Le Mans Newbie at 65!!

Le Mans Newbie at 65!!

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lemans newbie

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3 posts

1 month

Friday 10th January
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Hi all, at last I am going to Le Mans now I am retired. Going for the whole week!, Ferry late on sat. night and not back until Tuesday following week. Camping at Houx and am wondering if any of you have directions on how to get to the campsite please. My son is dead jealous as he has been there as part of a Private Team (Martin Short) 4 times but has never been able to soak up the atmosphere. I know regulations mean that cars will be different but hey, who cares. one more tick on my bucket list.

gt6

1,230 posts

135 months

Friday 10th January
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if you are going Tuesday the easy way is just follow the green signs, if you what to get there quicker then head for the big carrefore then drive towards the circuit pass the big roundabout heading towards mulsanne and just as you enter the mulsanne straight turn right down the slope, at bottom head left and follow signs or just everyone else. If Mulsanne closed take next turning of roundabout then sharp right down a step hill and right at bottom passing under the mulsanne straight on to the same road.

dynosoar

90 posts

138 months

Friday 10th January
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Yep, as above.
Follow Parking Vert. P vert. Signs and it will get you there easily.
You will be required to show tickets for camping and entry at the gate and possibly have an inspection of you luggage area for whatever bullst excuses they direct at contraband. Ie no glass in the campsite / circuit.
So avoid stocking up with stubbies and plonk in glass or bury it well.
We take gallon tins of Adnams...

Try Club Arnage website for load of useful info. There will be a bunch of us sharing a pitch with the Drinking for Holland boys on Houx as usual.

And have fun.

A

DS240

3,113 posts

168 months

Friday 10th January
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Better late than never!

Have a great weekend... can’t believe you never went when you had some inside access.

StevieBee

8,383 posts

205 months

Saturday 11th January
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You mention you're heading back the Tuesday after the race.

The place is effectively shut down at around 6pm on the Sunday from then on, you're on your own. No electricity (if you've booked a hook up) toilets and showers go unattended. No hot water. Security go home. Things can then become a little lively as the knuckle-draggers come out to play and the local traveller folk come a roaming!




MadMacMcMad

1,236 posts

204 months

Saturday 11th January
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Get to LeHoux Wednesday and leave no later than early Monday.
The race ends at 4 on Sunday, so more than normal will stay for Sunday night and the roads will be mayhem if you try to get out before 7.
The pykies will be wandering around Monday, so if you want to keep it, lock it in your car.

LawrieC

66 posts

54 months

Saturday 11th January
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You seem to have started off well, and are going the full week, like me. The smaller French supermarkets are open on Sunday morning, so invest in some tins of beer, bottles of wine, coffee, garlic sausage, bread & cheese etc on the way down

Follow the green signs to Houx. Have a look at the map of stands and campsites to work out where you are and where to go next. Set up camp on Sunday, and have a bit of a wander around/acclimatisation etc.

On Monday, as you're not far from the tram, head into town and watch some of the scrutineering. The ACO publish a timetable so pick a time when theres interesting cars going through. Find a town map first. Head for a meal and a few beers.

Tuesday is a day off really, ideal for stocking up the supplies. Do look at the ACO timetable, as there are odd events. The main pitwalk should start at 10:00 on Wednesday, and the roads closures start as Practice starts at 3:30.

The rest is all downhill. Do take a radio and headphones/ear defenders for Radio Le Mans, and take a sense of humour

FredericRobinson

1,923 posts

182 months

Saturday 11th January
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LawrieC said:
You seem to have started off well, and are going the full week, like me. The smaller French supermarkets are open on Sunday morning, so invest in some tins of beer, bottles of wine, coffee, garlic sausage, bread & cheese etc on the way down
The Carrefour at Mulsanne corner is open, good excuse to go for a spin round the public road sections of the track, which is an essential part of the trip.

Strasse

14 posts

131 months

Saturday 11th January
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This might be helpful

https://www.le-mans-guide.co.uk/where-to-shop

2020 website will be published by the end of the month.

Enjoy
Strasse

LawrieC

66 posts

54 months

Sunday 12th January
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Strasse said:
Useful map to start with, and that whole website looks pretty handy, and it will include this years schedule in about a month.

The smaller supermarkets usually open from 9:00 to 12:30 on Sundays, so you should make Le Mans/Mulsanne before they shut. Anyone on a later ferry should can stop en route before they close.

Last year, the Monday was a bank holiday, with everything shut, which caught a few out

David W.

1,468 posts

159 months

Sunday 12th January
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To avoid the Monday rush home we always stay on in a hotel or Air B&B would work nearby or south near the Loire for an extra few nights. Dont miss out on a drive around the road part of the circuit on Monday and spend some time in Le Mans town centre which is lovely.

Tyre Smoke

13,116 posts

211 months

Sunday 12th January
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StevieBee said:
You mention you're heading back the Tuesday after the race.

The place is effectively shut down at around 6pm on the Sunday from then on, you're on your own. No electricity (if you've booked a hook up) toilets and showers go unattended. No hot water. Security go home. Things can then become a little lively as the knuckle-draggers come out to play and the local traveller folk come a roaming!
Not true on Houx. Electric hook up works on the Monday, block of showers/toilets fully serviced up at the track end. And no shortage of hot water.

surveyor

14,088 posts

134 months

Sunday 12th January
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Tyre Smoke said:
StevieBee said:
You mention you're heading back the Tuesday after the race.

The place is effectively shut down at around 6pm on the Sunday from then on, you're on your own. No electricity (if you've booked a hook up) toilets and showers go unattended. No hot water. Security go home. Things can then become a little lively as the knuckle-draggers come out to play and the local traveller folk come a roaming!
Not true on Houx. Electric hook up works on the Monday, block of showers/toilets fully serviced up at the track end. And no shortage of hot water.
Or BSJ. Security is still around. Cleaners not quite so much..

FARP

95 posts

108 months

Monday 13th January
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A good land mark is the huge MM Arena Le Mans it’s about 1/2 mile from the Houx campsite. Type this location into Google maps and then open street view, this gives you a really good view of the route to the campsite.
Not sure wether you can collect your pension on a Thursday from the Post Office in Le Mans, I’ve never tried 😂😂

Tyre Smoke

13,116 posts

211 months

Monday 13th January
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If you want sat nav to take you to the gate at Houx, put Chemin Aux Boeufs as the street address.

lemans newbie

Original Poster:

3 posts

1 month

Thursday 16th January
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StevieBee said:
You mention you're heading back the Tuesday after the race.

The place is effectively shut down at around 6pm on the Sunday from then on, you're on your own. No electricity (if you've booked a hook up) toilets and showers go unattended. No hot water. Security go home. Things can then become a little lively as the knuckle-draggers come out to play and the local traveller folk come a roaming!
Sorry I should have said that I will be leaving the campsite on Monday but am staying at Rouen for the night before driving to Calais on the Tuesday. I presume the campsite will still be operational until lunchtime on the Monday?

Big Robbo

318 posts

96 months

Thursday 16th January
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You shouldn't have any problems leaving on Monday morning. Were doing the same leaving early Monday, stopping for breakfast at Rouen, before running up to Calais via Leclercs in Boulogne to fill up the boot with alcohol.
Any thing else you want to know just ask

LawrieC

66 posts

54 months

Thursday 16th January
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I thought that Houx kept going till noon on Monday

morfmedia

85 posts

177 months

Saturday 18th January
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Yeah Houx should be fine until mid day ish but keep some toilet paper for the Monday!

surveyor

14,088 posts

134 months

Saturday 18th January
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A linky to the entrance..

https://goo.gl/maps/RCH9V1NovgcM7dde7