Bringing alcohol into the circuit

Bringing alcohol into the circuit

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wsn03

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357 posts

34 months

Tuesday 10th July
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Does anyone know the rules on alcohol being brought into the circuit?
They always check your bags, is that a safety thing or are they also checking for alchohol?

The beer is astronomical. I fancy bringing my own whiskey and coke mix for myself. Are they likely to check?

In April im going to watch the 24 hr motorbike race. With no English commentary (I gather) or UK radio I'll probably take the opportunity to sink a few while soaking up the sights and sounds. Hoping I can bring my own in

Edited by wsn03 on Tuesday 10th July 11:56

Truckosaurus

6,539 posts

217 months

Tuesday 10th July
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I am lead to believe the Bike 24hrs is even stricter with alcohol than the car 24hrs - with even local shops not selling it that weekend.

I had no problems getting a water bottle past security (with actual water) so I'm sure you could spike it easily enough.

wsn03

Original Poster:

357 posts

34 months

Tuesday 10th July
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Truckosaurus said:
I am lead to believe the Bike 24hrs is even stricter with alcohol than the car 24hrs - with even local shops not selling it that weekend.

I had no problems getting a water bottle past security (with actual water) so I'm sure you could spike it easily enough.
Thanks for the heads up. Geez, I had no idea!
I will simply spike the a big bottle of coke then and get happily trashed in my own drunken bubble.

Going to head to my fav haunt on the Mulsanne straight for dinner on the folding bike (I know the bikes dont use that part of the circuit but I like eating there), but apart from that a diet of Whiskey and coke and fags will sustain me well

Welshbeef

33,835 posts

131 months

Tuesday 10th July
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I had no idea a motorbike Le Mans 24 hr race existed never seen any advertisement of it what so ever.

How do those bike engines last at race pace for that duration doing 21,000 rpm

Sagi Badger

423 posts

126 months

Tuesday 10th July
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Drove in with two crates of bottles on display. No issues. I don’t even drink, that makes the mule?

If you are, or look like a hooligan you willl most likely get checked, if you look like an old git like me then smuggle away. Best to arrive one by one if in convoy in case one gets rumbled.

Classic was good, all my mates and son were pissing it up. I drank tea.

J
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wsn03

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357 posts

34 months

Tuesday 10th July
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Welshbeef said:
I had no idea a motorbike Le Mans 24 hr race existed never seen any advertisement of it what so ever.

How do those bike engines last at race pace for that duration doing 21,000 rpm
Its a big big deal in bike world, and very well attended. Its run on the Buggatti circuit.

I think this year there were 5 full factory team entries and dozens of specialist teams. Its was a total lottery as to who was going to win it, totally different to the cars atm.
The French teams and riders have historically dominated which must add to local appeal - albeit Jap manufactures e.g. Yamaha France, Kwasaki France etc

I noticed crowds all the way round the circuit watching it on tv.

Its also full of nuts French bikers apparently who are given hundreds of pallets in the campsite to stop them cutting down trees for firewood.

Never heard of trouble, just lots of fires everywhere and enthusiastic crowds.

Someone on here told me the locals turn out en masse lining the roads to see the bikers riding out when its all done. Sounds like Assen which I've been to a few times.

1000cc Superbikes are what they run.


Edited by wsn03 on Tuesday 10th July 21:33

wsn03

Original Poster:

357 posts

34 months

Tuesday 10th July
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Sagi Badger said:
Drove in with two crates of bottles on display. No issues. I don’t even drink, that makes the mule?

If you are, or look like a hooligan you willl most likely get checked, if you look like an old git like me then smuggle away. Best to arrive one by one if in convoy in case one gets rumbled.

Classic was good, all my mates and son were pissing it up. I drank tea.

J
Im talking about the circuit not the campsites, I take it you mean the sites? I will look ordinary and geeky enough to look like someone who wouldn't spike his own drink

JT3K

205 posts

63 months

Thursday 12th July
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wsn03 said:
Its also full of nuts French bikers apparently who are given hundreds of pallets in the campsite to stop them cutting down trees for firewood.
I knew about the pallets because we found tens of thousands of nails everywhere across Bleu Sud. Didn't know that's where they came from. Fecking shortsighted ACO.

wsn03

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357 posts

34 months

Thursday 12th July
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JT3K said:
wsn03 said:
Its also full of nuts French bikers apparently who are given hundreds of pallets in the campsite to stop them cutting down trees for firewood.
I knew about the pallets because we found tens of thousands of nails everywhere across Bleu Sud. Didn't know that's where they came from. Fecking shortsighted ACO.
Not good, never thought about the nails but thats a proper hazard for sure

dodgy1

25 posts

87 months

Thursday 12th July
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Hi All,

Well, I had an issue taking just 3 cans of beer into the entrance between the main entrance and Maison Blanc. They just said - No alcohol at all. I'd rather not drink at the price they were charging for a beer. However, the staff at the Maison Blanc entrance did not check any bags, so went in there instead for the rest of the weekend. In previous years I have purchased the expensive beer just because it is cold. I am a real ale guy at heart so larger is not really my thing. I am sure that they would make more money if beer was a sensible price. As for Ice creams, well 5 euro for a lolly! Baking hot days and yet the ice cream sellers hardly had any customers every time I went past. Its OK to charge a little more at a big event but I just felt they were taking the P#@@.

Every little annoyance eventually just adds up to me not wanting to go again and I have attended the 24hr and the classic almost 20 times.

Dodgy - probably taking a break from Le Mans for a few years...


wsn03

Original Poster:

357 posts

34 months

Friday 13th July
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dodgy1 said:
Hi All,

Well, I had an issue taking just 3 cans of beer into the entrance between the main entrance and Maison Blanc. They just said - No alcohol at all. I'd rather not drink at the price they were charging for a beer. However, the staff at the Maison Blanc entrance did not check any bags, so went in there instead for the rest of the weekend. In previous years I have purchased the expensive beer just because it is cold. I am a real ale guy at heart so larger is not really my thing. I am sure that they would make more money if beer was a sensible price. As for Ice creams, well 5 euro for a lolly! Baking hot days and yet the ice cream sellers hardly had any customers every time I went past. Its OK to charge a little more at a big event but I just felt they were taking the P#@@.

Every little annoyance eventually just adds up to me not wanting to go again and I have attended the 24hr and the classic almost 20 times.

Dodgy - probably taking a break from Le Mans for a few years...
So it is a no alcohol rule then. I'll just do a whiskey coke mix in a big coke bottle. Not paying their prices food or drink on principle...they are just taking the mick.

We get a 3 course dinner on the roads section for only slightly more than they charge for burger and chips in the circuit

JT3K

205 posts

63 months

Tuesday 17th July
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wsn03 said:
Not good, never thought about the nails but thats a proper hazard for sure
I went apes**t because the "security" were directing vehicles over the hardstanding. At bleu-sud that included amongst many others a BMW on metrics, some jacked up SUV on 22'' wheels and one of the lovely vintage Bentleys from the photos thread. My point was: where are they going to find tyres to get home and at what cost. The ACO haven't responded to my contact mind so if anyone's got a contact there, might be worth reminding them of the cost of a metric tyre...

DMN

2,436 posts

72 months

Tuesday 24th July
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Just to add my experience.

We got searched Friday morning coming back from Super-U into Blue Nord. We where stopped by one of the marshels and she told us to open our boot for the security man to search. She said he was specifically looking for alcohol. What we had just bought was burried under other shopping and he missed it. This was the only occasion, including when we arrived that we where seached.

Big Robbo

5 posts

79 months

Tuesday 4th September
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We camp on Maison Blanche and although the car gets checked on arrival we've never had any problems getting our beer in . What they try and stop is glass trackside. As long as you keep it reasonable then you won't have a problem

wsn03

Original Poster:

357 posts

34 months

Tuesday 4th September
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Thanks for the heads up. I think whisky in a coke bottle and diluted with coke should work a treat!