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Le Mans Classic, 8th edition, will be held on 8, 9 and 10 July 2016. This is the announcement made Tuesday on the occasion of a conference held for Retromobile in Paris.
 
Le Mans Classic gives now-and-already go to all classic car enthusiasts on 8, 9 and 10 July 2016 on the Grand Circuit 24 Hours of Le Mans.
 
Created in 2002 by Peter Auto in association with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, Le Mans Classic offers a great retrospective of the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours. Praised in its first edition, the event has continued to establish its reputation over the editions to establish itself as a must-expected every two years by the public and participants.
 
Last July, more than 110 000 spectators had found their way in Sarthe to admire nearly 500 race cars on the track and 8000 vintage cars in general enclosure specially designed to accommodate 180 clubs representing 80 brands! At the center of this great automotive festival village entertainment and exhibition visitors immersed in the magic of the story.
 
In 2016, many new features are planned. They will be announced in the current of the next 17 months... 

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Nick, 

The booking details (campsite, entry, grandstands, cost, etc) will be promulgated late Autumn/early Winter on this site and also in The Courier.  Fear not, you will not miss the notices, and then it just becomes sorting out ferries and wondering why their prices have gone up so dramatically (dynamic pricing based on demand I suspect).

Dick

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The trick with the ferries is to book ASAP, but usually they start taking bookings 6-9 months in advance.

 

Just checked and I suspect the favoured portsmouth-le havre crossing is going to be unreasonably pricey. A few years ago, £100, last time nearer £200 but that was DFDS. Seems only Brittany do that crossing, and I fully expect it to cost £250-300. Newhaven-dieppe should be £120ish on a 5 day trip. And similar drive times in France. Folkstone/Dover is 100 miles the wrong direction for me, so will not be considered.....

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GROUP C RACING AND PETER AUTO JOIN FORCES!

The Group C Racing Association and Peter Auto are combining their know-how. In 2016, the grid will be present at each of the circuits on the French organiser’s calendar.

 

Peter Auto, which already has four remarkable historic racing grids, Classic Endurance Racing, Sixties’ Endurance, Trofeo Nastro Rosso and the Heritage Touring Cup, is widening its horizons even further with the arrival of Group C Racing in 2016. Up to now the sports prototypes of the 80s were invited to certain events like Spa-Classic and the Dix Mille Tours on an occasional basis. Henceforth, these incredible cars will be present at each event on the calendar as the Group C Racing Association and Patrick Peter have decided to unite their forces with the avowed intention of putting together a field of 25 cars on the European circuits – among them the Le Mans 24 Hours at Le Mans Classic!

 

 

LEGENDARY CARS!

 

In force from 1982 to 1993, the Group C regulations led to the creation of legendary cars that wrote some of the most glorious pages in the history of the Le Mans 24 hours and the Endurance World Championship. In the early years the Porsche 956s dominated despite stout resistance from the Lancia LC2s. Then the competition gradually became stronger with the momentum generated by the arrival of Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda when it reached its apogee. In addition to the major manufacturers, constructors like Cougar, Dome, Rondeau, Spice and WM were able to shine thanks to a clever interpretation of the very liberal regulations based on strict fuel consumtion limits. The fabulous Group C epoch ended in the early 90s after a brief period of cohabitation with the 3.5 sports prototypes (Peugeot 905, Jaguar XJR-14, Toyota TS010, etc.). It remains a true golden era for many endurance specialists.

 

 

LE MANS CLASSIC WITH THE GROUP C!

 

With their modern looks, their windscreens like fighter plane canopies, their doors in elytron and their huge rear wings, the Group Cs hold an irrestible fascination for people of all ages; they are still capable of performances very close to those of the present-day prototypes, as their top speeds exceed 300 km/h! They will certainly be the stars of the Peter Auto meetings whose 2016 calendar will be announced at the end of September and will include not-to-be-missed events like Spa-Classic, the Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or, the Dix Mille Tours and Le Mans Classic!

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Well I,ve just booked my ferry trip with Britany Ferries the usual boring 8hrs overnight from portsmouth to le havre on the wed night arriving thurs, am, I am sure I could row quicker? and returning mon. early evening. Cost £208 inc, reserving 2 lounge seats on way out, good news they only wanted £35 deposit and balance next may so I use my state pension for something useful.

 

martin

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I see a lot of people use the ferry crossings - maybe departure location is better - but has anyone used the Channel Tunnel? I can't remember the last time I went on a ferry to Europe, although I do live closer to the Channel Tunnel than, say, Portsmouth. Just wondered why the ferry was the favoured method..?

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If booked far enough in advance the tunnel isn't any more expensive than the ferry (in fact I usually find the tunnel cheaper - certainly compared to the Dover Calais ferry route).  Understand re driving distance though. Will see what my other crew mates want to do when we book!

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If you plan to go by Chunnel, perhaps you need these:

 

ADMIN - Embedded link deleted following complaints - ADMIN

 

JOhn

 

They wouldn't get in my GT6.

 

Well they might, but one smell of the 40 year old carpets and they'd scarper!

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Hi guys, a new member (but long-tern Stag owner) here. Me and a few fellow Stag owners usually stay in the Masion Blanc camp-site but the facilities there are getting worse year on year. This year we thought we might try your trip. Could someone give us a heads-up on the facilities at Tertre Rouge as we're also exploring possibilities elsewhere..... Also, we prefer the Portsmouth-Cern ferry as its a shorter drive (in France) is that an option? Thanks

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Assuming that the guys at HQ manage to arrange the normal setup.

 

Additional portable shower block  / toilet block, giving about 10 showers and 10 toilets I think.

 

Communal area for members with televisions showing things...

 

Burger van (Sounds bad, it isn't, the guys who ran it the last 2 times work like dogs and the food is really good)

 

Security on gate to hopefully keep riff-raff out.

 

Own access gate into circuit (well one not really used by anyone else, but it could be)

 

Good viewing from the communal area.

 

Being inside the track it only take a few minutes and you are alongside the track or at the Dunlop Bridge.

 

Cheers

 

Colin

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Thanks for that info Colin - other options we've seen are much more expensive and outside the circuit. To be honest, we only discovered Tetre Rouge campsite last year by taking a ride on the land-train - and we were actually expecting to go under the circuit rather than up the hill! Anyway, thanks again. And, btw "Hello" Pete its Andy with the Damson, American Stag. Thanks for your reply and sorry, I've not been able to make it along to a meeting in ages.... But, I have joined the club! Andy

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Hi all

 

I've been wanting to go to the Le mans classic for years and next year I am determine to go, Cars still in lots of bits but plenty of time yet. I live in Eltham SE London so looking at the booking options was initially thinking of Dover Calais, but also considering Portsmouth Caen, whats your experiences thoughts?

 

Thanks  Mark

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Just noticed, at http://www.lemansclassic.com/language/en/grids/ 'coz I missed Kevin's post, that there is a SEVENTH grid this time.  Group C cars, from 1982-1993.

 

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!  

If there was one event that would make Bert Smeets get out the TR8 Turbo Le Mans, it's ..... Le Mans.  

But until now the grids have stopped at 1979, so there has been no opening for him.

They allow a Seventh grid, and miss out 1980/81!

It's a conspiracy I tell you!

 

John

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Andy, don't fret about the car. I have been in a modern at least once. Not an issue, in fact one year it was a blessing with air-con! OK, I had better duck for cover, but realistically a modern is better if it is a dash down the autoroute and back. Once there the car rarely moves. Well, that is my experience. (I have also scrounged lifts around the circuit, usually after a few beers!)

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Just noticed, at http://www.lemansclassic.com/language/en/grids/ 'coz I missed Kevin's post, that there is a SEVENTH grid this time.  Group C cars, from 1982-1993.

 

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!  

If there was one event that would make Bert Smeets get out the TR8 Turbo Le Mans, it's ..... Le Mans.  

But until now the grids have stopped at 1979, so there has been no opening for him.

They allow a Seventh grid, and miss out 1980/81!

It's a conspiracy I tell you!

 

John

I wonder which grids they will cut to allow time fro the Group C cars?

 

Perhaps drop to 2 races per grid that are a bit longer?

 

Drop a race for just the older cars?

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