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4cEvo2

Original Poster:

45 posts

28 months

Sunday 4th February
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Having been for the last five years, the last three with our eldest son who is 13, I said last year that in 2018 we would have our own Le Mans in the back garden with the tent set up and a tv out there as our youngest, who is absolutely Le Mans mad, is desperate to go but is only six years old and it’s getting a bit difficult to justify taking the eldest out of school for a few days at that time of year.
However....
I’m really getting itchy feet about going again this year and having a major battle with my conscience about it 😒

Mountain Man

90 posts

17 months

Sunday 4th February
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You could do the Spa 24 hours which is in the school holidays.

4cEvo2

Original Poster:

45 posts

28 months

Sunday 4th February
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We’re on holiday then 😐

RickRob

71 posts

48 months

Sunday 4th February
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If you've promised your lads, then garden it is. No alternatives this year!

MrC986

2,141 posts

126 months

Sunday 4th February
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RickRob said:
If you've promised your lads, then garden it is. No alternatives this year!
Surely the OPs boys are old enough for their first "French" trip for educational reasons!?

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AntonySJ

89 posts

112 months

Monday 5th February
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Having seen what the schools turn out these days, I firmly believe in a good balance of life experiences, school and nurturing. As long they have not missed a large amount of school for any reason recently I would go for it.

Besides it gives them something to work for.

davidd

5,852 posts

219 months

Monday 5th February
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I've been taking my boy since he was 5. He's 15 this year and with gcse's in 2019 I did question the value of him spending three days in school v 3 days in le mans.

No contest, he's coming with me.

The way I look at it is that he works quite hard at school, behaves himself and loves le mans. Also he mixes with interesting people from all sorts of backgrounds, which is a massive education.

We had a year off once, did our own version in the garden.. Never again.

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E36GUY

5,742 posts

153 months

Monday 5th February
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Mountain Man said:
You could do the Spa 24 hours which is in the school holidays.
As is the Silverstone WEC race in August. A few of our LM gang are taking the youngsters to this. It's £100 for an adult and two kids including camping at Silverstone Woodlands for the weekend.

chasingracecars

1,359 posts

32 months

Monday 5th February
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E36GUY said:
As is the Silverstone WEC race in August. A few of our LM gang are taking the youngsters to this. It's £100 for an adult and two kids including camping at Silverstone Woodlands for the weekend.
Is the camping free now? Last time I checked it was £50 a an Adult ticket.

Edit: just looked and it’s £153.50 just for one adult with camping and electric. Might just watch it on TV for that price!

Edited by chasingracecars on Monday 5th February 12:09

FredericRobinson

1,534 posts

167 months

Monday 5th February
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There's cheaper camping options at Silverstone than Woodlands, Dadford Road for one

Kev_Mk3

732 posts

30 months

Monday 5th February
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I did both last year and was shocked at the difference between both.

Le man is more laid back and has a special place for me as I did it with my dad and that's why I keep going.

N24 was bonkers I couldn't camp at the race to wild tbh makes Le mans look like a church event. How ever shops are fully stocked you can walk the complete track and the field is vastly different. Most arrive the week before and leave early sunday before the race finishes strange enough but defiantly worth trying.

I am looking to maybe do it 2019 again but have this year off

4cEvo2

Original Poster:

45 posts

28 months

Tuesday 6th February
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We’re booked in for Silverstone but just going to find it different not having the anticipation of the trip to France to look forward to. It’ll be great fun with him in the tent though so it’s not all bad.

Dickie Dastardly

604 posts

101 months

Friday 9th February
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Have taken both my boys out of school to go to LM (separately 2015 & 2017), living in Edinburgh that meant 5 days out of school. Each time I spoke to their guidance teacher in advance and each time he was great about it, as the event is post exams the timing could not have been better. Without doubt (and somewhat unexpectedly) the experience created a lasting bond with both which is still there today.

Back again this year with my eldest who is now 18 and in the first year of an apprenticeship. thumbup

JamesW

59 posts

167 months

Friday 9th February
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I'm in the same boat with the Kids, 7&10 year olds both desperate to go.

Compromise at the moment is I do Le Mans every other year, and have a big BBQ and party at home on the off years - and it's actually quite fun - as you get to see it from a different perspective as the Eurosport coverage is very good, and you find you follow the race a bit more at home.


It does help of course if you decorate the tent with the stolen Le Mans trackside banners. Can't beat a full size Michelin man from the Porsche curves!


LB14

192 posts

143 months

Friday 9th February
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I took my son at age 12 and again at age 15, and he's totally hooked now.

Both times school refused permission; both times I took him anyway.

He's now working in engineering, so it was time well spent - and the best dad/son bonding I can think of.

We're going again this year, and for the first time he can go to the bar for me beer

Cass63

83 posts

54 months

Friday 9th February
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Took my son when he was 15, he couldnt come the following year he had an exam, he ended up as an engineering apprentice with force India.
It’s great life experience for young lads, the male bonding is great for them, we went with 7 blokes he’d never met before and got on great with all of them.
This will be his 7th year and just like me he can’t wait.

RickRob

71 posts

48 months

Friday 9th February
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Took my son when he was 12 and again when he was 13. He had had an "interesting" primary school education, but was doing really well at high school. So both years I picked him up from school on the Friday, whizzed home for him to change and then set off.

Got there very late Friday night and was home very late Sunday night. I realise that unless one lives in the southern counties this is impossible. Mind, I was rather younger then. Now go Thursday and come back Monday - much more civilised.