Le Mans Virgins!

Le Mans Virgins!

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GTD1000

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9 posts

Tuesday 14th January
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My first Le Mans this year, beyond excited! Three 25 y/o's arriving midday Wednesday & staying at BSJ. Can anyone tell me the best things to do/see in the run up to the race? I know i wont be able to see it all but want to be able to pick and choose. Also any advice for BSJ? Ive read the horror stories but im not too bothered about them as the good appears to outweigh them. Also please use this thread to spout pretty much anything related to going to Le Mans. Thanks in advance!

Edited by GTD1000 on Tuesday 14th January 11:28

Tyre Smoke

12,837 posts

210 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Lock valuables out of sight when you are away from the campsite. Trust nobody. Look out for pick pockets in crowds.

Go to the museum by the track.
Take the tram into the centre of Le Mans Friday late afternoon and watch some of the drivers parade (if that's your thing) or just have a few beers.
Watch as much of the qualifying as you can - you can access the grandstands free for paractice/qualifying

Take VERY comfortable shoes for walking - you will do a lot of it.

Above all, do as much or as little as you want, because there's always next year. And the year after, and after that...

I'm going for the 16th year on the trot.

delta0

1,227 posts

55 months

Tuesday 14th January
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BSJ public site? Then definitely lock everything away.

You are close to Porsche curves so this is going to be a great spot for you to watch the race. Super quick to get there from BSJ.

Make sure you get into Le Mans town. Friday is a good day to do it. Great atmosphere. Really easy to get to using the tram.

Have you got grandstand tickets? If not find a good spot early on for the start and finish.

Get the free bus around to Mulsanne and Arnage. Don’t leave that late on Sunday unless you plan to watch the end of the race from that spot.

Make sure you get to all the corners. You can walk the track from Karting to Tetre Rouge.

davidd

5,998 posts

233 months

Tuesday 14th January
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See Arnage and Mulsanne at night.
Take bikes if you can.
If you are staying on sunday night beware of thieves (beware all the time, but more on sunday).
Watch your speed on the way down.
Buy a toll tag, but avoid the autoroute if you can.
Stickers are entertaining.
If you have time on friday try and get to the classic british welcome then back to the other car show on the mulsanne corner.
If you forget camping stuff don't worry there is a decathlon on the mulsanne straight.
Town on friday night is rammed, if you get out of the main square it gets easier to find somewhere to eat.
Take plenty of bog roll.
If you have a slightly wide car and alloys get the high train across the tunnel.
Karting is great fun and not expensive.
Don't worry if you miss stuff, you will be back next year, and the year after....etc.

Tyre Smoke

12,837 posts

210 months

Tuesday 14th January
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davidd said:
See Arnage and Mulsanne at night.
Take bikes if you can.
If you are staying on sunday night beware of thieves (beware all the time, but more on sunday).
Watch your speed on the way down.
Buy a toll tag, but avoid the autoroute if you can.
Stickers are entertaining.
If you have time on friday try and get to the classic british welcome then back to the other car show on the mulsanne corner.
If you forget camping stuff don't worry there is a decathlon on the mulsanne straight.
Town on friday night is rammed, if you get out of the main square it gets easier to find somewhere to eat.
Take plenty of bog roll.
If you have a slightly wide car and alloys get the high train across the tunnel.
Karting is great fun and not expensive.
Don't worry if you miss stuff, you will be back next year, and the year after....etc.
Really don't bother. A load of nasal socks and sandal wearers discussing the output flange on a '68 Morgan.

It's a waste of most of the day travelling there and back.

GTD1000

Original Poster:

9 posts

Tuesday 14th January
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This is all great thanks! In regards to the tunnel comment, I drive a Golf GTD so not too wide, but i do have 19" alloys and low profile tyres, will this be a problem?

LawrieC

22 posts

53 months

Tuesday 14th January
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GTD1000 said:
….. but i do have 19" alloys and low profile tyres, will this be a problem?
Only with the fashion police!

St Saturnin is awkward to get to, and there are now car events some of the nearer villages - Ruadin, Mulsanne and Arnage, whose bars and cafes are worth a visit.

Do have a good wander around - get as far as Tetre Rouge and Maison Blanche


hairy vx220

51 posts

93 months

Great Dane

2,286 posts

115 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Posting my spotters guide

Popeye Nick

3 posts

58 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Hi ive been for the last 6 years and would always recomend the gathering along the Mulsane Straight on Friday from 11am onwards we normally see Colin Bell at the Pub there

cn7k7

35 posts

93 months

Wednesday 15th January
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Popeye Nick said:
Hi ive been for the last 6 years and would always recomend the gathering along the Mulsane Straight on Friday from 11am onwards we normally see Colin Bell at the Pub there
You might get to see Derek Bell also!

FredericRobinson

1,877 posts

181 months

Wednesday 15th January
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Popeye Nick said:
Hi ive been for the last 6 years and would always recomend the gathering along the Mulsane Straight on Friday from 11am onwards we normally see Colin Bell at the Pub there
No thanks, not a City fan

davidd

5,998 posts

233 months

Wednesday 15th January
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Tyre Smoke said:
Really don't bother. A load of nasal socks and sandal wearers discussing the output flange on a '68 Morgan.

It's a waste of most of the day travelling there and back.
haha, that is a fair point. Never seems to take us long to get there and back but we tend to go quite early, have a quick look round then head back to Mulsanne.

I think the Output flange would be hand crafted from a 200 year old piece of ash, or perhaps willow.

davidd

5,998 posts

233 months

Wednesday 15th January
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hairy vx220 said:
We always have the red sausage at Arnage at around 1:00am. Touching wood etc we have always been ok.

GTD1000

Original Poster:

9 posts

Wednesday 15th January
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Any recommendations for places to stop on the way down? We are getting the 6:25 crossing so plenty of time, gathered we may as well spend as much time there as possible instead of waiting around to set off

GTD1000

Original Poster:

9 posts

Wednesday 15th January
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Also we are staying Sunday night as well, but arent taking anything valuable which cant be locked in my car

cn7k7

35 posts

93 months

Wednesday 15th January
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GTD1000 said:
Any recommendations for places to stop on the way down? We are getting the 6:25 crossing so plenty of time, gathered we may as well spend as much time there as possible instead of waiting around to set off
Hotel Au Normandy in Seés, just north of Alencon, regular stop off for many Le Mans goers. Normally some great cars, the food is good value and excellent and the patron always very welcoming

Tyre Smoke

12,837 posts

210 months

Wednesday 15th January
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davidd said:
Tyre Smoke said:
Really don't bother. A load of nasal socks and sandal wearers discussing the output flange on a '68 Morgan.

It's a waste of most of the day travelling there and back.
haha, that is a fair point. Never seems to take us long to get there and back but we tend to go quite early, have a quick look round then head back to Mulsanne.

I think the Output flange would be hand crafted from a 200 year old piece of ash, or perhaps willow.
Stinks of Creosote though.

davidd

5,998 posts

233 months

Wednesday 15th January
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Tyre Smoke said:
Stinks of Creosote though.
Love the smell of Creosote

Kev_Mk3

1,472 posts

44 months

Wednesday 15th January
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Tyre Smoke said:
Lock valuables out of sight when you are away from the campsite. Trust nobody. Look out for pick pockets in crowds.

Go to the museum by the track.
Take the tram into the centre of Le Mans Friday late afternoon and watch some of the drivers parade (if that's your thing) or just have a few beers.
Watch as much of the qualifying as you can - you can access the grandstands free for paractice/qualifying

Take VERY comfortable shoes for walking - you will do a lot of it.

Above all, do as much or as little as you want, because there's always next year. And the year after, and after that...

I'm going for the 16th year on the trot.
This and 16th for me also.

Also take a radio to listen to radio Le Mans when you can.

this will also help you ALOT -

http://www.clubarnage.com/forum/index.php?topic=13...