First time and going solo...

First time and going solo...

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Billy2008

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2 posts

1 month

Friday 22nd October
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Trying to tick this one off my bucket list by visiting the 2022 event. Planning to for the full week, but still searching for information on campsite opening dates, also I'll be traveling/campervaning solo but ticket sites I've browsed have a condition that 2 GA tickets must be purchased to buy a camping pitch, is there anyway around this? (don't mind paying the extra £92 but it does seem a waste).

Recommendations are welcome for the quieter infield campsites if there is any...


FredericRobinson

2,513 posts

203 months

Friday 22nd October
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Prior to Covid the ACO sites opened on the Sunday before, nothing has been said yet on next year. Ticket agencies always want to sell 2 entry tickets per camping pass, buying direct from the ACO should get you round that, but they don’t seem to sell tickets to all the sites, so if you’ve one in mind it’s easiest to go via an agency and swallow the extra cost. I’ve sold on spare tickets on here and outside the gates of the track in the past if you want to get some cash back it’s possible.

Billy2008

Original Poster:

2 posts

1 month

Friday 22nd October
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Thanks for that Frederic, excuse my ignorance, Just googled ACO... how do I identify which are ACO sites and I presume you have to a ACO member to purchase tickets from them....Thanks again

FredericRobinson

2,513 posts

203 months

Friday 22nd October
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If you Google 'public circuit run campsites at Le Mans' you'll geta list of the ACO run sites, the easiest, most reliable and expensive way of buying tickets on these sites is through an agency, it's also possible to buy direct from the ACO but several sites never appear for sale directly from their website.

There are also privately run sites, such as Team Langoustine, Travel Desitinations and the Pistonheads one, these are more expensive again, but have extra facilities, these usually open on the Wednesday, the ACO ones on the Sunday.

The private campsites will likely be quieter, but that's a relative term at Le Mans.

As for recomendations, every site will have someone putting in a good word for it, a lot will depend on what your budget is.

LM240

3,805 posts

189 months

Friday 22nd October
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All being normal;

Entry and camping tickets can be bought directly from ACO. Particularly for camping or grandstands, having an ACO membership will allow earlier booking on the popular options if you are also straight onto it when ticket sales start. Simple entry tickets can always be bought on the gate as worst case scenario.

I personally find the private campsites not very good value for money with what is offered and often with inflated ticket prices.

Always been an advocate of the off site options with plenty to choose from within a short range of the circuit. Camping, hotels or air b&b. Often offering nicer accommodation for less money than the ‘luxury’ camping.

FARP

119 posts

129 months

Friday 22nd October
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Have been to watch the race many times , I can thoroughly recommend traveling solo. For the very best experience can I suggest contacting the Le Mans Tourist board they are extremely helpful and deal with all your enquires regarding Entrance tickets, grand stand tickets and also on site and off site camp sites. Until recently there services were completely free although I believe they do now charge a small amount but far less than most other travel operators. Can’t recommend them highly enough.

cn7k7

104 posts

115 months

Sunday 24th October
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Hi Billy2008, which area are you from. In my experience it’s not difficult to find a like minded bunch to join either on the way or when yo arrive....Le Mansers are a committed and friendly bunch and quite happy to share time which people

As per previous response, all campsites will get a thumbs up from somebody as we all routinely return to our June ‘nesting’ positions. In my experience there are noticeable differences between the sites, I’ve stayed on pretty much all them over the last 40 years.

I’ve used an agent for tickets for 20:years now, yes it’s more expensive but they have to make a living and it ensures I get the site I want with ease and also without number restrictions.

Hope you enjoy it


Porkieboy

139 posts

144 months

Sunday 24th October
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I would suggest you look at all the agents and private sites, not all agents demand to sell two tickets it really is a matter of checking them out. Look at Beermontain website for a full list and some of the other sites which provide advice on campsites.

As for Private sites agin look at all the sites not all that are listed some offer solo traveller pitches and again dont iinsist on two tickets per pitch.

All i would say is do your research and find the best option which fits your individual needs.


wsn03

1,848 posts

72 months

Tuesday 26th October
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I have been in various scenarios.
For security (stuff being nicked), lack of hassle etc for a first attempt my recommendation would either be Lycian private site with them putting up a tent on Porsche Curves, or join a group.

With Lycian they have the lot - catering on site, decent bathrooms, trackside viewing, loads of help, bus to the stadium etc.

I used it once, and while not my ideal way of doing things if I was ever going on my own again I'd use them again - its one stop away from a trackside hotel, with a lot of hassle removed and much peace of mind.

I would consider using them as a starting base, then explore away. At some point you will decide what you want as an ideal set up and you can do that the next time. I discovered a remote site tucked away from it all and that became my place, but I did need to explore to reach that point.

Edited by wsn03 on Tuesday 26th October 14:37

LawrieC

319 posts

75 months

Tuesday 16th November
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Keep asking questions.

A lot depends on how you're travelling, your experience in camping, how far you want to walk, how much you have to spend and whether you like loud Danish Tecno at 4am