So...who has booked for 2020?

So...who has booked for 2020?

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DS240

3,022 posts

165 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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Baby arriving imminently... but hopeful LM2020 is do-able.

Again, the fight for the win won't be thrilling, but it's as much about a nice weekend away and the social aspect which I love.

Our current perfect accommodation option is also about to disappear, so alternative plans starting to be made for a similar set up in the same village hopefully.

It has crossed my mind to possibly skip a year and come back with the new rules in place. But it might be LM 2022 before that really hots up.

Not done LM Classic, so again that would be a bit different. But if I was going to do one trip, it would have to be for the 24hrs.

Kev_Mk3

1,267 posts

42 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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Yep 2020 done

Pericoloso

40,998 posts

110 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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FIREBIRDC9 said:
I don't think we plan to do 2020.

We are going to go to a European F1 race next year.
Yet to decide which one!

Le Mans 2021 is in the scope though!
Think we will try to camp at Pistonheads Blu Nord

When is the right time to book to get places there. How early do you need to get your foot in the door?
I think if you "register an interest" in booking their campsite ,on their website ,they will email you when tickets go on sale.

As they are also a little more costly than some I think they also don't sell out quickly so you shouldn't miss out.

FredericRobinson

1,835 posts

179 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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sgtBerbatov said:
Well bugger, I was hoping to just rock up with £20
To be fair you might be able to next year, but the ACO will still announce an attendance of 250,000

gt6

1,210 posts

132 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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FredericRobinson said:
To be fair you might be able to next year, but the ACO will still announce an attendance of 250,000
i think 2020 might not be the year to over order on camping tickets expecting to make a fortune selling them on e bay, but you never know.

RUSTGEEZER

11 posts

132 months

Tuesday 16th July
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I will not be going back-
The Brits don't seem to be welcome on MB any more that's for sure.
I have been going since 2004 and every year it gets more expensive and more corporate.
The attitude the ACO/Marshalls and security towards us stink.

Its not what it was and simply not worth bothering for me anymore.

wsn03

842 posts

48 months

Tuesday 16th July
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DS240 said:
Baby arriving imminently... but hopeful LM2020 is do-able.

Again, the fight for the win won't be thrilling, but it's as much about a nice weekend away and the social aspect which I love.

It has crossed my mind to possibly skip a year and come back with the new rules in place. But it might be LM 2022 before that really hots up.

Not done LM Classic, so again that would be a bit different. But if I was going to do one trip, it would have to be for the 24hrs.
I've been thinking about this, my thoughts:

1. I've been there when there was Audi, Toyota and Porsche, and been there when there was Audi only...still enjoyed my trip just as much. The whole package is brilliant - France, the weather, the sites, the sounds...I can forgive the lack of an LMP1 race

2. The GT PRO race produced a good one again, that made up for it (up to the point the Corvette crashed)

3. The Classic - agree, couldn't miss a 24hr for what is effectively a bit of a classic parade (as opposed to a do or die battle between factories). I'm lucky enough to be able to do both next year by making our romantic annual break the Classic, and somehow I've got away with it. Yes it will not be like the usual lads week, but at least I'll get to see some cool race cars whilst pampering the missus...better than shops!

Big Robbo

232 posts

93 months

Thursday 18th July
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RUSTGEEZER said:
I will not be going back-
The Brits don't seem to be welcome on MB any more that's for sure.
I have been going since 2004 and every year it gets more expensive and more corporate.
The attitude the ACO/Marshalls and security towards us stink.

Its not what it was and simply not worth bothering for me anymore.
We've never had any issues being on Maison Blanche, thanks to our amazing tickets agency we get the same spot every year, give or take a triple pitch either way.
The racing in 2020 will be endured not enjoyed but hopefully the new regulations will make 2021 more interesting.
We're the lot with the Gulf caravan over by the outer wall

//j17

3,310 posts

170 months

Friday 19th July
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I was on Bleu this year, so generally entering the circuit through the MB gate and every time the gate staff were friendly. Busy and a little stressed at times, but friendly.

What specific issues did you have exactly?

Mark-gx4mn

3 posts

5 months

Friday 2nd August
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..with tickets-2-u why is there such a large price difference with camping at Beausejour at £69 and Houx at £145?

After a 10 year gap will be returning for 2020 with my 15 yo son we are not expecting Centreparks but not the Wild West either!

IS there any reason why we should not book for camping at Beausejour?

10 years ago I camped at Blue Nord but would like to camp inside the race track this time


MadMacMcMad

1,231 posts

201 months

Friday 2nd August
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Beau is not the Beirut it used to be, but unless you are partial to the Porsche curves, I would not camp there. 1/2 hour walk to the village and a free for all!
BN is outside the circuit, 5 mins walk to the main entrance. It has much better access to the village/grandstands and other viewing areas. The pitches are also pre-marked and allocated, so you can arrive whenever to an unmolested pitch, rather than find a patch of grass and risk someone pitching on top of you if you happen to be gone for too long.

As always, budget dictates the level of comfort in the sites. The private sites (PH, TL, TD etc) offer a very nice service, but they are heavily priced because the ACO who own the land are greedy profiteers and squeeze the blood out of any business on site.

So Private over BN, BN over Beau. IMHO

//j17

3,310 posts

170 months

Friday 2nd August
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As MadMacMcMad has said, you get what you pay for.

At the top end of the ACO price list you have sites like Houx, which are an easy walk to the village/grandstands/public spectator areas, have pre-marked pitches, good, fixed toilet and shower blocks, electrical sockets, trees offering a lot of shade and filtering the worst of the car/aircraft noise, and ground that usually drains well - but you have to pay for all that.

At the other end you have Beausjour, a long walk from everything except the Porsche curves, doesn't drain as well as it could, no shade, unmarked pitches, only temporary toilet blocks - but much cheaper.

If you want to camp inside the circuit, and again just sticking to the ACO offerings here, I'd say you broadly have:
- Houx to glamp it.
- Houx Annex to get most of the Houx benefits, sans shade and electric.
- Terte Rouge to get Houx Annex benefits but with more car noise.
- Maison Blanche to get Terte Rouge with more memembers of the general public walking past your tent.
- Garage Vert to get Maison Blanch with without the grass.

gt6

1,210 posts

132 months

Friday 2nd August
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Well not sure what you call close to the circuit/village but TR is i think much closer to both and quieter to be honest but much harder to get than Houx for those reasons.

delta0

1,212 posts

53 months

Monday 5th August
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I usually aim to book Le Mans around Jan/Feb time with the latest being April. Next year I’m going to go to the Classic. What is the latest I should be looking to book for this one?

gt6

1,210 posts

132 months

Tuesday 6th August
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Give it about a month after booking for the main event opens when the lines to the ACO and tourist office will be quieter, ACO members get discounts on tickets so if you are doing both next year the savings will cover the membership costs for sure if you book with them.

FredericRobinson

1,835 posts

179 months

Tuesday 6th August
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Never mind Le Mans, booked flights for Sebring yesterday

MrC986

2,470 posts

138 months

Monday 12th August
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Well, knock me over with a feather....over a meal with good friends recently (now witnesses) MrsC asked what I’d like to do for a birthday gathering for a significant one next year - my reply “to do the 24hrs and Classic”...hers “that’s fine, it saves me organising a party”. Cue email to 1st Tickets thumbup

Big Robbo

232 posts

93 months

Tuesday 13th August
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MrC986 said:
Well, knock me over with a feather....over a meal with good friends recently (now witnesses) MrsC asked what I’d like to do for a birthday gathering for a significant one next year - my reply “to do the 24hrs and Classic”...hers “that’s fine, it saves me organising a party”. Cue email to 1st Tickets thumbup
She might be a keeper......

Quags

1,168 posts

208 months

Friday 16th August
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Booked an airbnb but that's it!

I can't see how to book parking yet? Has anyone managed to?

DS240

3,022 posts

165 months

Friday 16th August
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Quags said:
Booked an airbnb but that's it!

I can't see how to book parking yet? Has anyone managed to?
Ticket office won’t open till late sept/oct time.