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You may notice a bit more Le Mans Series and Intercontinental Le Mans Cup information on the 1:1 forum in the weeks ahead. That's because it's being sponsored by the Autosport 6 Hours of Silverstone, Britain's round of the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and Le Mans Series, which takes place on September 9-10-11.

2011 marks the 35th anniversary and 20th running of what is Britain's biggest international sports car race, and to mark this occasion we are delighted to announce that SlotForum members will be able to attend at significantly reduced prices:

3-Day ticket: £24 (Advanced booking price £29)
Sunday ticket: £18 (Advanced booking price £23, on-the-gate price £25)
Saturday ticket: £7 (Advanced booking price £12, on-the-gate price £16)

Children aged 15 and under are free of charge but must have tickets booked. A maximum of four children's tickets can be booked per adult.

Camping is available at £30 per adult and £10 per child for the three days.


To book your tickets call 0844 3728 260 and quote the code lms-slot to receive your SlotForum discount.



The Autosport 6 Hours of Silverstone will see the stars and cars of the Le Mans Series and Intercontinental Le Mans Cup do battle on the new Grand Prix circuit. Featuring a grid of 45 sports prototype and GT cars from Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Lola, Lotus, Peugeot and Porsche, with British drivers including Allan McNish, Andy Priaulx and Ben 'The Stig' Collins, it's going to be an all-action event.


Audi won Le Mans...


...but Peugeot has been faster in the 6 hour races so far


Darren and Anthony look forward to seeing you there!


McNish: Excited!

Just to complete the excitement, we've got together with SCX to create a major one-off slot racing tournament. With a massive 10 metre x 5 metre track and top prizes, we hope a significant number of racers will want to join in the fun - see the thread in the Events forum which is HERE!.

Alongside the main race there will be a support card featuring the Classic Endurance Racing series for Le Mans cars from 1966-1979 which regularly brings together such icons as the Howmet TX, Ford GT40, Ferrari Daytona, BMW M1, Rondeau 379, Gulf Mirage, McLaren M1 and Porsche 935 'Moby Dick' among the field.

With the stars of tomorrow also competing in the Euro F3 Series and 'junior LMPs' of the Speed Euro Series, the on-track action is just part of the experience. A full range of family entertainment off-track will keep everyone happy, including the 35th anniversary celebrations featuring winning cars and drivers through the years and a host of entertainment - more of which will be revealed soon.

So there you are: slot racers have loved Le Mans for a long, long time. Now Le Mans is returning some of the love - via SlotForum.

Stay tuned to the thread to find out more details.
 

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The 35th anniversary celebrations are coming together nicely. Among the cars confirmed so far we have:

1976 BMW 3.5 CSL - representing the car which won the inaugural Silverstone 6 Hours by a margin of just 1.3 seconds! Driven for four solid hours by John Fitzpatrick after co-driver Tom Walkinshaw had to charge off to Thruxton for a BTCC event following his opening stint, they claimed an unlikely victory in the big BMW after the mighty Porsche 935s were hobbled by reliability problems and the works BMW 3.2 CSL Turbo of Ronnie Peterson/Gunnar Nilsson retired.

The Kremer Porsche 935 of Bob Wollek and Hans Heyer put on a mighty charge to try and reclaim the lead, but fell short by the tiniest of margins to allow the British-entered BMW to take the flag.


John Fitzpatrick leads the Schnitzer BMW CSL in 1976


Appearing at Silverstone: this fabulous restored example.

Also in attendance will be a unique car in the history of the event, the race-winning 1980 de Cadenet LM4. The car was based on a Lola chassis with Brabham BT33 running gear and chassis tweaks by Gordon Murray, together with a Nicholson-prepared Cosworth DFV which had been used by Bruce McLaren to win the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix.

The under-funded British effort managed two wins in 1980 at Monza and Silverstone, both larely due to the raw speed of Desiré Wilson. After being penalised a lap for missing the Woodcote chicane, Desiré took off and drove the entire race at qualifying speed and faster, pulling back the deficit to take a famous home victory. With Alain de Cadenet sharing the driving duties, he became the only team owner/driver to have won the race to date.


The de Cadenet LM4 in 1980

Although Alain de Cadenet won't be able to join us due to prior commitments, we are delighted to say that Desiré has become the first winning driver to commit to coming back and joining in the celebrations at this year's race. She will be around for the opening of the landmark cars display, at least one autograph session and enjoying the 2011 race to the full.

And finally, while its latest generation of diesel-powered closed coupé claimed this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, Audi is looking back to its earlier successes by bringing the 2004 Silverstone-winning R8 for the 35th anniversary event. In its striking Veloqx colours, this is the car in which Allan McNish took the first victory in a 6 Hour/1000km event at Silverstone for 16 years.


British-entered Audi R8 brought McNish's first Silverstone win

More star cars and drivers are set to join in the 35th anniversary celebrations, we'll keep you posted on all the latest.
 

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Ant Davidson probably wont be racing at this, as he fell off his pushbike and broke his collarbone - karma
 

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A real coup for the 35th anniversary collection!

Porsche 956 chassis #001 will be taking its place alongside the 1976 BMW 3.5 CSL, 1979 Porsche 935 K3, 1980 de Cadenet LM4, 2004 Audi R8 and 2010 Peugeot 908 in the 'hall of fame' - and more are still coming!

This is the first of the many - designed and built in just nine months and making its debut at the 1982 Silverstone 6 Hours in the hands of Derek Bell and Jacky Ickx. They got her on pole position but a transmission glitch in the race saw the car stuck in 5th gear for most of the duration. This, combined with an unusally reliable performance from the Group 6 Lancia LC1 of Riccardo Patrese and Michele Alboreto, resulted in a second-place finish behind the whispy little Lancia, three laps down - but a class win nonetheless.

Having won the first Group C event, chassis 001 went into retirement, being taken to Le Mans as the T-car for the 1982 event and then being mothballed. In 1986 it was presented to Jacky Ickx as a gift when he retired from the works squad, and it spent several years in America before being bought by a British collector.

Here she is in her prime - and believe me, she looks just as good now!



 

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Also - Aston Martin Racing are bringing back 1 of their Lola-Coupes for the 1000km in place of the unreliable AMR-ONE


341 by edfahey, on Flickr
 

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So Big Al and I will be there for the weekend - any other forum guys planning on going?
 
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