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Old 7 Jun 2006, 23:10 (Ref:1629565)   #16
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Need to join convoy to Le Mans

As you say, if I don't have a previous arrangement to join a convoy, it should be relatively simple to follow others, it's just more social to have at least made contact prior to arrival at the port. There is also the added peace of mind which results from being able to exchange mobile numbers in the group with a common understanding that at least there will be backup if anything untoward were to happen on the way down.

Either way I will be going and anyone else in a similar situation is welcome to get in touch.

I live in Walton on Thames and will be travelling to Dover on Wednesday 14th to catch the Seafrance 8:15am crossing.
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Old 8 Jun 2006, 05:28 (Ref:1629681)   #17
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Old 8 Jun 2006, 07:57 (Ref:1629718)   #18
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Glad you're now sorted (that was easy!)..........

Can't help with a convoy, but if you haven't done the route before, beware Rouen. I believe we got lost every single time we took the Calais-Le Mans route!
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Old 8 Jun 2006, 08:31 (Ref:1629735)   #19
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...beware Rouen. I believe we got lost every single time we took the Calais-Le Mans route!
Going south is relatively easy through Rouen, just follow the signs to "Le Mans" (the one tricky one is at the end that translates as "for Le Mans follow signs to Caen") it's coming back that is the tricky bit as you have to ignore the "Rouen" signs and look out for "Boulogne" which takes you on the bypass rather than into the city.
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Old 8 Jun 2006, 08:47 (Ref:1629742)   #20
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Navigate to Le Mans

I fortunately have satnav in my Beemer so getting lost won't be a problem provided I enter the correct destination details. Have also been offered to join a convoy of TVR's which arrive in Boulogne on Speedferries at about 2:00pm. I am trying to decide whether to just get going as early as possible (as my ferry is at 8:15am) or whether to stock up on some supplies in Calais and then make my way over to Boulogne and wait for the TVR boys to turn up. As I will camping on Houx (with numbered pitches) am I right in assuming that I won't arrive on Wednesday evening to find my site taken?
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Old 8 Jun 2006, 08:50 (Ref:1629743)   #21
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We are on the same ferry, so see you on Wednesday morning then.

We will be in a Silver Rover 75 Tourer,an S class Mercs(Silver) and a Blue Jaguar XJ, really slumming it this year, but with all the gear we seem to need now I think we will rent an articulated lorry for next year.

We will be driving down our usual route via Rouen, with a stop at Bernie for lunch and supples at the Supermarket.

You are most welcome to join us, and we will make sure that you get to Houx.

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Old 8 Jun 2006, 09:35 (Ref:1629771)   #22
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As I will camping on Houx (with numbered pitches) am I right in assuming that I won't arrive on Wednesday evening to find my site taken?
Correct.

I'm sure you don't need to be told, it's an obvious precaution, but do make sure anything of value is locked safely in the car when you're watching the race. Sunday afternoon immediately after the race is a particularly popular time for certain elements to assume that anything left unattended on your pitch is no longer needed..........

Make yourself known to those camping near you, they will keep an eye on your pitch when you're away.

I don't mean to be alarmist. The vast majority of the crowd are honest upstanding people who are just there to have a good time , but there are a few exceptions who have a different agenda.
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Old 8 Jun 2006, 10:41 (Ref:1629818)   #23
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Convoy to Le Mans

Thanks for the offer GT6.

I will look out for your group in the boarding lanes or check-in. I am aiming to be there for 7:00am so look out for a silver grey '04 BMW M3. Mind you if you get there before me, you will probably hear me first as I have a GruppeM exhaust system which sounds pretty fruity!

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Old 8 Jun 2006, 10:47 (Ref:1629821)   #24
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Thanks to Bentley03 for the advice re security.

I am not someone who leaves things laying about or open and will heed your advice for when I am away from my site. Fortunately my site is with the West Yorkshire TVR boys and hopefully they will also keep an eye on my stuff whilst I'm away watching the racing. Any tips on the absolute essential camping bits to make the stay more enjoyable?
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Old 8 Jun 2006, 10:51 (Ref:1629823)   #25
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Your Are keen, I won't leave home until 7.00 aiming to get there for 7.30 to 7.45
There is a small coffee shop/canteen were you wait but it is nothing special.

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Any tips on the absolute essential camping bits to make the stay more enjoyable?
Bring your own toilet roll is the most important tip.

Otherwise my own top tip would be to bring one of those fold-up camping chairs to sit on, makes life much more civilised.

If you've got room, a gezebo makes good shade from the sun and/or rain.

Those plastic garden/patio tables take up practically zero room in the boot of the car, which allows you to pile all your junk off the ground.

Freeze up some ice at home and put it in a coolbox, at least you'll have cold beers for a couple of days. Also in the past I've frozen orange juice cartons which act as freezerpacks for a day or two and then you can just drink the contents.
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Old 8 Jun 2006, 11:59 (Ref:1629875)   #27
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Bring your own toilet roll is the most important tip.

Otherwise my own top tip would be to bring one of those fold-up camping chairs to sit on, makes life much more civilised.

If you've got room, a gezebo makes good shade from the sun and/or rain.

Those plastic garden/patio tables take up practically zero room in the boot of the car, which allows you to pile all your junk off the ground.

Freeze up some ice at home and put it in a coolbox, at least you'll have cold beers for a couple of days. Also in the past I've frozen orange juice cartons which act as freezerpacks for a day or two and then you can just drink the contents.
The list of essentials from Truckosaurus is why the days of travelling down in an early spitfire/GT6 have been replaced by the practicality of larger cars.

I would also add a small cooking stove, Robert Dyas were doing them for £9.99 with the gas aerosoles (they do not come with any cartridges) for £1 each at wilkinsons, they are a great improvement on the old Camping gaz burners which were always unsteady and needed matches to light, the new stoves you just turn them on and press a button. A cup of tea in the morning is the best thing to smooth that slight fuzzyness from the night before.
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Just found the Club Arnage guide to Le Mans on the forum. Excellent work and most of the info that I needed. Now I have even more info to bore the missus with! (good job she's staying at home)
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