Local Taxi (English Speaking)

Local Taxi (English Speaking)

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Trackdayguy

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287 posts

12 months

Tuesday 14th May
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We are planning on getting a Taxi from the Travel Destinations Campground at the Porsche Curves to half way down the Mulsanne on Saturday night. Does anyone know of a local Taxi firm that would do this, must be english speaking.

chrisring

37 posts

86 months

Tuesday 14th May
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good luck with that !
there is a free shuttle bus
info here
https://www.lemans.org/en/news/shuttles-to-all-the...

Trackdayguy

Original Poster:

287 posts

12 months

Wednesday 15th May
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chrisring said:
good luck with that !
there is a free shuttle bus
info here
https://www.lemans.org/en/news/shuttles-to-all-the...
Sounds good just downloaded the App

//j17

3,174 posts

164 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Shuttle bus won't help in this case. Bus #5 runs between Mulsanne corner and Entree Est (tram/Houx Annex rounrabout) but doesn't have any stops en-route, so no option to jump off half way down the Mulsanne.

I've never phones a taxi but have caught one from the rank outside the main entrance but don't think you'd have any major issues finding one that speaks English if you start with a polite "Bonjour/Bonsoir, parlez-vous Anglais?" - it only tends to be staff working AT/FOR the ACO that are unable to understand even French spoken with an English accent. Step away to people trying to make money, or just being friendly and you'll get by with either English or a mix of English and schoolboy French. Your only issue may be if you're asking them to drop you in a quite place with nobody around next to the Mulsanne at night...so just book the taxi to either Auberge des Hunaudières or Hotel Arbor.

A few numbers to try*:
Radio Taxi Le Mans 24/7 - +33 (0)2 43249292
Accueil Assur Taxt (AAT) - +33 (0)2 63117910
Taxi Radio - +33 (0)2 43820707
ABC Taxi - +33 (0)2 43424242
Taxis Alliance - +33 (0)2 43212305
Central Taxis - +33 (0)2 43888888


  • No, I don't have some freaky memory for Le Mans taxi companies - my tickets arrived yesterday from Speed Chills and their little guide boox that came with them was next to me/had the numbers ^_^

Trackdayguy

Original Poster:

287 posts

12 months

Wednesday 15th May
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//j17 said:
Shuttle bus won't help in this case. Bus #5 runs between Mulsanne corner and Entree Est (tram/Houx Annex rounrabout) but doesn't have any stops en-route, so no option to jump off half way down the Mulsanne.

I've never phones a taxi but have caught one from the rank outside the main entrance but don't think you'd have any major issues finding one that speaks English if you start with a polite "Bonjour/Bonsoir, parlez-vous Anglais?" - it only tends to be staff working AT/FOR the ACO that are unable to understand even French spoken with an English accent. Step away to people trying to make money, or just being friendly and you'll get by with either English or a mix of English and schoolboy French. Your only issue may be if you're asking them to drop you in a quite place with nobody around next to the Mulsanne at night...so just book the taxi to either Auberge des Hunaudières or Hotel Arbor.

A few numbers to try*:
Radio Taxi Le Mans 24/7 - +33 (0)2 43249292
Accueil Assur Taxt (AAT) - +33 (0)2 63117910
Taxi Radio - +33 (0)2 43820707
ABC Taxi - +33 (0)2 43424242
Taxis Alliance - +33 (0)2 43212305
Central Taxis - +33 (0)2 43888888


  • No, I don't have some freaky memory for Le Mans taxi companies - my tickets arrived yesterday from Speed Chills and their little guide boox that came with them was next to me/had the numbers ^_^
WOW, thanks, that's some great tips.

Terry
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chrisring

37 posts

86 months

Wednesday 15th May
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also, I imagine the guys in TD could prob order you one to pick up at their gate

chrisring

37 posts

86 months

Wednesday 15th May
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just to add
sorry I missed the bit in your original post, about half way down.
I don't think there are any 'official' viewing areas down the Mulsanne.
There are some on here who might know of some 'secret' viewing points.

If you get as far as the Mulsanne, pop in and say hi

lowdrag

9,553 posts

154 months

Thursday 16th May
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Trackdayguy said:
We are planning on getting a Taxi from the Travel Destinations Campground at the Porsche Curves to half way down the Mulsanne on Saturday night. Does anyone know of a local Taxi firm that would do this, must be english speaking.
Um, I think the Mulsanne will, be closed to taxis on the Saturday night! I assume you want to go to the hotel Arbor? In which case, to get there from the Porsche Curves it will be one hell of a trek. First to the Beauséjour roundabout, left past the rear entrance to the circuit, up to the MMArena, under Tertre Rouge and left at the Stella bar, down the dual carriageway to the Parigné exit, then the road to Parigné to the roundabout at Bois Martin, (bar on right) first exit to Ruaudin, then road to Mulsanne, turning off to the hotel before you reach the crossroads. In a taxi, count on up to an hour's journey if there is traffic, but the only fly in the ointment is that A) there will be no taxis around except perhaps at Antares, and B) I've never in 20 years living here met a taxi driver who speaks english.

wsn03

574 posts

42 months

Thursday 16th May
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lowdrag said:
Um, I think the Mulsanne will, be closed to taxis on the Saturday night! I assume you want to go to the hotel Arbor? In which case, to get there from the Porsche Curves it will be one hell of a trek. First to the Beauséjour roundabout, left past the rear entrance to the circuit, up to the MMArena, under Tertre Rouge and left at the Stella bar, down the dual carriageway to the Parigné exit, then the road to Parigné to the roundabout at Bois Martin, (bar on right) first exit to Ruaudin, then road to Mulsanne, turning off to the hotel before you reach the crossroads. In a taxi, count on up to an hour's journey if there is traffic, but the only fly in the ointment is that A) there will be no taxis around except perhaps at Antares, and B) I've never in 20 years living here met a taxi driver who speaks english.
He wants to get to Honduras restaurant. The back roads to it are open, albeit one way. You run parallel to the course at the end of Chemin au Boueff, then a right turn a few hundred yards later takes you to the road through the industrial estate running a couple of hundred metres from the Mulsanne straight, quite a long way before hotel Arbor

RobbyJ

771 posts

163 months

Thursday 16th May
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Is he not looking to do some black ops?

Trackdayguy

Original Poster:

287 posts

12 months

Thursday 16th May
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RobbyJ said:
Is he not looking to do some black ops?
Might be simpler to parachute in

RobbyJ

771 posts

163 months

Thursday 16th May
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Trackdayguy said:
Might be simpler to parachute in
Exactly like this...........

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eH_TVcqREeQ

Kev_Mk3

903 posts

36 months

Thursday 16th May
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When we used to go to the straight it was a right faff as all roads are blocked. In the end we'd get there. Maybe worth asking to take you to the Chinese on the mulsanne and then walk somewhere from there as they have had to block the view off from memory due to safety.

These days we dont bother but if you haven't ever done it it is good

lowdrag

9,553 posts

154 months

Thursday 16th May
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wsn03 said:
He wants to get to Honduras restaurant. The back roads to it are open, albeit one way. You run parallel to the course at the end of Chemin au Boueff, then a right turn a few hundred yards later takes you to the road through the industrial estate running a couple of hundred metres from the Mulsanne straight, quite a long way before hotel Arbor
Sorry, but I am a bit puzzled here. The Chemin au Bœuf runs parallel to the Mulsanne from Beauséjour to the roundabout by the stadium which then leads you under Tertre Rouge to the Stella bar. If, from Beauséjour you turn right opposite the back entrance to the circuit into the Technoparc estate the only restaurant there is Le Casque. We'll ignore that one but once you arrive at the Stella bar you are forced to turn left up the hill and take the dual carriageway because the road one might otherwise take is now one way in the other direction. From the Porsche Curves I see no other way to cross the Mulsanne during the race unless you take the road to Arnage, double back before you hit the railway crossing at Arnage to Arnage bend and from there you are forced to turn right then later on left to Mulsanne. I assume you aren't talking about the old chinese in Family Village that went bus two years back? There's the Shanghai on the Mulsanne, but the Honduras is unknown to me. To get to the Shanghai, the only access is from behind Family Village, but to get to there is as I have already described.

I'm not trying to criticize, just trying to help, because after 20 years here one gets to know all the back doubles.

Trackdayguy

Original Poster:

287 posts

12 months

Thursday 16th May
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RobbyJ said:
Exactly like this...........

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eH_TVcqREeQ
Exactly, but I hate budweiser, Im a Stella guy

wsn03

574 posts

42 months

Thursday 16th May
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lowdrag said:
wsn03 said:
He wants to get to Honduras restaurant. The back roads to it are open, albeit one way. You run parallel to the course at the end of Chemin au Boueff, then a right turn a few hundred yards later takes you to the road through the industrial estate running a couple of hundred metres from the Mulsanne straight, quite a long way before hotel Arbor
Sorry, but I am a bit puzzled here. The Chemin au Bœuf runs parallel to the Mulsanne from Beauséjour to the roundabout by the stadium which then leads you under Tertre Rouge to the Stella bar. If, from Beauséjour you turn right opposite the back entrance to the circuit into the Technoparc estate the only restaurant there is Le Casque. We'll ignore that one but once you arrive at the Stella bar you are forced to turn left up the hill and take the dual carriageway because the road one might otherwise take is now one way in the other direction. From the Porsche Curves I see no other way to cross the Mulsanne during the race unless you take the road to Arnage, double back before you hit the railway crossing at Arnage to Arnage bend and from there you are forced to turn right then later on left to Mulsanne. I assume you aren't talking about the old chinese in Family Village that went bus two years back? There's the Shanghai on the Mulsanne, but the Honduras is unknown to me. To get to the Shanghai, the only access is from behind Family Village, but to get to there is as I have already described.

I'm not trying to criticize, just trying to help, because after 20 years here one gets to know all the back doubles.
Other direction away from the circuit...chemin au Boueff runs parallel with the highway from Tetre Rouge.
I know because i stay on it!!
I used to walk it,.now i cycle. Does that make sense? I'll try to screenshot it - no battery atm

wsn03

574 posts

42 months

Thursday 16th May
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Something like this...but at Le Meslier stay on the road adjacent to the track

wsn03

574 posts

42 months

Thursday 16th May
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And i got the name wrong, its the Auberge Des Hunaudieres...on the straight

Trackdayguy

Original Poster:

287 posts

12 months

You just gotta love this forum, Google maps eat your heart out.

Edited by Trackdayguy on Friday 17th May 02:09

lowdrag

9,553 posts

154 months

I see exactly what you are saying now and I agree that it seems reasonable - as long as you don't try it during the race! You go from MMA under Tertre Rouge, but that is where your route falls flat on its face. At the Stella bar you can no longer go straight on across the tram tracks because that road has become one way against you. You are forced to turn left up on to the dual carriageway, go to the next exit, go to Bois Martin, come back to Ruaudin and trace your route from there. I know - I live south of Ruaudin!