Camping near the airport.....

Camping near the airport.....

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Genuine Barn Find

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153 months

Monday 4th February
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We’ve camped for years at Club Valan for the 24 hours. Very conveniently located outside the entrance to Le Mans airport. Unfortunately, the people running it have retired and the new owners have pulled out.

There is a campsite that is located next to ours - again, just after the exit to the airport.

Worth a punt..... does anyone know the name of the site/operators? Much appreciated in advance if anyone knows. If not, we will have to start a search for a new home

Genuine Barn Find

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Tuesday 5th February
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Question answered.

Output Flange

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149 months

Tuesday 5th February
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What was the answer?

Genuine Barn Find

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Tuesday 5th February
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No problem..... it’s run by the airport. 30 euros per night for 2 people on a pay as you go. It’s secure and there is a fab eatery that is set up next door where we’ve grabbed some lunch once back from the GBW. As mentioned, we stayed for years at Club Valan and 5 years ago they introduced the free bus shuttle that started from the site and dropped us at the entrance to the circuit. It was only a 20 minute walk into the centre of Arnage as well.

I have the contact details of the airport person if that helps anyone.

However, we’ve opted for the Village on the Curves this year. A change of scene to be based on track and still an easy amble into Arnage on the D92 (where we usually head on Thursday and Friday at some point). I can take or leave Le Mans centre on a Friday, but Arnage is always a must visit as we catch up with lots of people. Never done Friday night at the circuit though, so that might be an option if recommended?

tifatman

11 posts

92 months

Thursday 7th February
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Hiya GBF,

Yes I've been with Club Valan also for the last 5 years. (solo in the Defender/California). I didn't know the new crew had pulled out!
I'm homeless now. Leave booked and Chunnel too. Better get a shake on for new digs.
Do you have please the contact details of the pitch over the other side of the fence at the airport.
That pitch is ideal for me, again because I can cycle to Arnage in 10 mins
Do you post here with contact or via email. I wonder what will happen to the Valan pitch?

Cheers Alan
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tifatman

11 posts

92 months

Thursday 7th February
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Hiya GBF,

Yes I've been with Club Valan also for the last 5 years. (solo in the Defender/California). I didn't know the new crew had pulled out!
I'm homeless now. Leave booked and Chunnel too. Better get a shake on for new digs.
Do you have please the contact details of the pitch over the other side of the fence at the airport.
That pitch is ideal for me, again because I can cycle to Arnage in 10 mins
Do you post here with contact or via email. I wonder what will happen to the Valan pitch?

Cheers Alan

Genuine Barn Find

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Thursday 7th February
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No worries.....

Email Laurence Chaize on lchaize@lemans.cci.fr. He’s the contact at the airport. You can’t beat 30 euros per night for 2 people and a pitch. I’d have been happy to stay here too, but we fancied a change of scene, and Arnage centre looks to be about the same walk from village on the curves compared to club valan.

Shame it’s come to an end..... there were plenty of people I talked to who had stayed at Valan for years and years, and who will now need a new home.

I remember your defender as well!

tifatman

11 posts

92 months

Friday 8th February
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thanks..

Is that an Capital I for the start of the email address? I only ask because the chap is Laurence, just confirming.

Following on from your enquiries I too have contacted VOTC, and in comms with Joy from them. I'm curious about their set-up. Like the screen and marquee etc. Availability to purchase a beer and a spot of grub also looks good.

At the airport you mentioned, you found a good foody place, where was that please.

Cheers GBF for your help.

Making my mind up this weekend, cheers Alan

Genuine Barn Find

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Friday 8th February
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No worries,

It’s a small ‘l’

The eatery is right outside the airport entrance. It was their first year, but they will be there again. It was all fresh cooked/prepared local produce, beer and cheeses. We popped in after coming back from the GBW. The lunch was lovely and lined the stomach nicely ahead of the walk to Arnage.

village on the curves looks good. We are not taking the food package, but the prospect of private viewing, cheap quality beer and hot showers is too good to pass up. Le Mans circuit village is a short walk, as is Arnage, and we are well placed for a night shift stint at Arnage/Indianapolis (my favourite part of the circuit)

Genuine Barn Find

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153 months

Friday 8th February
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And a screen for the race duration is a bonus too!

Kev_Mk3

802 posts

33 months

Friday 8th February
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I always wondered how people camped at this site. Good to know

tifatman

11 posts

92 months

Friday 8th February
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GBF,

your fact finding is ace for me, ta.
Now I'm having to think about the pitch at the airport and new foody outlet or a new experience too at VOTC.
The airport is cheaper, but has no 'atmos', especially with the Valan clubhouse going. But the VOTC has the in track experience and seems to be along the same model as Club Valan.
I'm after some access to a phone charging point as well.

When the circuit is 'in race mode', how do you get out from the camping at VOTC and get to Arnage etc.

Cheers Al

Genuine Barn Find

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Friday 8th February
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Not 100% sure.
From memory, in 2017 the Land train stopped at the curves before heading up to Arnage/Indy
We do what we always do, go with the flow and we usually end up where we need to be. There will be plenty of people at the village who will help if you ask.

Porkieboy

131 posts

111 months

Yesterday (11:43)
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You can go through Beausejour or use the pedestrian access which comes out just before the bridge. VOTC also runs an two free minibus services from the site exclusive to clients on a half hourly service which drops at the technopark roundabout for access to the pits and also the tram station roundabout.which gives access not only to the trams but to Tertre Rouge.