Testing in May

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darrenlens

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2,519 posts

217 months

Monday 7th January 2002
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Has anyone been to the testing before? I am thinking about taking a drive down to watch in May but don't really know about the arrangements, can you camp? do your "main" race tickets get you into the testing for free?

Graham

16,276 posts

218 months

Monday 7th January 2002
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your main race tickets will get you in to the may testing, ( well they always have) but you will need to make sure you ticket agent knows you are going as they normally dont send the tickets till near to the main event.

not sur if the cam sites are open although it should be easier to get somthing hotle b&b ect at that time.

I've never been but it is supposed to be good. people giving it much more than during the race as as long as they have a decent time it doesnt matter so much if they stuff it.

FatBoy Spin

77 posts

206 months

Monday 7th January 2002
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We went down for a few years when the Panoz first came on the scene. At that time it was fery laid back - no check on the gates, we drove straight through the tunnel and parked up in the car park right next to parc fermee. Easy access to pits at no charge, etc. A few Brits, but not many.

Over the next few years it gained popularity as people realised the corners on their Enceinte General meant something! I understand it's very popular now.

You have to realise that you might see 70 teams fighting for 50 places. Some cars you will see never make it to the race. Weather's normally OK and the crowds (were) not there. It's also (normally) held on the May Bank holiday weekend, so travelling back's not a problem. Ferries aren't so expensive, either.

This year with the new Esses it will be very interesting. Don't expect so much in the way of beer tents/food stalls as it's not so well supported as the race itself.

Give it a try!

Guy Humpage

6,591 posts

218 months

Monday 7th January 2002
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The last couple of year's haven't included any official timing or fighting for grid places, as since the flying Mercedes incidents the FIA have insisted that teams have plenty of time to make sure their cars are safe on the unique Le Mans circuit.

None of the campsites are officially open but there's nothing to stop you pitching your tent in the grass car parks over the road.
A few of the permanent food and drink stalls in the 'village' are open during the test weekend, so you won't starve.

ginettag27

4,930 posts

203 months

Friday 11th January 2002
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I've been for the last two years.

It's a very interesting weekend (although 'better halfs' don't quite appreciate you disappearing on a Bank Holiday weekend)..

We usually book a hotel (book as early as poss. to avoid disappointment).

You get to see a few cars that won't be in the race itself...

Plus can move around most of the grandstands and get some different viewing.

I took some really good photos from above the Pits, whilst the cars were there.

Hoping to go this year, time/money/commitments allowing. :-)

It also means that there's less time before the 'pilgrimage' in June!!

Like Le Mans itself, once you've been once it's difficult not to go again.
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darrenlens

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2,519 posts

217 months

Saturday 12th January 2002
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I have booked the ferry and looking forward to a good weekend. hope to see a few Pistonheads down there.