from, poor sods whistle

wsn03

1,577 posts

65 months

Wednesday 11th March 2020
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NNH said:
At least between France and the Benelux, I remember that there were patrols setting up random checks on the smaller roads. Every so often, someone would forget to take their passport with them on the way out, and would have to ask very nicely to be allowed back into their country when the border patrol showed up.
So effectively you could still smuggle between borders without too much trouble then. Interesting