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Stevem5

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108 posts

92 months

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Tuesday 31st July 2012 quote quote all
Hi Guy's

Having done Le-mans for several years, missing it this year was the worst thing we did!

We like camping on Bleu Nord, but have never managed to get tickets from the ACO for the event. We have always had to purchase from outside agencies.

I have sent my usual request to the ACO, the replied saying that booking opens 6th November 2012 for ACO members.

Can anyone tell me the costs/benefits of ACO membership (will just be for Le Mans 24hr booking).

Also how many pitches/GA tickets can I get off one membership?

Thanks Guys

The Leaper

2,066 posts

93 months

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Tuesday 31st July 2012 quote quote all
ACO membership is €96 I think, maybe a little more for this year's renewal. You get priority ticketing for maybe a fortnight ahead of the gewneral public. I think that you can get up to 6 GE tickets and also the same tribune tickets, need to check. When the ACO website opens you may hope to get ACO tribune tickets but I've never made it...always get beaten to them by the "ACO family" the French etc, but I prefer La Sarthe anyway!

Being an ACO member gets you, the card holder and partner usually your spouse, into their tribune for showers, bars and brasserie but not into the seating area unless you have the tickets for that, and also into the newish special viewing area on the track inside past the Dunlop Bridge. I think that you can take a guest in there too at a price.

No doubt others will be along soon to confirm or hone this information.

I was an ACO member for three years but did not renew for this year as I knew I would not be able to go (major family reasons), but I do plan to renew again at 1 October.

R.

Oi U

167 posts

33 months

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Tuesday 31st July 2012 quote quote all
ACO membership gives discounts on all tickets but one is only allowed 2 tribune seats per membership.

Stevem5

Original Poster:

108 posts

92 months

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Wednesday 1st August 2012 quote quote all
Cheers for the replies, I am not fussed about seats.

But could I buy say 8 camping passes on one ACO membership?

billy no brakes

1,567 posts

152 months

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Wednesday 1st August 2012 quote quote all
You can only buy 1 camping pass
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Nick M

3,428 posts

110 months

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Wednesday 1st August 2012 quote quote all
billy no brakes said:
You can only buy 1 camping pass
Is that one discounted camping pass (plus other normal priced ones), or one camping pass full stop ?

Or is that one camping pass in the ACO Area - think they had a 'special' ACO campsite where I can understand them needing to control the numbers of tickets per person.

billy no brakes

1,567 posts

152 months

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Wednesday 1st August 2012 quote quote all
Nick M said:
Is that one discounted camping pass (plus other normal priced ones), or one camping pass full stop ?

Or is that one camping pass in the ACO Area - think they had a 'special' ACO campsite where I can understand them needing to control the numbers of tickets per person.
One camping pass per member full stop

gt6

731 posts

72 months

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Wednesday 1st August 2012 quote quote all
This year I was forced to join the ACO in order to get a priority application in for tickets, I use nadine at the tourist office rather than the ACO but basicially the same process.
You get 6 discounted entry tickets and two discounted camping passes, but you can order more at full price, plus discounted stand tickets if you want them, although i have never bothered for the main 24 hour race.
This year i also got the same discounted tickets for the classic with free paddock etc included.
If your party are happy to share the total cost there is a saving and you and one other person(make sure you included wife/partner on ACO application) get access to certain area's.
massive saving on classic years and cost of membership is covered by discount on the other years. However this only works if you get the tickets direct from either the ACO or the tourist office, but if you are happy to pay the agencies higher prices then ACO membership is not worth it. I prefer to spend my money wisely and have always got the allocation I ask for the last 15 years. but I am aware that dealing with the ACO is not always easy so I suggest you try the tourist office they are much easier to deal with.

Great Dane

1,757 posts

53 months

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Thursday 2nd August 2012 quote quote all
I have been in touch with estelle at the aco.. she is very helpful

Stevem5

Original Poster:

108 posts

92 months

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Thursday 2nd August 2012 quote quote all
Cheers for the info guys!

It's a Toss up between ACO and Pistonheads enclosure, maybe leaning towards the Pistonheads at the moment!

Cheers!!!

Great Dane

1,757 posts

53 months

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Sunday 19th August 2012 quote quote all
My first year with aco - how does the booking system work?

vincegail

1,681 posts

42 months

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Monday 20th August 2012 quote quote all
As a member, you'll get notification when prioritized booking opens. This is around two weeks earlier than the vulgus, somewhere in november. At http://www.lemans.org/en/tickets you then can choose your event of choice (the main 24 hour race probably). Then you can get tickets for different categories: entrance tickets, campsites, grandstands. As a VIP or GOLD member you are allowed to buy some of the fancier tickets.

Tip:
arrange your account settings before that (name, password etc.) when you got you membership card + number.

Great Dane

1,757 posts

53 months

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Tuesday 4th September 2012 quote quote all
Where is the members' campsite?

vincegail

1,681 posts

42 months

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Tuesday 4th September 2012 quote quote all
Great Dane said:
Where is the members' campsite?
I think it is in square AP7:
http://images.pistonheads.com/nimg/25768/PH%20Frid...

Great Dane

1,757 posts

53 months

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Tuesday 4th September 2012 quote quote all
vincegail said:
great I hadn't seen this map - used old ones... previously stayed at Houx annexe... thinking of going to the aco camping... anyone with expeience of that??

Oi U

167 posts

33 months

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Tuesday 4th September 2012 quote quote all
Stayed in ACO this year. It's great for campervans but challenging for people with tents. It's basically a semi tarmaced car-park, but the facilities are good and so is the location relative to trams into town and supermarkets, plus security seems to be very good during the races.

Great Dane

1,757 posts

53 months

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Wednesday 5th September 2012 quote quote all
Oi U said:
Stayed in ACO this year. It's great for campervans but challenging for people with tents. It's basically a semi tarmaced car-park, but the facilities are good and so is the location relative to trams into town and supermarkets, plus security seems to be very good during the races.
can you get pegs down??

Oi U

167 posts

33 months

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Wednesday 12th September 2012 quote quote all
Great Dane said:
Oi U said:
Stayed in ACO this year. It's great for campervans but challenging for people with tents. It's basically a semi tarmaced car-park, but the facilities are good and so is the location relative to trams into town and supermarkets, plus security seems to be very good during the races.
can you get pegs down??
Had to get heavy duty steel pegs and a steel mallet to get through the tarmac.

Great Dane

1,757 posts

53 months

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Oi U said:
Had to get heavy duty steel pegs and a steel mallet to get through the tarmac.
Shame we will stay put at annexe then thanks

DS240

1,820 posts

105 months

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Wednesday 12th September 2012 quote quote all
Currently deciding whether to actually get two memberships, but it just seems a bit of a waste for the return on it.

I want to buy 4 seats in the ACO stand, which one membership wouldn't allow you do.

Managed to sample the ACO stand to see what it was like compared to the others, and it certainly does make things a little better being able to just go back and use the loos or get food without having to leave the stand.

In addition... Anyone bought the pitwalk ticket? Worth it?



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