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98 posts

150 months

Tuesday 9th October
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Just received an e-mail this morning from Speedchills stating that they're not doing "private" camping at Le Mans in 2019.

Myself and a group of friends have use Speedchills on a number of occasions - and their private camping set up was very good and getting better by the year. Something tells me that the costs of renting the land have become too much for them.

Would appreciate any pointers toward another tour operator/ camping specialist that runs private camping at Le Mans please.

Thanks very much

Mike

Herbie Hammer

669 posts

201 months

Tuesday 9th October
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I agree - we love them, but I reckon a break can be good - means they avoid any Brexit red tape as well and yes, probably lots of factors to add to the mix that if you are running an event like this makes the margins risky

We have used Travel Destinations before and they are good, and for off site, Le Mob were amazing

Roll on 2020

HH

ChrisHelenSmith

1 posts

1 month

Tuesday 9th October
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I too have had the email.

I suspect the uncertainty around Brexit means they can’t know if they will be able to employ their team in France in June. If we leave without a deal in March they would be up a creek without a paddle.

Been with them for last 6 years. I’ve been emailing asking what’s been going on for a while and feared this was coming.

Tickets to grandstands go on sale next week so need to decide if I’m going to go with somebody else pretty quickly.

delta0

1,083 posts

41 months

Tuesday 9th October
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This is certainly down to the fact that they struggle to fill the site. They did last year when Alonso was racing and seemed to cause an epic amount of people to go to Le Mans. The year before the site was half full (at Beausejour). This year with LMP in its last year I think many people won’t bother and will go for the new cars next year. I think this is the main driver. Brexit is a side issue and almost certainly won’t make a difference to attendance.

The cost of going to Le Mans has been getting quite steep and it is possible they are looking to reduce this.

I wasn’t planning on going to Le Mans next year, I’m going to Spa instead. If I was I would only go for private camping. With another player out of this it could mean the costs of the others go up.

Edited by delta0 on Tuesday 9th October 10:30

TCEvo

6,053 posts

137 months

Tuesday 9th October
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Just got the email as well.

Any other recommendations/pointers handy - while since we used White Rabbit, they still going?
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LFB531

994 posts

93 months

Tuesday 9th October
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I've only ever used Team Langoustine so no knowledge of what else is on offer but they've done me proud for the last seven years, the site is at Tertre Rouge, access in and out really easy and trackside viewing just outside the gate.

99dndd

1,039 posts

24 months

Tuesday 9th October
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I went for the 1st time with Thomas Cook this year. No complaints, got sorted with a tent and sleeping bag as I was flying in. Even had UK plugs so I could charge my phone.

Plenty of activities in the main marquee too.

MrC986

2,138 posts

126 months

Tuesday 9th October
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I've used 1st Tickets for the 5 years I've been going (staying at Bleu Nord) - a well run secure campsite with good food/facilities that's just far enough away from the track, but it's not too far to walk. I'll be back (as Arnie would say) next year as we can't have Brexit stopping our fun & it's one of the things I now have accepted by SWMBO hehe

E36GUY

5,740 posts

153 months

Wednesday 10th October
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TCEvo said:
Just got the email as well.

Any other recommendations/pointers handy - while since we used White Rabbit, they still going?
Yup byebye

SimoN138

179 posts

167 months

Wednesday 10th October
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very dissapointing ... been going to s/c blue sud for 10 years now. i'm gonna have to put a new favourite in google maps!

any views on travel destinations at the porsche curves? also, a lot of people seem to be recommending 1st tickets ... and there is also thomas cook, team langoustine ... any more i should consider?

the blue sud sight was pretty quiet and had a good bar and food (although they always ran out of bitter!) ... quiet is defo top of my list these days but i don't fancy 'off-site' ... any recomendations much appreciated..

Si

BenLowden

1,259 posts

112 months

PH Marketing Bloke

Wednesday 10th October
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MrC986 said:
I've used 1st Tickets for the 5 years I've been going (staying at Bleu Nord) - a well run secure campsite with good food/facilities that's just far enough away from the track, but it's not too far to walk. I'll be back (as Arnie would say) next year as we can't have Brexit stopping our fun & it's one of the things I now have accepted by SWMBO hehe
This. 1st Tickets run the PistonHeads camping, so surely, it's the only option you need to consider? hehe 2019 will be our 10th anniversary.

We should be getting an article up later this week to register your interest with pricing/booking opening over the next few weeks. So watch this space and join us in 2019! If you're not after a package deal 1st Tickets offer general camping pitches on Bleu Nord too, or can build you a bespoke package based on your requirements.

wsn03

447 posts

36 months

Wednesday 10th October
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I found Lycian very good 2 years ago.
I now use a very quiet off-site...if need info pm me

krisdelta

3,722 posts

136 months

Wednesday 10th October
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Gutted about Speedchills, always a top set up. The hunt for an alternative begins

Mountain Man

90 posts

17 months

Thursday 11th October
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I stayed with Thomas Cook this year. Was excellent, helpful and no drama

Big Robbo

11 posts

81 months

Friday 12th October
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We've always used 1st tickets and stay on Maison Blanche. I don't think Brexit is the reason behind speedchills not going, they were a civilised outpost on what has become a feral site.

Burrow01

1,337 posts

127 months

Monday 15th October
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TCEvo said:
Just got the email as well.

Any other recommendations/pointers handy - while since we used White Rabbit, they still going?
Lycian (Village on the Curves) are great, I've been going with them for 10 years

smashie

619 posts

86 months

Monday 15th October
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Booked at Bounty for 2019. Now just waiting to purchase grandstand tickets and Entry,

gt6

1,090 posts

120 months

Monday 15th October
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Ticketing from the aco opens tomorrow for members and friday for the general public, suspect usual chaos

RL17

529 posts

28 months

Tuesday 16th October
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+1 for Lycian events as trackside and bar good even though BSJ a bit of drag getting into and out of.

L500

388 posts

173 months

Wednesday 17th October
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I've been going with Team Langoustine for several years (Houx / Houx Annex previous to that). Can't fault them and will be there again next year all being well.