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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-09-2011, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Tribute to 1970 Le Mans

Done with slot cars, stop motion and a catchy pop song (song in French). Saw on another forum and appreciate the work that went into it.

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Nice video, and well done.

Visions of Steve McQueen are set in motion in my head. I think I'll have to pop that DVD in this weekend.

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Cool stuff... "This is actually the second such video from Mr. Gionata. Back in 2008, he did one about the glory days of Daytona called "Che cosa ci fai a Daytona?" (What are you doing in Daytona?). Apparently what he was doing in Daytona was playing with tilt-shift."

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The movie "Le Mans" starring Steve McQueen features footage from the actual 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
-Race sequences only. Part 1 of 2:

Part 2 of 2:

The Mazda 787 and its derivative 787B were Group C sports prototype racing cars built by Mazda for use in the World Sportscar Championship, All Japan Sports Prototype Championship, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1990 to 1991. Designed to combine a mixture of the Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA) Group C regulations with the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) GTP regulations, the 787s were the last Wankel rotary-powered racing cars to compete in the World and Japanese championships, using Mazda's R26B engine.
Although the 787 and 787B lacked the single lap pace of World Championship competitors such as Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Porsche, as well Japanese Championship competitors Nissan and Toyota, the Mazdas had reliability which allowed them to contend for their respective championships. The reliability of the cars eventually paid off in 1991 when a 787B driven by Johnny Herbert, Volker Weidler, and Bertrand Gachot went on to victory in the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans. This remains as of 2011 the only victory by a Japanese marque as well as the only victory by a car not using a reciprocating engine design. The 787B is powered by a four-rotor rotary 2.6 liter engine with a maximum power output of 900 hp, which was limited to 700 hp @ 9000 rpm during the race for longevity.
This year marked the 20th anniversary of that Le Mans win, and to celebrate that victory, Mazda restored the original winning 787B and was driven on the Circuit de la Sarth just a few hours before this year's 79th running of the race.

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That was awesome. No paddle shifters for these guys, apparently. The 24 hrs of Le Mans must be an unbelievably exhausting race.
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