Classic instead of 24h!

Classic instead of 24h!

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stemll

2,820 posts

171 months

Friday 12th November
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I have to say I hated the Classic when we went in 2018.

Length of the track, number of entrants and speed of the cars mean you spend most of the time staring at an empty track.

The short races also mean that there is no continuity and no "must go and see what happened overnight" when you wake up on Sunday morning.

Won't be going again but appreciate different people like different things. Still love the 24h though.

LM240

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3,805 posts

189 months

Friday 12th November
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stemll said:
I have to say I hated the Classic when we went in 2018.

Length of the track, number of entrants and speed of the cars mean you spend most of the time staring at an empty track.

The short races also mean that there is no continuity and no "must go and see what happened overnight" when you wake up on Sunday morning.

Won't be going again but appreciate different people like different things. Still love the 24h though.
Completely get the fact there really is no ‘winner’ at the classic. Completely removes what makes the 24hrs. But it’s a great chance to see great cars in a great place whilst enjoying everything about being in France.

It’s something different to give a go. Will probably feel annoyed I’m not at the 24hrs when it runs, but at the same time really looking forward to the classic with my dad and everything planned around it.

stang65

145 posts

108 months

Tuesday 16th November
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I've done the 24hr and the Classic in the past. The Classic is one of the best car shows I've been to, but it's not racing. If you're happy to see it as a moving car show it's worthwhile.

We went in 2012 when they had parade laps of Ferrari GTOs (I think 23 from memory) and that was the best race of the weekend....yes the parade laps were better than the actual races. There were 4/5 guys going for it and it was the only time all weekend there was close racing. Bear in mind that cars are grouped by age (how else would you do it?) and consider what challenge a Renault 4CV will put up to a D-type to get an idea of what the "racing" is like.

There's also a lot of down-time as they change the classes on rotation so have to bring in an entire field spread over the length on the track, form up another lot and get them on their way. Add in some of the "guff" like the kids cars (racing car equivalents of tot rods so I don't know what to call them) took ages for no entertainment benefit. They also did a fake Le Mans start with the drivers running across the track, which again took ages. This was even worse as despite being fake (they were supposed to reform for the race) there were accidents causing delays.

The Classic is all about the show. It's a great show. The 24hrs is a great race. That's my opinion of it.

LM240

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3,805 posts

189 months

Tuesday 16th November
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stang65 said:
I've done the 24hr and the Classic in the past. The Classic is one of the best car shows I've been to, but it's not racing. If you're happy to see it as a moving car show it's worthwhile.

We went in 2012 when they had parade laps of Ferrari GTOs (I think 23 from memory) and that was the best race of the weekend....yes the parade laps were better than the actual races. There were 4/5 guys going for it and it was the only time all weekend there was close racing. Bear in mind that cars are grouped by age (how else would you do it?) and consider what challenge a Renault 4CV will put up to a D-type to get an idea of what the "racing" is like.

There's also a lot of down-time as they change the classes on rotation so have to bring in an entire field spread over the length on the track, form up another lot and get them on their way. Add in some of the "guff" like the kids cars (racing car equivalents of tot rods so I don't know what to call them) took ages for no entertainment benefit. They also did a fake Le Mans start with the drivers running across the track, which again took ages. This was even worse as despite being fake (they were supposed to reform for the race) there were accidents causing delays.

The Classic is all about the show. It's a great show. The 24hrs is a great race. That's my opinion of it.
Completely understand your point of view.

Pretty much what I’m expecting. It’s a chance to do it before getting back into the 24hrs, as things get competitive again. Probably would never have done it, or thought about missing the 24hrs without the two enforced Covid absences.

Looking forward to seeing some great cars. Not expecting amazing racing and any results are pretty meaningless. Mainly just a great trip away with my dad planned.

Tickets now secured and hotels/air bnb booked.