RE: PistonHeads at Le Mans 2020 - book now!

RE: PistonHeads at Le Mans 2020 - book now!

Wednesday 15th January

PistonHeads at Le Mans 2020 - book now!

Beleaguered by the blues of winter? Get planning your Le Mans trip with PH!


Β 


The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a special event. It is the oldest active endurance car racing event in history, and 2020 will see it returning for its 97th year as one of the biggest motorsport events in any racing fans calendar. The part closed public road, part dedicated track is fabled for its high-speed straights, its enormous lap length (nearly 8.5 miles) and the incredible spectacle that is the intense racing during the night. It's a super-exciting weekend, and guess what? PH Le Mans 2020 is now on sale, taking place 19-20 September.

This year we are, of course, returning with our event partner, 1st Tickets. We'll be back at our ever-popular campsites, Bleu Nord and Premier Vert. The larger Bleu Nord site has capacity for 450 PHers, with packages starting from Β£420 per person. Our more exclusive campsite in the heart of the circuit has space for 180 PHers, starting from Β£540 per person and boasting a secluded secure location inside the circuit, away from other campsites. It's just a stone's throw from the Chappelle Curve and the circuit tram stop is a brief walk away, allowing easy access into town for the evening.


We have regulars that return to the PH camp site year in year out, and below are some of the fantastic perks which keep on pleasing our returning members:

  • General admission to the race
  • Up to five-day return Channel crossings available
  • Pre-allocated camping pitches, allowing you to have a leisurely drive over and not worry about finding space.
  • Cooked meals during your stay (three full English breakfasts and three evening meals)
  • Large marquee with cash bar with live TV coverage of the race
  • Private toilets and warm showers, no long queues like there are in the public camp sites
  • Fenced perimeter for your peace of mind
  • On-site security, including night patrols at the weekend
  • Free Wi-Fi access and charging points

Away from the private sites, there are public pitches available at Bleu Nord, as well as ticket- or travel-only options, if you'd rather make your own arrangements. All information on these can be found here.


The 2020 Le Mans will be the last year of the LMP1 class - the end of a technological masterclass - so it's not going to be a year to miss. We imagine the teams will be battling hard to finish in the top spot in the last ever year of their class, so expect some fantastic racing over the weekend.

Browse packages and buy your tickets here. See you there!




Author
Discussion

Jack Mansfield

Original Poster:

3,225 posts

45 months

Wednesday 4th December 2019
quotequote all
Who's joining us?! Can't wait - going to be epic as usual bounce

ISO51200

1,263 posts

149 months

Wednesday 4th December 2019
quotequote all
Who at Pistonheads is having a fking laugh?

Grand total
£1,240.00

laughlaughlaugh

ecs0set

2,122 posts

239 months

Wednesday 4th December 2019
quotequote all
ISO51200 said:
Who at Pistonheads is having a fking laugh?

Grand total
£1,240.00

laughlaughlaugh
£1760 for me with a large pitch on Blue Nord and general admission but no grandstand seats. eek

Oh for the days when you just faxed an incomprehensible form to a French number, followed by a cheque(?) for €35.

RUSTGEEZER

12 posts

140 months

Wednesday 4th December 2019
quotequote all
I hope you sell your tickets Guys but I think your pricing might be a little optimistic to say the least.
Been going since 04 from sleeping in a pig pen to motorhoming on MB and everywhere between.

I cant make those numbers add up at all.

Jack Mansfield

Original Poster:

3,225 posts

45 months

PH STAFF

Wednesday 4th December 2019
quotequote all
What are your packages looking like when you've finished adding everything you want?

I've quickly put one together (below) with no supplements, large pitch (4 people), 2 vehicles and 2x channel crossings and it works out as £780 per person.

Got to remember that includes all meals except for your lunches (food from nearby vendors is very expensive!), general admission, nice big marquee with TVs & bar, WiFi, security etc.



Let me know what yours looks like and I'll look into pricing.

Thank you!

ecs0set

2,122 posts

239 months

Thursday 5th December 2019
quotequote all
Jack Mansfield said:
What are your packages looking like when you've finished adding everything you want?

I've quickly put one together (below) with no supplements, large pitch (4 people), 2 vehicles and 2x channel crossings and it works out as £780 per person.

Got to remember that includes all meals except for your lunches (food from nearby vendors is very expensive!), general admission, nice big marquee with TVs & bar, WiFi, security etc.



Let me know what yours looks like and I'll look into pricing.

Thank you!
This is what mine looks like for a similar cost. No supplements, large 6 x 10 meter cabin (with ensuite), 2 x channel crossings and it's £824 per person.

This one includes all meals INCLUDING lunch, entertainment, about 20 themed bars, 3 swimming pools, a movable observation tower, a go kart track, a surf simulator, room service and someone who is paid to make little animal sculpture out of the hand towels.



Sorry guys, but there is no way that £780 per person stacks up for Le Mans. It's a weekend away in a tent, not a family holiday.

We will be going back to a couple of foam mattress in the back of the Discovery and parked in the Rouge parking near the circuit entrance.

PS. I've just checked and in 2016 we paid £1100 for three of us at PH/1st tickets including GE and the more expensive Poole-Cherbourg crossing. OK no meals, but £366 per person and I remember thinking that was expensive.

Edited by ecs0set on Thursday 5th December 12:49


Edited by ecs0set on Thursday 5th December 12:49

chum racing

298 posts

161 months

Thursday 5th December 2019
quotequote all
Hi All,

This is Brian from 1st Tickets. I thought it best to post a general reply.

Unfortunately, our prices had to go up again this year by just over 4% compared to our 2018 Package prices. This is mainly due to increases costs and fees from the circuit for being an official agent and ticket price rises. The budget rate we secured against the Euro is similar to last year (and significantly lower than 2016), but we have to commit much earlier in the year, so are not benefitting from the current high rates. We do our best to keep increases to a minimum and look to make our package prices as competitive as possible.

The infrastructure and running costs for the private campsite are expensive and have steadily increased over the years. We have to rent the land from the circuit and use designated suppliers for toilets, showers, generator, marquee, tables, chairs, lighting, audio equipment, fencing, security agents, recruit event staff, etc. This is the same for all the official agents and approved retailers that provide on circuit private camping packages. Therefore, private camping is, unfortunately, not cheap.

We recognise that private camping is not for everyone and it is possible to stay at Le Mans for a much lower price by staying on the public campsites. However, you do not have the same level of facilities provided. As an official agent for the circuit we have access to the full range of public campsites at the circuit and have a good number of customers that prefer to stay on these sites and fend for themselves.

Hopefully, this helps clarify the situation, but do feel free to PM me directly if you require any additional information.












Howard1650

111 posts

146 months

Wednesday 15th January
quotequote all
Le Mans is starting to lose its middle audience.
Fine if you want to spend 3 days sh*ting in a bucket too pissed to remember why you’re there. Or, fine if you’re on someone’s £7k hospitality package with direct flights from the U.K.

24 hours at the Nürburgring is the way to go.

The Leaper

3,713 posts

161 months

Wednesday 15th January
quotequote all
Last time I went with my son was 2015. I did everything on a DIY basis. We travelled out early Friday and returned Monday, so 3 nights, 4 days.

Total costs was £715 each. This included absolutely everything:

Eurotunnel
All car fuel
All tolls
Travel insurance for both of us
Car insurance for son to drive my car
Hotel :1 room each
ACO annual membership
Parking at the circuit (Parking Blanc)
General entrance tickets
Grandstand seats (La Raccordiment)
All meals, all drinks, ie on the way there and back and also while at Le Mans, lunches, dinners out etc.
All other incidentals

This compared very favourably at the time with organisations that will arrange the entire thing for you. I reckon that had I used one of them the cost would have been about double.

R.

davidd

6,066 posts

239 months

Wednesday 15th January
quotequote all
I’ve put together a package. 2 of us in a car, via the tunnel, normal pitch. £620 each. I looked at doing it with some mates on houx last year and it was about £375 each. I think that £255 for meals, great showers and clean toilets, security, a bar and help on hand is worthwhile but it is clearly all subjective.

mstrbkr

7,441 posts

153 months

Thursday 16th January
quotequote all
davidd said:
I’ve put together a package. 2 of us in a car, via the tunnel, normal pitch. £620 each. I looked at doing it with some mates on houx last year and it was about £375 each. I think that £255 for meals, great showers and clean toilets, security, a bar and help on hand is worthwhile but it is clearly all subjective.
The facilities in the public sites get worse year on year, i think mainly to do with the growing numbers of people coming. When you've been to a few over the years and end up slumming it for a long weekend, these prices end up looking attractive. At the Classic in 2018 we said "never again".

£490 per person for the Classic this year on the PH/First Tickets site - I personally consider the extra money worth it to ensure a great weekend, but as you say others may not.

Petrolhead67

3 posts

8 months

Saturday 22nd February
quotequote all
I have booked this with a mate , I'm to old to be slumming it , hopefully I will be pleased with the service we get .

A couple of Qs if anyone could help ?

we are around 2 hrs from the channel tunnel in the UK and were going to travel down either late Thursday night and travel through the night or quite early Friday morn say leave at 5 am . what would you say was the best option ?

I believe the race finishes at 3 pm on Sunday , with sorting ourselves out etc , what would you say was a reasonable time to catch/ book the euro star on the Sunday night , I was thinking around 22,30 / 23,00 ?

LawrieC

187 posts

59 months

Saturday 22nd February
quotequote all
The race starts at 4pm this year, so I assume it finishes at 4pm too.

Allow about 5 hours for the drive - probably nearer 4 on the toll motorways, and hour to get to the car, an hour to get out of town, plus a spare hour, and you're looking at midnight. Any other views?

I'm horrified at the amount I pay for tickets, but its less than the figures mentioned earlier. Add the ferry, fuel, food and drink and you're in the same ball park. The hidden cost is substantial and is the owning and keeping of a caravan, but I do get a comfy bed, a fridge etc and a smart bucket. When I started, you got change out of £120, and that included a grandstand seat and access to the pit balcony.

Edited by LawrieC on Saturday 22 February 23:12

Nicolamarie

4 posts

1 month

Tuesday
quotequote all
Does anyone have 1 ticket to sell, i was hoping to go to my first Le Mans this year !

Ben Lowden

2,294 posts

132 months

PH Marketing Bloke

Tuesday
quotequote all
Nicolamarie said:
Does anyone have 1 ticket to sell, i was hoping to go to my first Le Mans this year !
Welcome to PH! I'd recommend posting in our wanted thread here https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

Nicolamarie

4 posts

1 month

Tuesday
quotequote all
Ben Lowden said:
Welcome to PH! I'd recommend posting in our wanted thread here https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...
Thank you smile

//j17

3,461 posts

178 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
Ben Lowden said:
Nicolamarie said:
Does anyone have 1 ticket to sell, i was hoping to go to my first Le Mans this year !
Welcome to PH! I'd recommend posting in our wanted thread here https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...
Unless there's a pressing reason to go this year I'd actually suggest pushing it to 2021 for your first Le Mans. Yes it will still be Le Mans in 2020, but it's not going to be quite "Le Mans". If you're already addicted that's fine but, well, it might just be Methadone rather than the full, uncut Heroin this year.

wsn03

1,259 posts

56 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
//j17 said:
Ben Lowden said:
Nicolamarie said:
Does anyone have 1 ticket to sell, i was hoping to go to my first Le Mans this year !
Welcome to PH! I'd recommend posting in our wanted thread here https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...
Unless there's a pressing reason to go this year I'd actually suggest pushing it to 2021 for your first Le Mans. Yes it will still be Le Mans in 2020, but it's not going to be quite "Le Mans". If you're already addicted that's fine but, well, it might just be Methadone rather than the full, uncut Heroin this year.
Of my group of 11 for 2020 only 2 of us are going in September (we are addicts with issues)...the rest don't see the point because they know it won't be normal atmosphere and events etc. and are deferring to 2021.

There will be no pitlane walkabout, drivers parade, car shows - these are a big part of the experience/ event


Edited by wsn03 on Wednesday 1st July 12:25

Yil

132 posts

93 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
wsn03 said:
Of my group of 11 for 2020 only 2 of us are going in September (we are addicts with issues)...the rest don't see the point because they know it won't be normal atmosphere and events etc. and are deferring to 2021.

There will be no pitlane walkabout, drivers parade, car shows - these are a big part of the experience/ event

Can you sell a couple of tickets then, or are you transfering until 2021....
Edited by wsn03 on Wednesday 1st July 12:25

wsn03

1,259 posts

56 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
Yil said:
wsn03 said:
Of my group of 11 for 2020 only 2 of us are going in September (we are addicts with issues)...the rest don't see the point because they know it won't be normal atmosphere and events etc. and are deferring to 2021.

There will be no pitlane walkabout, drivers parade, car shows - these are a big part of the experience/ event

Can you sell a couple of tickets then, or are you transfering until 2021....
Edited by wsn03 on Wednesday 1st July 12:25
I don't have any tickets sorry, I just buy them on the gate when I get there - and all my group do the same