Thursday, 29 April 2010

Encyclopedia of Le Mans 24 hours

Well, I have gone and done it. Not sure if my wife reads this, but if she does, I just hope she'll understand. I have ordered the new "L'Encyclop├ędie des 24 Heures du Mans" from Le Mans Racing. It comes out on July 12th and shows a picture of every car ever to have competed in the classic race. It seems to be an update of Tesseidre and Moity's previous publication, which went from 1923 to 1993, brought up to the present with the addition of a third volume.

It can be collected (according to the website) from the circuit during the 2010 Le Mans Classic meeting, saving the postage costs

Apparently some of the gaps in the original will be filled, as well as some of the non-qualifiers from races.

I am not sure it will be worth the price, but I'll maybe update the blog when it arrives. But it is the sort of thing that I should have, and with such things it is often better to get in the queue early. As I said, we'll see. I'm really rather excited about it though.

It has been a quiet month this month - we had our family holiday in Portugal disrupted by the air travel ban caused by the volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Audi (predictably) ran away and hid at the eight hour race at Paul Ricard (Le Castellet). What with all the palaver of getting home from Portugal (and recovering my car from Guildford Audi, where it had spent the duration having its water pump replaced) I never got around to getting into any of the analysis, save to note that the R15-plus was capable of 31 laps on a tankful of fuel, whereas the Oreca Peugeot could manage 33. Although I've said before that speed will always beat economy, that might be an interested pointer for Le Mans in June.

And May will be mad. As my DSC column for April will describe. Sportscar races all over the place.

Including the 24 hours of the N├╝rburgring, which will be my first race of the year. Can't wait. Hope the R8 water pumps are more reliable than those on the S4.

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