Le Mans & Brexit

Le Mans & Brexit

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L500

Original Poster:

416 posts

176 months

Thursday 24th January
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I know this is a bit of a stupid question considering nobody can predict what will happen post March 29th, but I just wondered if anyone was making any contingency plans for Le Mans after Brexit? We are planning on taking the tunnel as usual in the hope that any process / border delays will have sorted themselves out by June. But I can't see any other options than just waiting to see what happens...? If there are border delays, surely all borders (ferry or tunnel) will have the same issues. Perhaps you're leaving the car behind this year and letting the train take the strain?

FredericRobinson

1,587 posts

170 months

Thursday 24th January
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I'm leaving the Friday of the week before just to make sure

OFORBES

141 posts

38 months

Thursday 24th January
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FredericRobinson said:
I'm leaving the Friday of the week before just to make sure
biglaugh

Its my first time going to Le Mans this year (wanted to go since I was a kid) and I hadn't really thought about how Brexit might make my crossing challenging.

I am going via the chunnel...

Perhaps leave a week early, pop over to the Nurburgring and then head back... make it a longer boys holiday.

OFORBES

141 posts

38 months

Thursday 24th January
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Although, after saying that, I have realised that I am taking one of my works sprinters rather than a car!!

Perhaps I wont take that round the ring! laugh

Kev_Mk3

802 posts

33 months

Thursday 24th January
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OFORBES said:
biglaugh

Its my first time going to Le Mans this year (wanted to go since I was a kid) and I hadn't really thought about how Brexit might make my crossing challenging.

I am going via the chunnel...

Perhaps leave a week early, pop over to the Nurburgring and then head back... make it a longer boys holiday.
You do know the Nurburgring isnt that close to Le Mans right? I've done it a few times as Its as far to the Nurburgring from Lemans as it is from My home to Le Mans or the Nurburgring to my home lol

Re the tunnel no matter what it will be manic around then regardless of brexit or not it always is.
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L500

Original Poster:

416 posts

176 months

Thursday 24th January
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Kev_Mk3 said:
You do know the Nurburgring isnt that close to Le Mans right? I've done it a few times as Its as far to the Nurburgring from Lemans as it is from My home to Le Mans or the Nurburgring to my home lol

Re the tunnel no matter what it will be manic around then regardless of brexit or not it always is.
On the contrary I think the tunnel has been relatively quiet on LM weekend, certainly for the past 4 / 5 years. Leaving early on the Thursday I've certainly seen a decline in cars waiting in the car park - it used to be pretty full (and a great place to wonder around before the crossing). We breezed over and back last year.

gdaybruce

707 posts

163 months

Thursday 24th January
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We've always gone Dover - Calais by P&O on the Wednesday and then stayed overnight in Boulogne. This year we're waiting to see what happens before booking anything.

gt6

1,108 posts

123 months

Thursday 24th January
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Pretty sure brexit or not it will make no difference, french want our money so they will as always welcome us with open arms

//j17

3,108 posts

161 months

Thursday 24th January
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Only differences are:
1. You MAY need to buy an International Driving Licence/Permit.
2. You MAY need to pay for a visa/pre-authorisation before you go.
3. You MAY need an insurance 'green card' from your insurance company.
4. Your £ MAY not get you very many Euro.

Or you may not.

Howard1650

68 posts

129 months

Thursday 24th January
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what's this Brexit you talk about? has it been in the news...

DS240

2,682 posts

156 months

Thursday 24th January
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I’m predicting that I book everything as normal, turn up to ferry as normal, get off in France as normal, drive to village/accommodation near circuit, park outside pub around 1530hrs as normal, then order 2nd grand 1664 at around 1540hrs and have great weekend from there....


delta0

1,096 posts

44 months

Thursday 24th January
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Makes you wonder how the rest of the world survives.

It will make no difference just carry on as normal. You do not need an international driving license for France, no visa or anything else. If in doubt look at what is required for citizens of countries that have no trade agreement or anything with France such as USA.

Edited by delta0 on Thursday 24th January 23:38

Cass63

92 posts

57 months

Friday 25th January
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Got our first Le Mans meeting for this years race tonight, brexit is bound to be a question asked but no one knows the answer.

//j17

3,108 posts

161 months

Friday 25th January
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delta0 said:
You do not need an international driving license for France, no visa or anything else. If in doubt look at what is required for citizens of countries that have no trade agreement or anything with France such as USA.
Umm, you do know that this has nothing to do with trade and that the EU has an agreement with the US on visitor visas and reciprical drivers licence recognition, things the UK WON'T have in the event of a no deal exit from the EU?

If in doubt look at what is required of countries that have no visitor/driver licence recognition deals, like North Korea.

FredericRobinson

1,587 posts

170 months

Friday 25th January
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The rest of the world manages to not get itself in this much of a mess in the first place.

delta0

1,096 posts

44 months

Friday 25th January
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//j17 said:
Umm, you do know that this has nothing to do with trade and that the EU has an agreement with the US on visitor visas and reciprical drivers licence recognition, things the UK WON'T have in the event of a no deal exit from the EU?

If in doubt look at what is required of countries that have no visitor/driver licence recognition deals, like North Korea.
It is precisely this scaremongering that is unnecessary. There is no reason why the UK won’t have this arrangement.

FredericRobinson

1,587 posts

170 months

Friday 25th January
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Can't say I'm particularly worried about that stuff, more about getting through the tunnel.

DaveTheRave87

1,169 posts

27 months

Friday 25th January
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//j17 said:
Umm, you do know that this has nothing to do with trade and that the EU has an agreement with the US on visitor visas and reciprical drivers licence recognition, things the UK WON'T have in the event of a no deal exit from the EU?

[bI]f in doubt look at what is required of countries that have no visitor/driver licence recognition deals, like North Korea.[/b]
Didn't bother them last year:


https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

Printertosh

477 posts

106 months

Friday 25th January
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Most important thing to remember is to ensure your passport wasn't issued more than 9 and a half years prior to the day you want to enter France.

To be safe let's say your passport must not of been issued before 15th December 2009, if it was issued on that day that means you can enter France on (Mad) Friday 14th June the day before the race. If you go on the Monday before the race you can get away with a passport issued on 11th December 2009.

It's the issue date that's important, not the expiry date as any extra days added on from a previous passport don't count so you must count 9 and a half years forward from the issue date.

Everything else you can probably scramble around for after the end of March!

BeeGT

244 posts

154 months

Friday 25th January
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//j17 said:
Only differences are:
1. You MAY need to buy an International Driving Licence/Permit.
2. You MAY need to pay for a visa/pre-authorisation before you go.
3. You MAY need an insurance 'green card' from your insurance company.
4. Your £ MAY not get you very many Euro.

Or you may not.
^ THIS - A minor irritation at most, with perhaps a few £s spent on additional licences/visas to travel and a notional additional delay at the border.