2021 - Don't get too excited

2021 - Don't get too excited

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surveyor

16,053 posts

155 months

Saturday 7th August
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Sadly our awful dinner stop for Saturday night are not doing their awful 5 course dinner this year.

We will pop along for an awful beer and sandwich in the awfully noisy environment.

lowdrag

11,721 posts

184 months

Sunday 8th August
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FredericRobinson said:
There doesn't seem to be a great deal of interest in attending the race either? I'd assumed the much reduced number of tickets available would be snapped up quickly by the locals, but the ACO don't seem able to shift them, maybe the locals are keener on the "event' than the race?
The race was, in days of yore, always treated as a family outing, with picnics and plenty of wine, the kids playing together while parents chatted and watched the race. Many people here have recounted these lazy hazy days to me with a wistful smile. Increasing security, and restrictions - and a change of generational attitudes where many people don't even drive these days - has led to a lessening of interest, and yes, the economy is hurting, and badly. In town the other day quality restaurants are offering any main course from the menu for €10, and several bars I know are not even bothering to set up the usual awnings and BBQ's outside on the terrace. They know ticket sales are down, that the Brits are probably not coming, nor the Dutch or Germans, so why lay in kegs of beer and food that is just going to go to waste? And even worse neither are many marshals coming it seems so the race is going to be well undermanned. Which would indicate that this might just be a bargain event for those of you who have bitten the bullet and are coming. But I think that Mad Friday will probably be a damp squib. The weather has been foul (I had to park the car yesterday because the rain was so heavy driving was impossible) but it does seem that from Tuesday things are on the up and, while it is still two weeks away, the current prevision is 24C and sunny. In years to come you too will talk of "that year when we could move around with freedom and watching the race was a delight" so make the best of it. Arnage are putting on an event on the Friday I hear, but Mulsanne, Ruaudin, et al have shut up shop.

hunter 66

3,460 posts

191 months

Sunday 8th August
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Yes , suddenly all open , will be a unique year with reduced crowds , so looking forward to going

XJR9LM

72 posts

138 months

Monday 9th August
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lowdrag said:
Arnage are putting on an event on the Friday I hear, but Mulsanne, Ruaudin, et al have shut up shop.
Thanks lowdrag, sounds like we are going to Arnage on Friday then!

Great Dane

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2,537 posts

137 months

Monday 9th August
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Vette_1978

3,148 posts

193 months

Monday 9th August
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XJR9LM said:
Thanks lowdrag, sounds like we are going to Arnage on Friday then!
https://arnagedanslacourse.com/

V166

210 posts

186 months

Tuesday 10th August
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RobbyJ said:
Just got some sort of clarity for my 15 year old from the ACO:

"Dear Sir,

Your 15 year old son does not need a PCR test as the sanitary passport is compulsory from 18 years old.

Thank you for your understanding.

Kind regards"
Many thanks for sharing this. It was my main concern too (my boys aged 13 and 15 usually come along). They changed this along the way, without much (any) communication, did they? Anyway, much relieved now. Thanks again.

Now the little matter of finding out where to download the (converted from last year) etickets that they promised me time and time again banghead

T-bagger

404 posts

175 months

Tuesday 10th August
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Vette_1978 said:
Was looking forward to that then saw from the website that it’s on the Thursday - sad face


lowdrag

11,721 posts

184 months

Tuesday 10th August
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I've just seen the organizer and I hadn't realized either. If anyone is still going though, as you approach Arnage from the circuit there is a little roundabout after you cross the railway crossing. Turn left there. I shall probably pop in for a chat.

Nicolamarie

7 posts

17 months

Wednesday 11th August
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V166 said:
Many thanks for sharing this. It was my main concern too (my boys aged 13 and 15 usually come along). They changed this along the way, without much (any) communication, did they? Anyway, much relieved now. Thanks again.

Now the little matter of finding out where to download the (converted from last year) etickets that they promised me time and time again banghead
You should call ACO they don’t make it clear that you have to request them then they will email your e-tickets!!

Vette_1978

3,148 posts

193 months

Wednesday 11th August
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V166 said:
Now the little matter of finding out where to download the (converted from last year) etickets that they promised me time and time again banghead
Got mine printed yesterday. Log on to the Le Mans site, go to ticketing, login here, go to My Account, in here you should see orders, then within that you should see the e-tickets which can be downloaded and printed.

V166

210 posts

186 months

Wednesday 11th August
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Thanks for your comments. Yesterday the ticket office mailed me back. I still don't how or why but it seems I used an older still active website (via an old email link with my password) with an account, but without tickets confused

Anyway, all sorted now. Can't wait.

Oldwolf

596 posts

164 months

Wednesday 11th August
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I know the title of the thread is 'Don't get too excited' - but can we get excited now? smile

I know I am starting to get that usual last minute buzz. I'm going on Sunday so have a few jobs to do on the car tomorrow (stickers, replace the plug leads, fill 'er up). Start to pack the car Fri, final bits on Sat and then up at the crack of sparrows on Sunday and away smile

ecsrobin

13,490 posts

136 months

Wednesday 11th August
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Is it Eurosport like previous years for the best coverage this week?

Great Dane

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2,537 posts

137 months

Wednesday 11th August
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T-bagger said:
Was looking forward to that then saw from the website that it’s on the Thursday - sad face

Do I understand it right that you cant get in without test etc??

surveyor

16,053 posts

155 months

Wednesday 11th August
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Great Dane said:
T-bagger said:
Was looking forward to that then saw from the website that it’s on the Thursday - sad face

Do I understand it right that you cant get in without test etc??
Just use Toursanticovid app

FredericRobinson

2,513 posts

203 months

Wednesday 11th August
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ecsrobin said:
Is it Eurosport like previous years for the best coverage this week?
The WEC app for ad free coverage with bearable commentary, or Eurosport with Radio Le Mans

Vette_1978

3,148 posts

193 months

Wednesday 11th August
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ecsrobin said:
Is it Eurosport like previous years for the best coverage this week?
Yep, will be subscribing to Eurosport Player so you get ad free viewing, last year was about £8 for the month, so can then watch on phone, iPad or tv through Firestick.

lowdrag

11,721 posts

184 months

Thursday 12th August
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Great Dane said:
Do I understand it right that you cant get in without test etc??
It isn't, as I understand "getting in" at all. I think it is cars parked up in the town square, that's all. I'll be there, weather permitting, with the XKSS if anyone wants to say hello, but I probably won't stay long. Static events bore me these days, but I have been asked to make an appearance. Around 11am I expect.

Truckosaurus

8,815 posts

255 months

Thursday 12th August
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Also, if you've made it into the country and planning on getting into the race then you should already have the 'paperwork' to get into any shops/bars/shows as necessary.