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leyorkie

1,179 posts

136 months

Tuesday 15th September
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That would be the bridge across the main entrance ( Museum) to take pedestrians from the Dunlop side to the ACO side

lowdrag

10,895 posts

173 months

Tuesday 15th September
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Amazing! Emails flying in from people who are here in the vicinity, North of Le Mans and at La Chartre sur le Loir at the Hotel de France. We are now seven at table Thursday lunchtime! Getting better all the time!

lowdrag

10,895 posts

173 months

Wednesday 16th September
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I drove into the back entrance of the circuit today and wasn't questioned by anyone. I parked the car and walked into the media centre. Again, no control at all. I asked if there were any programmes this year for press reference and they told me none were printed. I walked around and no one asked who I was. It was chilling to see dayglow signs pointing to Covid testing stations. I didn't stay long; it sent shivers up my spine and was depressing to be there. So deathly quiet.

I played golf this morning early doors in view of the hot day in prospect, and as I passed the posts between Arnage and Mulsanne I asked at each post how many they were. it started at 17/36 usuals, the next post is the one after the Mulsanne bend and they were but three, at Mulsanne they were less than half the usual. The post on the hump before Mulsanne bend was empty, and no one at their camp site. Empty - no one. Usually there are 26 Brits there but they had all taken the decision to stay at home this year. I drove up the Mulsanne and stopped at the Hotel Arbor. Locked up; no one in, bar empty, no answer to my knocking. I spoke to the marshals at the second chicane; same reply - about half the usual numbers. As I drove further and further up the Mulsanne I looked at other posts. One had but a few cars and three caravans. I peeled up at the top and drove back down the service road behind the football stadium, and the only people I saw - and there were quite a lot - were the riot police wagons, the CRS.

I came home rather dejected.

Edited by lowdrag on Thursday 17th September 06:23

Tyre Smoke

15,808 posts

221 months

Wednesday 16th September
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Have to say, we did the same. In the opposite direction. Surprised to see so many caravans, but more CRS than anything else. Tertre Rouge bar open, at the front (circuitside) at least. The back looking derelict. Houx Annexe locked and empty, Houx locked and empty, save for a 'village' of caravans at the circuit end. Every campsite horribly empty. Save for officials/marshals. Everywhere really eerily quiet. Carrefour empty. No massive stacks of '33' or those skewers with chicken and green peppers. Had to look hard, but the Merguez were there!

What I can say is this year is a scorcher! But oddly dark from 7 until 7. Lowdrag is spot on, it's not Le Mans. All the social media trying to build it up, but there is no 91.2 FM. There are no flags on campsites, no barbecues, no watching the campsites fill up, no village, no atmosphere at all. I suppose on Saturday I will gently reposition my satellite dish to pick up German Eurosport and listen to Radio Le Mans via the web, and sit drinking a beer in the deserted campsite North of the city. There's a Scouse couple here that are on their way home after touring France for three weeks, us and two Dutch campervans on a campsite that's huge. Just the four pitches, three cats, four donkeys, two pigs, some chickens and four dogs. Lovely and peaceful, but it really shouldn't be in race week.


fatboy18

18,378 posts

171 months

Wednesday 16th September
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Well if the Tetre Rouge bar is open, can't you just pitch up in the carpark and listen to the cars roar past for the weekend?

What about the Chinese at Hunaudières on the Mulsanne?
Is dead Bat on the menu?

Im at Mulsanne according to Google Maps biggrin



Edited by fatboy18 on Wednesday 16th September 22:00

lowdrag

10,895 posts

173 months

Thursday 17th September
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An old Le Mans driver/journalist friend dropped me a line saying that Radio Le Mans is being broadcast - from Corby. That means no Janice memorably saying, when being asked who was coming into the pits " I dunno, but he has Shoei on his helmet"! Apparently all the top british print media are staying at home to write it up this weekend he tells me. At least I have five at table today, people who have come to Le Mans and dropped me a line, so at least we can have a convivial afternoon. I have some french here for a beer on Saturday for the start of the race, but I think, barring miracles, I shall probably go and play golf on Sunday.

wsn03

1,532 posts

61 months

Thursday 17th September
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Tyre Smoke said:
Have to say, we did the same. In the opposite direction. Surprised to see so many caravans, but more CRS than anything else. Tertre Rouge bar open, at the front (circuitside) at least. The back looking derelict. Houx Annexe locked and empty, Houx locked and empty, save for a 'village' of caravans at the circuit end. Every campsite horribly empty. Save for officials/marshals. Everywhere really eerily quiet. Carrefour empty. No massive stacks of '33' or those skewers with chicken and green peppers. Had to look hard, but the Merguez were there!

What I can say is this year is a scorcher! But oddly dark from 7 until 7. Lowdrag is spot on, it's not Le Mans. All the social media trying to build it up, but there is no 91.2 FM. There are no flags on campsites, no barbecues, no watching the campsites fill up, no village, no atmosphere at all. I suppose on Saturday I will gently reposition my satellite dish to pick up German Eurosport and listen to Radio Le Mans via the web, and sit drinking a beer in the deserted campsite North of the city. There's a Scouse couple here that are on their way home after touring France for three weeks, us and two Dutch campervans on a campsite that's huge. Just the four pitches, three cats, four donkeys, two pigs, some chickens and four dogs. Lovely and peaceful, but it really shouldn't be in race week.

I went round the Tertre Rouge end of the circuit during moto 24 last year, and because the bikes use the Bugatti circuit it was a ghost town, very strange if you've only been to Le Mans 24hr.
The bike race this year put me off going to anything, big ghost town - sad to see.

However you're in France, its warm, the food and the cars...you're still luckier than the rest of us staying in the UK. Enjoy.

wsn03

1,532 posts

61 months

Thursday 17th September
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lowdrag said:
I drove up the Mulsanne and stopped at the Hotel Arbor. Locked up; no one in, bar empty, no answer to my knocking. I spoke to the marshals at the second chicane; same reply - about half the usual numbers.

Edited by lowdrag on Thursday 17th September 06:23
I checked on Google more out of concern, they appear to be open with guest reviews so far up to August