I have a confession to make. I collect Andy Blackmore’s spotter guides at every event or opportunity I get. So far I’ve got keepsake souvenirs from ALMS races at Long Beach, Laguna Seca, Lime Rock, etc. His latest release for the 24 hours of Le Mans is incredible, consisting of three pages full of info and of course race cars. Spotter guides are super useful for marshals at identifying cars to be called in to race control, whether they spun or crashed, or caused an incident. But they are beautiful memorabilia to keep for any fan.
Download the FREE 2013 Le Mans 24 spotter guide on Andy Blackmore’s web site: http://www.spotterguides.com/
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Just a week before my flight to France I have received an acceptance letter to marshal the 24 hours of Le Mans at the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe. Normally I would start the post with “Woo Hoo Got Accepted to…” but the mood is still somewhat dampened by last weekend’s escapades and the fact that none of my travel plans for Le Mans in France and the British Grand Prix in the UK are complete. I have never been so ashamed of myself as I am now with my piss poor planning for this massive series of events. Of course there are things that were beyond my control and that are still incredibly frustrating, like my SNCF train tickets for TGV and Eurostar being lost in the mail and still in limbo whether to buy another way or continue to wait with hope against hope that they will ultimately show up before my flight. Its not easy.
Getting into Le Mans was also not easy. For anyone considering doing the event, as I’m sure many would hold this race as a pinnacle of their marshalling career, be aware that its more difficult to apply for than Formula 1. In my case, by leaps and bounds more difficult. But its not impossible. So if interested, pursue it!
I’m not sure what my Internet situation will be once in Europe so updates will probably be limited, but I am looking forward to enjoying my experience to the fullest once I arrive. Despite still having holes in the transportation and accommodation department. It will be an expensive trip but one that I know I will want to repeat in the future. Stay tuned!
I don’t think there’s an automotive enthusiast out there that doesn’t know what the 24 hours of Le Mans is all about. My goal for 2013 is to marshal this race and so far the road to le Mans has been full of uncertainty.
But, like many other races I’ve done over my short marshaling career, this one is a priority. I’ve been quite fortunate making contacts over the past few races with people that have either done the 24hr enduro or will be doing it again next year, those contacts have been excellent. Similarly, people on the ten-tenths.com forums, complete strangers, have been offering useful advice which I hope will materialize into my participation there.
One of the most interesting attractions of working this race for me is not just trying to pretend I speak French, but exposure to some amazing technology, like the teaser about Green GT
I’m a huge fan of green technology – the whole hybrid idea, and would love to see this in action, whatever it actually is. Reading the history of Le Mans its fascinating to know that the series first saw KERS in use ten years before Formula 1 adopted the idea, technology brought to the game by the ALMS founder Don Panoz. I’m sure whatever 2013 holds in store will be historic. Hopefully I’ll be there. More info about Le Mans: www.lemans.org