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Old 7 Jul 2016, 12:20 (Ref:3657482)   #961
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to be honest, 20 years ago this event was quite fun with people turning up with motorised arm chairs and all very good natured, but it decended into a very ugly event, Not been in a long time, but the drunks and sometimes evil idiots started to spray people with urin, break glass under car tyres, throw bottles and the violent elements made it very unpleasent, best avoided at all cost and never take a car anywhere near it unless you want it ruined and a good chance you could end up in the hands of the local police if you loss control and hurt someone.
True, when I started 11 years ago it was all harmless and fun, now it is all about idiots 'hurting' other peoples and cars.
Most terrible thing, the police is looking at it and does nothing.
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Old 7 Jul 2016, 17:04 (Ref:3657524)   #962
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One thing I didn't see mentioned here but we found was Mad Friday. We saw people setting up early on Friday with lawn chairs on the road into the circuit near P Curves and wondered what they were doing. When we got back to that area around 3 or 4, the drunks were in full form egging on the passers by to rev it up and do burn outs. The cops didn't seem to care in the least. That would never fly in the States.
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True, when I started 11 years ago it was all harmless and fun, now it is all about idiots 'hurting' other peoples and cars.
Most terrible thing, the police is looking at it and does nothing.
Well two years ago I remember the police came in full riot gear to break up the Mad Friday at Maison Blanche. Why they did nothing this year is a question to me, perhaps the resources where spent else where? (Football/General Security)
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Old 8 Jul 2016, 10:52 (Ref:3657647)   #963
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Thought I'd add to this thread from a rookie perspective. I read most of this thread and it did help. We camped with Travel Destinations and those guys were great. Always friendly, kept the place clean, decent bathrooms, two places to get food, TV's to watch the race, and our own spectating area. Though we never did get any of that special Spitfire Ale they promised. They did have great bacon and sausage baguettes though.

We didn't have reserved seats and that was fine by us. We went up to the start line for the support race and stayed for the start of the big race since it was a good spot on the steps by pit out. We worked our way to Tetre Rouge then realized the long trip we had to get back to P Curves but it was fine. The trams, as most suggested, weren't too reliable. Went up into the tribunes for quali which was a cool spot and got some good photos. Also went to Arnage and Indianapolis for night quali which was a fantastic spot as you all said. It did poor down rain for the first 45 min or so but once they got going, it was great. We did drive over there as the walk at night would have been rough as there's no sidewalks and the ditches were full of water. Thought about going back during the race but didn't. Didn't quite stay awake for the whole thing but only slept about 4ish hours. We listened to RLM almost the whole time but I still feel like I missed a lot. It was all over so fast. We stuck around to the end but didn't go up to the trophy celebration.
Went to the Classic British Welcome on Friday as well as the LM museum but didn't go to the parade or pit walk. Not sure if I can afford to go again next year but I'm sure I'll get back sometime.
RX - nice post. I did the same thing as you when my son and I attended our first Le Mans in 2014 - read this entire thread and ask questions - everyone at Ten Tenths is very helpful! We attended our second race this years race. Like you, felt that we missed alot - but still had a great time. One of our goals was to try to do things that we were not able to do in 2014. We made it down to Arnage and Mulsanne corner. We attended the parade in 2014 so this year we went into town for dinner on Friday and sat next to a group of guys from Denmark and had a great discussion over dinner. Was that parade better this year with the shorter route? In 2014 it felt too drawn out. We also made it on the track for the podium celebration - but as we waited behind the gate - we missed seeing the dramatic finish!
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Old 16 Nov 2016, 11:44 (Ref:3688500)   #964
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How do you get to the inside of the start of the Porsche Curves (opp Travel Destinations camp site)?

Do you have to go down the external road that runs between the circuit and the airfield or can you do it from inside the track?

I have been meaning to get down there every year but have never managed it.
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Old 16 Nov 2016, 13:41 (Ref:3688533)   #965
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How do you get to the inside of the start of the Porsche Curves (opp Travel Destinations camp site)?

Do you have to go down the external road that runs between the circuit and the airfield or can you do it from inside the track?

I have been meaning to get down there every year but have never managed it.
I think this is where we went last year. Walk down the road and when you come to a turning on the right take that, under the track. Just after there was a path on the right which goes up past some allotments, at the top of that you turn right and get to the banks above the track. Probably took us about 20 minutes to walk and gives a good view.

Sorry I cannot do the clever map showing trick others can

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Old 16 Nov 2016, 13:52 (Ref:3688536)   #966
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The path is in between the house with the four big white dogs and the big garden, right?
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Old 16 Nov 2016, 15:26 (Ref:3688554)   #967
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It has changed in 2016. It used to be a small path just after the tunnel under the track. Now it is at the first exit in the roundabout, where you go into a campsite and follow the road around. If you do it by foot, it is some distance longer.
I have updated my map with the route:
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Old 17 Nov 2016, 15:46 (Ref:3688881)   #968
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Old 17 Nov 2016, 18:09 (Ref:3688908)   #969
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It has changed in 2016. It used to be a small path just after the tunnel under the track. Now it is at the first exit in the roundabout, where you go into a campsite and follow the road around. If you do it by foot, it is some distance longer.
I have updated my map with the route:
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I was thinking of a different place. If you look on your map, just after the road (D92) goes under the track on the right there is a line of trees by some allotments (garden areas for vegetables) - actually by the end of the first yellow box with D92 in it. There is a path by the trees and you reach a camp site and can go across it to the track to the point where you note great shot of cars incoming from Arnage.

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Old 17 Nov 2016, 20:55 (Ref:3688942)   #970
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I was thinking of a different place. If you look on your map, just after the road (D92) goes under the track on the right there is a line of trees by some allotments (garden areas for vegetables) - actually by the end of the first yellow box with D92 in it. There is a path by the trees and you reach a camp site and can go across it to the track to the point where you note great shot of cars incoming from Arnage.

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Thanks Sean,
I know the path you are thinking off. I tried to access it this year (2016) and found the gates you go through there to be locked, and was instead redirected to the path indicated on my map. Did you have luck to use the "old" path?
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Old 17 Nov 2016, 21:32 (Ref:3688948)   #971
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Thanks Sean,
I know the path you are thinking off. I tried to access it this year (2016) and found the gates you go through there to be locked, and was instead redirected to the path indicated on my map. Did you have luck to use the "old" path?
Yes, first time I had been out there. No problem on Saturday evening. Should have said before, thanks for the map very useful.

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One for everyone coming from somewhere in the EU: roaming charges for EU mobile subscribers while in the EU are going to be abolished from 15 June (aka while we're at the race); my understanding is that this means the data packages from home are going to be useful across Europe.

So we can Periscope/Facebook Live/whatever if the connection at the track is good enough.
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Old 30 Jan 2017, 17:28 (Ref:3707858)   #973
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One for everyone coming from somewhere in the EU: roaming charges for EU mobile subscribers while in the EU are going to be abolished from 15 June (aka while we're at the race); my understanding is that this means the data packages from home are going to be useful across Europe.

So we can Periscope/Facebook Live/whatever if the connection at the track is good enough.
That means +200.000 people will be connecting to use data.
I don't see any good connection happening.
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That means +200.000 people will be connecting to use data.
I don't see any good connection happening.
Well no, in 2015 I could barely get enough signal during the race to post 2 pictures on Facebook during the whole 24h.
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