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Le Mans Classic 2018

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wsn03

261 posts

24 months

Monday 31st July
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Voldemort said:
The CLM website said that 2016 was the best attended classic yet - 113,000 people through the doors, iirc. They don't break it down by day but I'd guess 1/6 of that number came on Friday, 3/6 (or half, if you prefer) on Saturday and the rest on Sunday. If you did Friday only you'd see all the cars that you wanted on track in their qualifying attempts, 99.9% of the exhibitors are on site and running and well over half of the 'privileged few' are littered around the site.

Conversely Saturday is rammed. The only things you get that you don't on Friday is the LeMans starts and some race laps and a virtually full complement of eligible cars in the club car parks. However this doesn't often increase the quality of eligible cars, just the quantity. And if you've seen one 911 you have, literally, saved yourself the bother of looking at 799 more of them.

That's really helpful thank you. I love classic stuff, but not the classic scene too much if that makes sense, seems to be a parade day for the incredibly wealthy. I hate that normal and decent motors become worth enough to pay off some countries national debts, all seems a bit screwed up.

The Friday sounds perfect. Short flight, train, day watching old stuff...then home for the start of the weekend.


gt6

1,013 posts

108 months

Tuesday 1st August
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Voldemort said:
I hope they're there again in 2018. That link was from 2016 - they were awesome to see.

https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0X5n8hH4dMHZm
As already stated, they were in a support race on the saturday in 2016 but not part of the classic itself. so only raced once early on saturday

stevewak

260 posts

53 months

Tuesday 1st August
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Random thoughts from a regular:

Many French go for one day - the Saturday. You get some very smart people there from Paris and family weekend houses.

I have never seen dress code enforced but - as above - it's not the usual unwashed, football shorts and 1978 Renault Le Mans T shirt brigade.

I have parked inside most times (behind main grandstands) and not have had any issues with traffic. You do need to get the lie of the land and the hang of the little roundabout by the exhibition centre which may/may not lead onto a bypass and next stop Geneva. .

Paddock pass essential. A VIP package advisable.

The Gp C race was very good - worth getting into the circuit on Saturday morning for that.

They usually run the races in year order and start at 4pm. So the pre-War stuff starts first. If you like GT40s, Porsche 935s etc it's a long wait and the modern Porsches and Renaults might not appear until after midnight. You go back to your hotel and then when you get to the circuit again... it's the pre-War cars. So if, like me, you've had enough at lunchtime on Sunday, you do tend to see the same races again and again.

Driving out at 2pm on Sunday is a doddle.

It attracts more of a 'hotel' crowd, like Goodwood. They will all be booked now. Just looked at an Ibis in Le Mans - £1787.60 for two nights...

The 'racing' is not like Goodwood Revival. It's the spectacle and the sight of rare cars racing on the original(ish) circuit you go for. I once watched Johnny Herbert drive a (hot) D-type - at the end of the first lap he was about 30 secs in the lead.

A one day trip might be Saturday: Gp C race, look around paddocks, watch until 01:00am then drive away to a pre-booked hotel some 50-60 miles away.

Hope this helps.



Calza

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1,335 posts

38 months

Tuesday 1st August
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Thanks for the info.

Plan is actually to camp over on the Saturday night!

K50 DEL

7,396 posts

151 months

Monday 13th November
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wsn03 said:
Voldemort said:
I’ve been to five classics and am happy to pass on such knowledge and wisdom as I possess on the subject.
What a post! Thanks for typing all that, brilliant insight. Im toying with the classic myself at some point in the future
I'll second that... I'm ending a big Euro road trip with 3 days at the LMc in 2018 (my first ever time to LM) I'm hoping to book with PH and end up camping with some folk who know more than me and will enjoy a beer or two but any and all advice for a solo traveller is greatly appreciated.

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Ranger 6

5,428 posts

172 months

Tuesday 14th November
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All very useful info. Please keep it coming.

I'm going with a couple of friends and will be staying in Le Mans itself. We're all quite close to motorsport events and are treating it more like a boys weekend in Le Mans with a bit of classic activity to watch.

Some of the group are flying in to Paris and train from there, I'm taking the Eurostar and then to Le Mans from Lille. We will be using the tram to get to the circuit and also spending some time exploring the restaurants and bars in the town.

Any more info/suggestions would be most welcome.

lowdrag

8,528 posts

136 months

Tuesday 14th November
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As one who lives here, if you haven't already been then you are really too late; the best days have sadly gone and I have been to them all. Partly the event is a victim of its own success, partly it is avarice and greed that has taken over from the passion. But here are a few tips if you are planning to go.

If you want to have a good day then internal parking is essential. If you are unsure if your car qualifies, then the LMC site gives a definition of cars that do. And don't forget that the cut-off date is for car in production a that date so if yours is one listed but a later year (for example a V12 1973 E-type) you can still get internal parking. They oversell the parking spots too, and in the last two events my particular spaces were already taken so beware.

Do pay for the paddock passes. You cannot see inside the paddocks from outside and the most enjoyable part for me is to wander round all the paddocks.

The dress code is observed in the breach. I have press passes and we have the same rules to adhere to, but my shorts and sandals have always got me where I want to go regardless.

As said, Saturday is the worst. Make it your rule to arrive at the circuit before 8.15am or else you will get caught in the jams, and I have seen too many cars steaming by the roadside. I try and get there for 7.30, do my rounds of the paddocks, then leave for home and a beer with my friends over lunch. I do not like paying £15 for a slice of pizza nor £7 a pint at the circuit. My route home take me along the ring road, and I have, at 11am, seen five miles of traffic at a standstill on the Saturday. Leaving Sunday afternoon can be as bad too.

Next year I plan to do as already mentioned. I'll go to the circuit on Thursday and Friday, but for the rest it will be lunches here and there, trips to Arnage and Mulsanne bars, and generally take in the atmosphere, watch cars passing, and talk to like-minded people. If you want to watch the racing, then Arnage and Mulsanne are probably the best.

Whatever your choice, I hope you enjoy the event.

rdjohn

2,482 posts

118 months

Yesterday (09:23)
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I got the impression that the quality of the grids had gone down in 2016 from previous years, especially grid 6.

Perhaps owners have been there, done that and got their T-shirts, and so are now just content with their investments.

wsn03

261 posts

24 months

Yesterday (13:27)
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lowdrag said:
As one who lives here, if you haven't already been then you are really too late; the best days have sadly gone and I have been to them all. Partly the event is a victim of its own success, partly it is avarice and greed that has taken over from the passion. .
Where else can I see the same impressive collection of cars if I don't go to Le Mans Classic?

If I do go it will just be for the Friday - see the whole mix out in practice in that day? That would be good enough for me, just a chance to see a load of classic cars at Tetre Rouge and on the Mulsanne straight.

Edited by wsn03 on Monday 20th November 13:46

Calza

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1,335 posts

38 months

Yesterday (13:57)
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We found a beautiful Chateaux in the end, about an hour from the circuit. Pictured with an xj220 outside so I think some petrol heads have been there before!

Getting a little worried about the camping situation now. The plan of drive in Saturday, mince around camp etc then drive out Sunday is sounding more difficult!