2021 - Don't get too excited

2021 - Don't get too excited

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LawrieC

294 posts

68 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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FredericRobinson said:
Racer.com suggesting a move to 21/22nd August is on the cards
and they say it will be confirmed by the end of next week.

More daylight than September, and there may be enough vaccine now they've accepted OxfordAZ, but....

delta0

1,350 posts

70 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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W111AAM said:
Do you also think it's safe to say the Le Mans Classic in July is unlikely to happen?
Wondering this too. Maybe a shift to September.

Truckosaurus

8,229 posts

248 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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I can't see them running the LMC before the LM24 as they'd draw too big a crowd.

Running the Classic in September might allow them to re-organise the timings, run races earlier on the Saturday and one round of night races in the evening, stop overnight, restart at breakfast time as the sun comes up.

AllezWasps

479 posts

130 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Truckosaurus said:
I can't see them running the LMC before the LM24 as they'd draw too big a crowd.

Running the Classic in September might allow them to re-organise the timings, run races earlier on the Saturday and one round of night races in the evening, stop overnight, restart at breakfast time as the sun comes up.
The chances of me making it in September will diminish as I’ve now had the Laon Historique moved from May to September and of course there’s the Goodwood Revival.

cn7k7

75 posts

108 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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AllezWasps said:
The chances of me making it in September will diminish as I’ve now had the Laon Historique moved from May to September and of course there’s the Goodwood Revival.
Loan is a new one on me, think I’ll take a trip to that one....maybe on the way back from Circuit des Remparts

AllezWasps

479 posts

130 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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cn7k7 said:
Loan is a new one on me, think I’ll take a trip to that one....maybe on the way back from Circuit des Remparts
I went for the first time 2 years ago with a few friends- thoroughly enjoyed it. It was different because the central theme is you driving your car over the weekend which for me was quite novel as I normally drive to an event, park up and then at the end of it, 2 or 3 days later, drive home again!

delta0

1,350 posts

70 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Truckosaurus said:
I can't see them running the LMC before the LM24 as they'd draw too big a crowd.

Running the Classic in September might allow them to re-organise the timings, run races earlier on the Saturday and one round of night races in the evening, stop overnight, restart at breakfast time as the sun comes up.
It makes absolute sense they would do this. I think it will be on 11th/12th September

Jon TVR

236 posts

184 months

Thursday 4th March
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Just seen that the dates have been moved to August!

What are people's views/insights on whether it will be behind closed doors again.

Really want to get excited but thinking its a bit too early?


Jon

rev-erend

20,899 posts

248 months

Thursday 4th March
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They took their time with that decision..

My guess with the way the vaccination program is going in France is a limited number of spectators
and they may limit those numbers heavily.

Truckosaurus

8,229 posts

248 months

Thursday 4th March
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Yes, who knows... Could be anything from locals only, French only, Schengen Area only, etc.

I was just thinking yesterday, if we Brits can't travel for whatever reason then someone could be onto a nice earner by running a 'British Le Mans' event with camping and a big screen (plus beer tent etc) over here somewhere.

Ben Lowden

3,009 posts

141 months

PH Marketing Bloke

Thursday 4th March
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Official update here on LM24 moving to August 21-22: https://www.fiawec.com/en/news/the-24-hours-of-le-...

Waiting for the right moment to change this thread title to '2021 – get excited!' hehe

LM240

3,515 posts

182 months

Thursday 4th March
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Great news it isn’t automatic behind closed doors. Not ideal being on my wife’s birthday though!

However, I’m still going with only a 30% chance it will not be behind closed doors at the moment.

We will see.

Going to allow the vouchers to refund from last year and buy a couple of entry tickets just in case. Will gamble on grandstand nearer the time if looking good. Not going to book any accommodation or ferry yet either.

Truckosaurus

8,229 posts

248 months

Thursday 4th March
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Pierre Fillon (head of the ACO) has said upon Twitter that it would be 'unthinkable' to run behind closed doors for a second year.

I can't see the UK blocking foreign holidays in August, the proles would riot and Boris' posh mates would want to go to their second homes in Tuscany etc.

LM240

3,515 posts

182 months

Thursday 4th March
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Truckosaurus said:
Pierre Fillon (head of the ACO) has said upon Twitter that it would be 'unthinkable' to run behind closed doors for a second year.
‘Therefore doing everything we can to avoid that happening’

Date change decision from traditional date just to increase the chances, not a guarantee of normal running.

I think at best any spectators will be limited.

AllezWasps

479 posts

130 months

Thursday 4th March
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Hopefully there will be some news re the Classic soon.
Given it normally runs a few weeks after the 24 then second weekend of September is looking likely- unless of course the whole thing gets postponed again!

FredericRobinson

2,341 posts

196 months

Thursday 4th March
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The middle of August has the potential to be jolly warm

Tyre Smoke

17,102 posts

225 months

Thursday 4th March
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September was glorious last year.

Leithen

7,413 posts

231 months

Thursday 4th March
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School summer hols...

Just need to convince Mrs L that it’s an excellent family adventure...

Tyre Smoke

17,102 posts

225 months

Thursday 4th March
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Leithen said:
School summer hols...

Just need to convince Mrs L that it’s an excellent family adventure...
No. No it isn't. Wife and kids will be bored rigid.

delta0

1,350 posts

70 months

Thursday 4th March
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AllezWasps said:
Hopefully there will be some news re the Classic soon.
Given it normally runs a few weeks after the 24 then second weekend of September is looking likely- unless of course the whole thing gets postponed again!
I’ve been digging through the French news and they suggested Classic could also occur just before Le Mans. They refer to other events occurring at the circuit. It does appear the Le Mans event has moved to when the Velo was scheduled to occur so it is also possible it could displace an event already occurring.