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Old 27 May 2019, 14:35 (Ref:3906337)   #1
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Drivers Parade - Parking?

I haven't been to the parade for a few years now but as my son is coming again, this time with his girlfriend, I thought we'd go this year. A question (either for those who go each year, or perhaps for Eric) - where's the best place to park? I was thinking of parking down by the river and walking up to the old town (although the last time I did that it nearly killed me.... ). I also well remember the last time I did the parade with the Tourists and we managed to park inside the parade route, meaning that we couldn't get out again for hours and arrived about 3 hours late for dinner..... Dinner probably isn't so much of an issue this year, but it would be good to find somewhere sensible to park that we can easily get out of when we've seen enough to get back for early shuteye in preparation for the sleepless weekend.....
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Old 27 May 2019, 14:47 (Ref:3906340)   #2
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Old 27 May 2019, 15:13 (Ref:3906344)   #3
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I guess that's possible Simon, but we'll probably be heading to the parade from the circuit. The idea is to get into the circuit fairly early, do the pitwalk and probably wander around the Village for a while (if we don't manage to do it when it's quiet on Tuesday) and then go into town for a late lunch, which will hopefully enable us to find some parking before the hordes arrive.
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Old 27 May 2019, 16:47 (Ref:3906360)   #4
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I guess that's possible Simon, but we'll probably be heading to the parade from the circuit. The idea is to get into the circuit fairly early, do the pitwalk and probably wander around the Village for a while (if we don't manage to do it when it's quiet on Tuesday) and then go into town for a late lunch, which will hopefully enable us to find some parking before the hordes arrive.
So parking early in the city, Tram out to the circuit and back in to the town?
Getting in early would likely increase the chances of finding a good spot.
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Old 27 May 2019, 16:48 (Ref:3906361)   #5
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Yep, that's a possibility too Matthias....
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Old 27 May 2019, 20:47 (Ref:3906388)   #6
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Going into town by car is a disaster, at least when I used to do so. Be sensible, get the tram from the circuit, Antares, not somewhere halfway, because they will be full and you will not able to get in. When goiing back, walk up from the place.......... (where scruteneering is) in the opposite direction to get the tram back to Antares. Getting on at place........ is hard, because it is busy.
Be early to get a good spot or settle for the ambiance and a glimpse of the parade.
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Old 27 May 2019, 20:53 (Ref:3906389)   #7
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I was thinking of going in very early actually, 2.30-3 pm, and grabbing a late lunch.
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That should work.
I’ve only ever done the parade when staying in town, so haven’t had to worry about parking. However we’ve normally been out on the Friday and return mid afternoon. Easy to get back in to town.

Maybe park down by the station? I’ve seen cars parked down there. It’s not too far a walk and there are bars on the way...
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Old 28 May 2019, 09:54 (Ref:3906476)   #9
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Easiest would be to get the tram the whole way, otherwise perhaps park in a suburb near a tram stop and then you don't need to worry about city centre road closures.
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Old 28 May 2019, 19:16 (Ref:3906583)   #10
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Thanks people. Tramming it for some part of the way has quite an attraction - particularly as I've still never been on one of the trams. I guess it must be done!
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Still good to go early with the trams, they can get very busy.
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Trams ride every 10 minutes, raceweekend every 5 minutes. Much more convenient than a car.
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Thanks people. Tramming it for some part of the way has quite an attraction - particularly as I've still never been on one of the trams. I guess it must be done!

What I did one year with my drivers was head North and get the tram into the centre from the opposite direction to the circuit...........not nearly so crowded in either direction and use the ring road to get back to the track.
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I can see why Le Mans is so popular with events like this that have been going on for a while. Itís one of the few motorsports where the drivers and fans interact. And of course the whole of the area is devoted to that one weekend in June
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We usually take the tram but this year we will be bringing bikes and will go to the towncentre by bike
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