Travel Destinations Porsche curves

Travel Destinations Porsche curves

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Midlifecrisis4

30 posts

62 months

Saturday 10th February
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We went with TD at Porsche Curves in 2017 and 2019. The banking view was a major selling point for us and we had a decent pitch on both occasions, as in right by the bank itself. The showers and marquee were ok in 2017 but both went downhill in 2019. Fast forward to 2022 and we went with Lycian and they were far better in every aspect right from the initial booking to the day we left to head back to Blighty! We've booked with Lycian for this year and hoping they hit the mark again.

That view from the Bank is a major factor of the curves and I think TD rely too much on that rather than focus on the service element i.e 1. booking and 2 delivering a top service on site itself. In my view Lycian do that!

Ben Jk

1,652 posts

168 months

Sunday 11th February
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Midlifecrisis4 said:
We went with TD at Porsche Curves in 2017 and 2019. The banking view was a major selling point for us and we had a decent pitch on both occasions, as in right by the bank itself. The showers and marquee were ok in 2017 but both went downhill in 2019. Fast forward to 2022 and we went with Lycian and they were far better in every aspect right from the initial booking to the day we left to head back to Blighty! We've booked with Lycian for this year and hoping they hit the mark again.

That view from the Bank is a major factor of the curves and I think TD rely too much on that rather than focus on the service element i.e 1. booking and 2 delivering a top service on site itself. In my view Lycian do that!
We will be looking for an alternative for 2026.

Northcote67

163 posts

47 months

Monday 12th February
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Aysedasi2 said:
I guess it depends on TD continuing to operate. I've never been with them but from what I read, it sounds as though the service has deteriorated somewhat - at least the communication side of things. I guess as long as they keep handing over the cash to the ACO then the operation will continue.
They were fine before Covid, they must have been in trouble during and after Covid and I believe were taken over by Motorsport Events and that's when we lost the great customer service that TD used to offer, just part of a larger orginisation now who rightly or wrongly are focussed on the big buck. To be fair, once you are there it's still a great site if that's what you want, private banking at the curves, safe and not that rowdy site and now with a fan zone at BJ five minutes away. Would just love the big screen to return.

MicMax27

12 posts

13 months

Monday 12th February
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Midlifecrisis4 said:
We went with TD at Porsche Curves in 2017 and 2019. The banking view was a major selling point for us and we had a decent pitch on both occasions, as in right by the bank itself. The showers and marquee were ok in 2017 but both went downhill in 2019. Fast forward to 2022 and we went with Lycian and they were far better in every aspect right from the initial booking to the day we left to head back to Blighty! We've booked with Lycian for this year and hoping they hit the mark again.

That view from the Bank is a major factor of the curves and I think TD rely too much on that rather than focus on the service element i.e 1. booking and 2 delivering a top service on site itself. In my view Lycian do that!
I’ve booked with Lycian Events this year and I can’t fault the booking experience etc so far. I’ve heard many good things about the campsite itself as well so I’m looking forward to it. However I’m not looking forward to driving in France for the first time and doing it solo.

Aysedasi2

548 posts

19 months

Monday 12th February
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MicMax27 said:
I’ve booked with Lycian Events this year and I can’t fault the booking experience etc so far. I’ve heard many good things about the campsite itself as well so I’m looking forward to it. However I’m not looking forward to driving in France for the first time and doing it solo.
This year will be my 37th Le Mans and I didn't drive there myself until my 32nd. I've driven each time since myself. I really enjoy driving in France (the roads are generally so much better than our pothole-ridden roads!) and have driven solo for the last two years. I drive from Caen and the route is pretty easy. My one spot of advice is to take your time and enjoy the French countryside, there is no rush. And if you intend to use the peage get yourself a windscreen 'bipper' so you can drive straight through, the leap out of the car to the ticket booth and paying with a card is a real pain for the solo driver! wink

gt6

1,450 posts

187 months

Monday 12th February
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Yes the drive down is a massive part of the event. as said take it easy, do the old roads if you can rather than the autoroute (certainly after rouen) and stop several times, pick a cafe with interesting cars around and you will not be alone for long. Sit and watch the cars go by, as when driving you see only a few other cars if either you are overtaken or you overtake them. but whilst you sit having a coffee or beer you will see many more going past.

FredericRobinson

3,820 posts

234 months

Monday 12th February
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Depends which crossing you’re on of course, but if you are nervous about driving in France from the tunnel you can sit on the motorway all the way bar a mile or so at each end, it’s not interesting, but it’s very easy.
As for the toll booths, they’re not a problem if travelling solo, get out and walk round 4 times, don’t worry about the barrier, it won’t come back down until you’ve driven through, and there’s always lay-bys by the exit so you can pull in, stash your wallet away, put your seat belt on etc

Aysedasi2

548 posts

19 months

Monday 12th February
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FredericRobinson said:
Depends which crossing you’re on of course, but if you are nervous about driving in France from the tunnel you can sit on the motorway all the way bar a mile or so at each end, it’s not interesting, but it’s very easy.
As for the toll booths, they’re not a problem if travelling solo, get out and walk round 4 times, don’t worry about the barrier, it won’t come back down until you’ve driven through, and there’s always lay-bys by the exit so you can pull in, stash your wallet away, put your seat belt on etc
But a 'bipper' does make it really easy..... wink

The Leaper

4,989 posts

208 months

Tuesday 13th February
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Aysedasi2 said:
FredericRobinson said:
Depends which crossing you’re on of course, but if you are nervous about driving in France from the tunnel you can sit on the motorway all the way bar a mile or so at each end, it’s not interesting, but it’s very easy.
As for the toll booths, they’re not a problem if travelling solo, get out and walk round 4 times, don’t worry about the barrier, it won’t come back down until you’ve driven through, and there’s always lay-bys by the exit so you can pull in, stash your wallet away, put your seat belt on etc
But a 'bipper' does make it really easy..... wink
And avoid the queues, especially at LM time.

R.

MicMax27

12 posts

13 months

Thursday 15th February
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Aysedasi2 said:
This year will be my 37th Le Mans and I didn't drive there myself until my 32nd. I've driven each time since myself. I really enjoy driving in France (the roads are generally so much better than our pothole-ridden roads!) and have driven solo for the last two years. I drive from Caen and the route is pretty easy. My one spot of advice is to take your time and enjoy the French countryside, there is no rush. And if you intend to use the peage get yourself a windscreen 'bipper' so you can drive straight through, the leap out of the car to the ticket booth and paying with a card is a real pain for the solo driver! wink
I’be chosen to go from Plymouth to Roscoff, mainly because I live 10 minutes away from the port, but also to save a lot of driving the opposite direction haha. A guy in my watch has recommended getting a toll tag to make life easy, which I think I’ll certainly be investing in.

I’ve already researched the locations of supermarkets to stop at on the way to stock up, but I’ll definitely be stopping off in a little village or something to sample the local delicacies.

Midlifecrisis4

30 posts

62 months

Friday 16th February
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The drive down for me is a big part of the event. Driving down to the Chunnel and if it's sunny watching the sun rise as you do so. Once at the Chunnel seeing all the cars arrive and then once frogside enjoying the roads and the stops for food and fuel etc, chatting to fellow travellers, and enjoying the countryside views and banter via personal radios. Another vote for the emovis tag though especially if you're travelling solo.

Vsix and Vtec

708 posts

20 months

Friday 16th February
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I wanted the drive down to be an event for me (even got the car "Stickered up 4 LE Mans"), but unfortunately I always see more brits on the way home than the way there.

LawrieC

579 posts

106 months

Friday 16th February
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I'd never noticed this. I see very few brits on the way down, once I'm clear of the ferry. There are a few when I hit Le Mans, but I do go early to avoid the traffic

Mark_S1000RR_2010

37 posts

5 months

Friday 23rd February
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Anyone received their ferry booking confirmation yet from TD? I’m starting to get a bit anxious, especially as they want final payment in 2 weeks time.

Aysedasi2

548 posts

19 months

Friday 23rd February
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LawrieC said:
I'd never noticed this. I see very few brits on the way down, once I'm clear of the ferry. There are a few when I hit Le Mans, but I do go early to avoid the traffic
Very much the same here. I guess the majority of Brits go over from Wednesday/Thursday.

Truckosaurus

11,521 posts

286 months

Friday 23rd February
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LawrieC said:
I'd never noticed this. I see very few brits on the way down, once I'm clear of the ferry. There are a few when I hit Le Mans, but I do go early to avoid the traffic
The 'going' traffic is certainly more spread out over Tues-Friday, whereas the return is pretty much confined to leaving with just after the race or on the Monday morning so you're more likely to see other cars on the way back.

It doesn't help there's now two routes (fast vs scenic) from Rouen to Le Mans, when in the glory days around the turn of the century we all trundled down the N138 (as was).

Becks2702

Original Poster:

42 posts

109 months

Friday 23rd February
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Mark_S1000RR_2010 said:
Anyone received their ferry booking confirmation yet from TD? I’m starting to get a bit anxious, especially as they want final payment in 2 weeks time.
Same we’ve not yet had ours and really not happy to settle balance without knowing what crossings we are on!
Communication is terrible from them!

Ben Jk

1,652 posts

168 months

Saturday 24th February
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Mark_S1000RR_2010 said:
Anyone received their ferry booking confirmation yet from TD? I’m starting to get a bit anxious, especially as they want final payment in 2 weeks time.
Nope! I’m ringing Monday. Not a chance they are getting balance unless we have our crossing confirmation. Keen to know what is going on. Can only assume they still haven’t booked them!

Ben Jk

1,652 posts

168 months

Saturday 24th February
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Truckosaurus said:
LawrieC said:
I'd never noticed this. I see very few brits on the way down, once I'm clear of the ferry. There are a few when I hit Le Mans, but I do go early to avoid the traffic
The 'going' traffic is certainly more spread out over Tues-Friday, whereas the return is pretty much confined to leaving with just after the race or on the Monday morning so you're more likely to see other cars on the way back.

It doesn't help there's now two routes (fast vs scenic) from Rouen to Le Mans, when in the glory days around the turn of the century we all trundled down the N138 (as was).
First time I went (2010) we were travelling down Weds/Thursday from NW England and saw loads of stickered cars and convoy’s. Since then we travel Tuesday/Weds and see less. Although I think the stickering has dropped off. The first services after Rouen (on the fast route) is usually busy though.


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Ben Jk

1,652 posts

168 months

Monday 26th February
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I have just called TD. They have supposedly done everything their side and are waiting on Eurotunnel confirming bookings and there is a delay as Eurotunnel have "a lot going on". She said give us a couple more days, and then I said " so we should get confirmation by end of the week" to which she said "well I wouldn't want to commit to a date". Continues to feel very disorganised. More frustrating when I could go on line and book them myself so can't see how Eurotunnel would be delayed in confirming even with bulk bookings?!

When she pulled up our booking she asked me a vague question if I had completed all the documents they had sent out...well you should be able to see that surely?!!

st show.

Won't be booking with them again.


Edited by Ben Jk on Monday 26th February 13:13