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leyorkie

1,155 posts

134 months

Friday 18th September
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lowdrag said:
Well, were were three today at the Break, Phil and friend with the Corvette and me with the XKSS. We passeda a good couple of hours together and they are off into town for a good meal. I shall be there again at noon as always if anyone else wants to join in for a beer. The Stella bar at Tertre Rouge is, they tell me, closed for the weekend.
“We few we happy few” comes to mind

leyorkie

1,155 posts

134 months

Friday 18th September
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wsn03 said:
Watching this thread with interest. Hoping some photos go up just to see how deserted it really is
Photos like theses or do you just want to see empty streets?

wsn03

1,527 posts

59 months

Friday 18th September
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leyorkie said:
wsn03 said:
Watching this thread with interest. Hoping some photos go up just to see how deserted it really is
Photos like theses or do you just want to see empty streets?
A nice mixture of both please smile

Vette_1978

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3,085 posts

180 months

Friday 18th September
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wsn03 said:
A nice mixture of both please smile
Well I would, but not actually taken the camera out of the bag yet. Really good to meet Lowdrag today and put a face to a name, top fella, nice Jag. Nipped into town today, not the greatest, parked at cathedral, wandered looking for place to get food, (found 7 Plats Lowdrag) nothing open in the afternoon, went to Mulligans, a banker for a mixed grill, no joy. Ended up at Buffalo Grill with some Italian Dellara mechanics. Half decent, crawled out of town in rush hour, Vette overhearing, back to digs for evening of cheap wine and podcast comedy. See what happens tomorrow for race, could be watching on tv, well the weather has been great, celebrate the small things.

Vette_1978

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3,085 posts

180 months

Saturday 19th September
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For anyone watching and listening to Eurosport, the comment from Mark Cole about the lightning came from us, Martin and Phil. At least we had some involvement in the weekend. Like the end of the world in the distance, might not make it to the circuit but looks very impressive. Glad we’re not camping.

Great Dane

2,452 posts

124 months

Sunday 20th September
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lowdrag said:
Well, were were three today at the Break, Phil and friend with the Corvette and me with the XKSS. We passeda a good couple of hours together and they are off into town for a good meal. I shall be there again at noon as always if anyone else wants to join in for a beer. The Stella bar at Tertre Rouge is, they tell me, closed for the weekend.
Went there a couple years ago... more like five... only mention it because we had a funny experience there... Friday afternoon... at the next table sat four undertakers having a quick pression after at hard week of work... how did we know they were undertakers??? Because there were two hearses parked next to the bar... happy days

wsn03

1,527 posts

59 months

Saturday 26th September
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So chaps how was it?
Was it worth the trip?
How are you coping with quarantine?
Let's hope it was a one off.

Vette_1978

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3,085 posts

180 months

Saturday 26th September
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Was it worth it? Simple answer, yes. Out for beers in Ashford on Monday, all good. Out in Deauville on Tuesday at King Orry pub drinking Delerium Red, until the landlord decided we’d had enough to be driving the next day. Wise words. The drive to Le Mans was class, stopped at usual place on way for coffee, pulled into Tetre Rouge for beer at about 2pm when we found out they were closing at 4pm for the weekend. Went to Hunaudieres for a beer and found they were open all weekend, so we had an option for viewing.

Went to museum on Thursday for the Porsche exhibition, listened to practice from museum. Met up with Leyorkie in Le Lude in the evening for a couple a beers and a beautiful steak at Rose & Crown. Met up with Lowdrag at Le Break for beer on Friday before a trip into town in search of food, ended up with beer at Mulligans before heading to Buffalo Grill where we ate next to the Dellara mechanics.

Race day we set ourselves up with wine, 1664, cheese and crisps with Eurosport on the Firestick sat on the deck. Sunday we set off to Mulsanne, watched at Hunaudieres and then decided to head to Heliberte to see if we could get a flight, which we did. So at 1pm we then had two laps in the helicopter flying under the Goodyear blimp and following a Toyota down Mulsanne. We also got a mention on Eurosport when the lightning was coming, but never arrived, was an awesome show down south, shame it never reached the circuit.

The last night out was in Bolougne drinking Guinnesss at the Irish Bar followed by a dicey kebab which I only got as it included a Merguez sausage,

As for quarantine, I work from home, so not a big deal, the wife did the shop, I spend time decorating. Just means I can’t got cycling till next Monday which is a bit of a pain. But I just think, “last week I was in Le Mans drinking red wine” so you know what, not being able to nip to Aldi is a small price to pay. I had a great week. Would I do it next year? Maybe not. But so glad I went this year.

wsn03

1,527 posts

59 months

Saturday 26th September
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Vette_1978 said:
Was it worth it? Simple answer, yes. Out for beers in Ashford on Monday, all good. Out in Deauville on Tuesday at King Orry pub drinking Delerium Red, until the landlord decided we’d had enough to be driving the next day. Wise words. The drive to Le Mans was class, stopped at usual place on way for coffee, pulled into Tetre Rouge for beer at about 2pm when we found out they were closing at 4pm for the weekend. Went to Hunaudieres for a beer and found they were open all weekend, so we had an option for viewing.

Went to museum on Thursday for the Porsche exhibition, listened to practice from museum. Met up with Leyorkie in Le Lude in the evening for a couple a beers and a beautiful steak at Rose & Crown. Met up with Lowdrag at Le Break for beer on Friday before a trip into town in search of food, ended up with beer at Mulligans before heading to Buffalo Grill where we ate next to the Dellara mechanics.

Race day we set ourselves up with wine, 1664, cheese and crisps with Eurosport on the Firestick sat on the deck. Sunday we set off to Mulsanne, watched at Hunaudieres and then decided to head to Heliberte to see if we could get a flight, which we did. So at 1pm we then had two laps in the helicopter flying under the Goodyear blimp and following a Toyota down Mulsanne. We also got a mention on Eurosport when the lightning was coming, but never arrived, was an awesome show down south, shame it never reached the circuit.

The last night out was in Bolougne drinking Guinnesss at the Irish Bar followed by a dicey kebab which I only got as it included a Merguez sausage,

As for quarantine, I work from home, so not a big deal, the wife did the shop, I spend time decorating. Just means I can’t got cycling till next Monday which is a bit of a pain. But I just think, “last week I was in Le Mans drinking red wine” so you know what, not being able to nip to Aldi is a small price to pay. I had a great week. Would I do it next year? Maybe not. But so glad I went this year.
Wow. You had a better time than I thought, though I did expect you'd have a good time

Friday dinner with leyorkie at the Rose and Crown is becoming our thing, would be good if you do it again next year, failing that my lad will get to dribble over your motor at Arbor.

I had a really good time staying in a quiet little village living as though we were at Le Mans, I luckily know how to do steak French style, and we had a cracking TV. However given the choice I'd have gone to Le Mans, but couldn't sadly because of the quarantine rules.

Hopefully there won't be anything unusual to consider about next year.
Great write up, thanks

wsn03

1,527 posts

59 months

Monday 5th October
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Are you all comin out of quarantine today? What was it like?
Are you allowed to exercise when you're in it?


Vette_1978

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3,085 posts

180 months

Monday 5th October
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wsn03 said:
Are you all comin out of quarantine today? What was it like?
Are you allowed to exercise when you're in it?
Officially its 14 days after the day you return, so tomorrow is the first real day we can leave the house. Only exercise can be indoors or in garden, so not done anything, will be getting bike out tomorrow though that's for sure. My mate got called by border force after a few days, I've heard nothing. No checks at border for the locator forms, bit of a joke. Apart from that's its been fine, I've been working from home anyway so not have to travel, just had to get food delivered or have wife shop, but its been quite easy.

wsn03

1,527 posts

59 months

Monday 5th October
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Vette_1978 said:
wsn03 said:
Are you all comin out of quarantine today? What was it like?
Are you allowed to exercise when you're in it?
Officially its 14 days after the day you return, so tomorrow is the first real day we can leave the house. Only exercise can be indoors or in garden, so not done anything, will be getting bike out tomorrow though that's for sure. My mate got called by border force after a few days, I've heard nothing. No checks at border for the locator forms, bit of a joke. Apart from that's its been fine, I've been working from home anyway so not have to travel, just had to get food delivered or have wife shop, but its been quite easy.
So all over from tomorrow then, that's good. I wouldn't have enjoyed that but it could happen to any of us at any time if there's an outbreak in the pub/ restaurant etc we visit.
Interesting they actually are ringing people to check in some cases - I guess the threat of it will scare most people regarding a fine.
For some reason I thought everyone in the house had to isolate, but I'm guessing not then - that makes things a bit easier I'm sure. All in all a proper PITA...however, you did get to go to Le Mans when all is said and done, and for you, unlike the rest of us, next year definitely will be better than the last regardless of what happens