2021 - Don't get too excited

2021 - Don't get too excited

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hunter 66

3,355 posts

185 months

Wednesday 21st April
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Just Entered the Peter Auto , season , including support race for Le Mans , so hopefully all will go ahead but not sure full season will as expecting a 3 rd wave here as well . Anyway we take a risk strapping in the car ,
.Life is risk , just carefully assessed

lowdrag

11,357 posts

178 months

Wednesday 21st April
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Then Peter, may I be the first to congratulate you on your decision and wish you the very best on the circuits.

LM240

3,535 posts

183 months

Wednesday 28th April
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Any updates from France, any rumours circulating in Le Mans regarding the race situation?

All gone a bit quiet about France on the news.

lowdrag

11,357 posts

178 months

Wednesday 28th April
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Jesus, I have no idea what's going on and nor do my friends. The transporter arrived yesterday to take my XKSS to Nantes so the Jaguar dealership could put it on display for a charity event on the 8th May. Yesterday the prefect cancelled the event. At the moment here at Le Mans I am allowed to travel 6 miles as the crow flies, except that for sport it is 18 miles. Will the bars open? You tell me. Will the restaurants open? Ditto. Will there be spectators in August? Gawd knows. Our caterer at the golf course is now able to take orders for sandwiches to take out and you can buy a coffee. But you must wear a mask and stay outside, ordering with your mobile phone. That's as far as I can say for now,

slartibartfast

3,898 posts

166 months

Wednesday 28th April
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Thanks for the update Lowdrag, not looking likely but I'm still keeping fingers crossed.

Ramona

148 posts

121 months

Thursday 29th April
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Some updated news on the situation in France, from the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56934746.

Not really clear how this will impact the 24H.

LM240

3,535 posts

183 months

Thursday 29th April
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Ramona said:
Some updated news on the situation in France, from the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56934746.

Not really clear how this will impact the 24H.
Pretty positive I’d say.


ellroy

6,520 posts

190 months

Thursday 29th April
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Just read that, sounds very positive to me.

lowdrag

11,357 posts

178 months

Friday 30th April
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31,500 new cases 300 deaths. I don't see that as a positive thing, even if you do. It is still illegal to travel abroad from the UK anyway.

3rd May. Travel restriction inside France lifted. Schools reopen

19th May. The curfew at 7pm goes up to 9pm. Outside events limited to 1,000 people. We can eat outside at restaurants with a maximum of six people at one table.

9th June. Curfew up to 11pm and outside events up to 5,000 with a health pass

30th June. Curfew discontinued. Number of people at events a bit confused. What I am reading says that, still with a health pass, you can take part in outside events of more than 1,000 people. London Marathon style perhaps? No mention of the 5,000 limit being raised, but I assume so.

The first cases of the Indian strain have been found in France. The 30th June is a symbolic and sacred date for the French because July 1st marks the start of the mass exodus for the holidays. This lasts two months with France returning to more or less normal from the 1st September. We shall have to see if the same happens as last year when Covid took off again at a rapid pace. So in my book we are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel but just a glimmer for now. Fingers crossed. I haven't seen my family for two years now.


LM240

3,535 posts

183 months

Friday 30th April
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lowdrag said:
31,500 new cases 300 deaths. I don't see that as a positive thing, even if you do. It is still illegal to travel abroad from the UK anyway.

3rd May. Travel restriction inside France lifted. Schools reopen

19th May. The curfew at 7pm goes up to 9pm. Outside events limited to 1,000 people. We can eat outside at restaurants with a maximum of six people at one table.

9th June. Curfew up to 11pm and outside events up to 5,000 with a health pass

30th June. Curfew discontinued. Number of people at events a bit confused. What I am reading says that, still with a health pass, you can take part in outside events of more than 1,000 people. London Marathon style perhaps? No mention of the 5,000 limit being raised, but I assume so.

The first cases of the Indian strain have been found in France. The 30th June is a symbolic and sacred date for the French because July 1st marks the start of the mass exodus for the holidays. This lasts two months with France returning to more or less normal from the 1st September. We shall have to see if the same happens as last year when Covid took off again at a rapid pace. So in my book we are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel but just a glimmer for now. Fingers crossed. I haven't seen my family for two years now.
I don’t think anyone was referring to active cases/deaths as positive.

Initial reaction was to the signs of opening up. But as you point out and with some reflection, whilst things aren’t fully controlled and vaccinations still slow, perhaps it could be seen as jumping ahead a bit.

The dates in particular seem to smack a bit of popular/political decision making.

Only time will tell whether it makes things worse or it is progressive and manageable. And what it all means for Le Mans attendance, who knows.



surveyor

15,456 posts

149 months

Friday 30th April
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Had an email today which translates as this.

Q YOUR OPINION COUNTS!
TITLE LINE
The 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place on August 21 and 22.
We are working tirelessly to offer you the most beautiful event while respecting health constraints, and would like to hear your opinion on the new format envisaged.

As such, you are likely to be interviewed in the coming days by the company Qualimétrie to which we have entrusted the care of a survey.


We thank you in advance for the welcome you can give him, and we count on your kindness. Yes

Truckosaurus

8,282 posts

249 months

Friday 30th April
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They did something similar last year asking how likely you were to attend and what inconveniences you'd accept.

lowdrag

11,357 posts

178 months

Friday 30th April
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I have seen them cleaning the pig pens on the site of the Salon des Expositions opposite. That might be something to do with it wink

FredericRobinson

2,362 posts

197 months

Friday 30th April
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The French government not saying 'non' at this point is about as positive as it can get at this point, if the ACO are doing customer research next week it doesn't sound like the promised May announcement will be at the start of the month

LawrieC

299 posts

69 months

Friday 30th April
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I don't see the problem. M. Macron has released his exit roadmap, and its all going to be over by the end of June hehehehe

andyvdg

1,518 posts

248 months

Friday 30th April
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"....and what inconveniences you'd accept". Having camped at Le Mans for many years - basically all of them laugh

A little humour, if I may. Miss the place.

Tyre Smoke

17,177 posts

226 months

Saturday 1st May
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It's running in August, with or without fans.

https://www.autosport.com/le-mans/news/date-for-20...

ellroy

6,520 posts

190 months

Saturday 1st May
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ACO boss said there will be fans there earlier on, during the Spa 6hrs. Awaiting details....

Welshbeef

43,984 posts

163 months

Saturday 1st May
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ellroy said:
ACO boss said there will be fans there earlier on, during the Spa 6hrs. Awaiting details....
I heard this too - brilliant. Surely it’s really safe being outdoors and all that plus vaccination rates up.

LawrieC

299 posts

69 months

Saturday 1st May
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The good news is that any Brit over 30 should have both jabs by August, and those younger should have the first.

And good luck with XKSS, Lowdrag. I have an official XKSS T Shirt for Le Mans