Who won, the first time you went?

Who won, the first time you went?

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Matt Harper

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Wednesday 10th February
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swiveleyedgit said:
Ickx and Oliver, I was 16 at the time. Been a couple of dozen times since, and enjoyed it every time.
Wow! Now we're talking! In a GT40/Ford GT, back in the summer of........

Matt Harper

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Wednesday 10th February
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stemll said:


Ha! Look at plumy John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute...

Lovey1

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146 months

Wednesday 10th February
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I was 16 at the time. i have only missed 4 since (incl. 2020)

swiveleyedgit

2,236 posts

234 months

Wednesday 10th February
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Matt Harper said:
swiveleyedgit said:
Ickx and Oliver, I was 16 at the time. Been a couple of dozen times since, and enjoyed it every time.
Wow! Now we're talking! In a GT40/Ford GT, back in the summer of........
1969 I vaguely recall, Le Mans for the first time and Led Zeppelin 1 on my new 'hifi' system, not a bad year.

Matt Harper

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Wednesday 10th February
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Lovey1 said:

I was 16 at the time. i have only missed 4 since (incl. 2020)
'84 "Economy Race" - was it this one where Reinhold Joest said, "The faster we go, the less fuel we use", or was that '85?

TypeR

977 posts

204 months

Wednesday 10th February
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Matt Harper said:




Guess the year.....
‘81 or ‘82 I guess?
My first Le Mans was ‘87. I’ve been about 20 times since. I stopped going after the Audi diesels started sounding like vacuum cleaners as they went past.

Matt Harper

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Friday 12th February
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TypeR said:
‘81 or ‘82 I guess?
My first Le Mans was ‘87. I’ve been about 20 times since. I stopped going after the Audi diesels started sounding like vacuum cleaners as they went past.
Correct -1981. Went to every race after that until 2002, as I'd recently relocated to the USA. I started going again (from the US) in 2005 until 2017 when they wouldn't let us in with our beer coolers. Frankly, the 'Audification' of Le Mans was already taking it's toll on my willingness to do an 8000 mile round trip to stare at the back of a hospitality tent, where I used to watch the race from.

I also had the distraction of the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the wonderful Mobil 12 Hours of Sebring both of which are less than 2 hours away from where I now live. That said, I have some utterly fantastic memories from my Le Mans experiences, which I wouldn't have missed for anything.

stemll

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165 months

Friday 12th February
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MCSV8 said:
1988. The result that enthused me to go in 1989.
Yup, me and my Dad on Page and Moy Le Boat to Le Mans. 23 years before I went again in 2011 then did 7 in a row, the Classic in 2018, missed '19 and '20 everyone knows about.

rdjohn

4,876 posts

160 months

Monday 15th February
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Pironi - Jaussaud (1978)

Lovey1

230 posts

146 months

Monday 15th February
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Matt Harper said:
Lovey1 said:

I was 16 at the time. i have only missed 4 since (incl. 2020)
'84 "Economy Race" - was it this one where Reinhold Joest said, "The faster we go, the less fuel we use", or was that '85?
i think it was 85. However the entire Group C era was an economy race. I remember that at the end of the race I used to walk along all the refuelling rigs to see how much fuel each of the teams had used.

scalvini07

20 posts

96 months

Sunday 21st February
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1983,

Vern Schuppan, Hurley Haywood and Al Holbert in a Rothmans Porsche 956, chased all the way by Ickx and Bell in the sister car.

Car's was sliding everywhere, still remember it, like it was yesterday. As for the camping!!! at what is now Houx Annex, well i recall 1 x small wooden hut where everyone done their business, no showers or flushing toilets then, you can imagine the smell. The fair ground was just after the Dunlop bridge on the run down to Terte Rouge, The bearded lady, The lady in the snake pit, the tents where you paid a Franc to get in to watch the strippers, Sorry Guy and Gals little trip down memory lane, Ah good times.

anonymous-user

19 months

Sunday 21st February
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1987 Porsche Hans-Joachim Stuck, Derek Bell, Al Holbert..left me deaf for about a week after but the Mazda "wankle" engine sounded good........

The "fair" was awesome.. I remember the worlds fattest lady and the boxing booth very well............ it was also the 1st time I ever drove a go kart and ended up racing them not long after.

eta Oh and Win Percy taking flying lessons.

MrOvershoot

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2 months

Sunday 7th March
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Matt Harper

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Tuesday 9th March
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MrOvershoot said:


1989

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Monday 15th March
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Warwick, Dalmas and Blundell.

FIREBIRDC9

696 posts

102 months

Wednesday 17th March
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Porsche 919

Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber and Nico Hülkenberg, in 2015 smile

Awesome week!


stemll

2,532 posts

165 months

Monday 22nd March
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stemll said:


Sad news that we lost Johnny Dumfries today

https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/former-f1-driver...

Edited by stemll on Monday 22 March 17:34

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Tuesday 23rd March
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RIP Johnny.