Bringing alcohol into the camp sites?

Bringing alcohol into the camp sites?

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YRRunner

Original Poster:

1,647 posts

147 months

Saturday 31st March
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I haven't been to LM24 since 2015 and at that time (I camped in the Thomas Cook site) there were security guys (not actually on the TC site, but on the track toward it) searching car boots and making everybody remove any glass bottles before being allowed to go any further. Is this still the case? Is it just a ban on glass bottles, or alcohol in general? I really hate canned lager 😖

RickRob

67 posts

44 months

Saturday 31st March
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Last year we were searched on the way in the first time. I have no idea what they were looking for, but didn't find anything!

Thereafter, once we'd got our sticker on the windscreen we came and went with. O further searches.

They don't allow any alchohol I side the track, if you enter on foot - again one is searched. I don't know what they do if you are camping inside the circuit.

Enjoy - the race and your bottled beer!

Rick101

5,505 posts

81 months

Saturday 31st March
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Glass bottles are not permitted in campsites or trackside.

Once it's in, it doesn't seem to be much of an issue.

delta0

1,010 posts

37 months

Saturday 31st March
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They are looking for glass. Not very hard to hide it. Last year I brought a lot of glass bottles and some kegs. Easy enough to hide them in clothes or somewhere other than the boot

YRRunner

Original Poster:

1,647 posts

147 months

Saturday 31st March
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Thanks guys, appreciated.
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gt6

1,074 posts

116 months

Saturday 31st March
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If your campsite is within the GE area then supposedly there is a glass bottle ban, however we had no problem getting some in, but we also took wine boxes/barrels and tins incase we got stopped, however i think we were stopped in the car once. We were often stopped as we left the campsite onto the track and on finding any glass they sent you back into the campsite to leave the bottles.

Great Dane

2,190 posts

97 months

Saturday 31st March
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Never had bottle problems on non-inside track camps

The Outsiders

16 posts

8 months

Sunday 1st April
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We always stay in Garage Vert, which is inside the circuit. Cans are fine but if they search hard and find glass it is taken away. The search does only seem to be on the initial arrival, after that they don’t seem to bother.

As we are inside the circuit it is much more convenient as we can carry our own beer to the start.

Rick101

5,505 posts

81 months

Sunday 1st April
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Last year on Houx the vehicle was searched every time it entered the campsite.

delta0

1,010 posts

37 months

Sunday 1st April
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Beausejour was searching every car going in every day.

Some Gump

10,315 posts

117 months

Sunday 1st April
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Last year they were stopping any beer going into the track area. Was a massive pita.

Of course there are says round it, but the pollavah of doing a beer over the wall and recover run every time really distracted from the normal event.

Campsite was fine, no bother even with glass (which is weird because you'd has been can only for several years)

//j17

2,975 posts

154 months

Monday 2nd April
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I think it's just campsites with 'direct' track access that are searched. I've never been searched going in to either Bleu Nord or Sud that are 'outside'.

gt6

1,074 posts

116 months

Monday 2nd April
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As said before the restrictions are only for those sites within the GE area. Which includes TR, Maison Blanche and Gararge Vert, and some of the private sites.

chasingracecars

1,287 posts

28 months

Monday 2nd April
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It included Houx last year although we got and many others got a significant amount of bottles into the campsite getting even a single open one past the gate marshall’s was impossible.

gt6

1,074 posts

116 months

Monday 2nd April
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yes forgot houx, but does not include the annex

cbrown7

111 posts

180 months

Wednesday 4th April
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The Houx searches last year were random and when carried out cursory.

Some Gump

10,315 posts

117 months

Wednesday 4th April
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This thread has me thinking. Is there a route from Houx to track without going out and in again?

Can't take beer from site via the entrance to track near karting nord because that was searched. Exit and down the road / in by annexe is effectively out and in again, so you're knackered.

If you go up towards the activation area (past airtrack) do you actually have to deal with les security? OK it's a bit of a ballache on bikes with 2 bridges, but it would avoid the need to send 1 team member each side of a perimeter wall and throw beer over...

And yes, as poster above said last years searches into houx were no where near as passionate as previous years.

chasingracecars

1,287 posts

28 months

Thursday 5th April
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Some Gump said:
This thread has me thinking. Is there a route from Houx to track without going out and in again?

Can't take beer from site via the entrance to track near karting nord because that was searched. Exit and down the road / in by annexe is effectively out and in again, so you're knackered.

If you go up towards the activation area (past airtrack) do you actually have to deal with les security? OK it's a bit of a ballache on bikes with 2 bridges, but it would avoid the need to send 1 team member each side of a perimeter wall and throw beer over...

And yes, as poster above said last years searches into houx were no where near as passionate as previous years.
We had to do the fence thing last year from Houx. Huge coolbox with a couple of bottles of water and a beer in hand. Downed the beer for effect then went back and collected 30 odd bottles through the fence. Stubbiest fit!! Almost like they are designed that way!

Rick101

5,505 posts

81 months

Thursday 5th April
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laughthumbup

I took a bag with loads of pockets and a camping chair. Easily got 7 or 8 cans in.

After my Carfest 2016 aka USA immigration experiance I have found some inventive ways to smuggle.

No I didn't have one up my ****whistle

Truckosaurus

6,453 posts

215 months

Thursday 5th April
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Some Gump said:
... Is there a route from Houx to track without going out and in again?...
Yes, there isn't normally a security person if you wander out the side exit past the Airtrack private campsite.