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View Poll Results: Which Grandstand Did You Use This Year?
T1 - Tertre Rouge 0 0%
T3 - Chapelle 0 0%
T4 - Panorama 0 0%
T5 - Dunlop 1 5.88%
T11 - Wimille 0 0%
T12 - Benoist 1 5.88%
T13 - Singher 0 0%
T14 - Bernato 0 0%
T15 - Chinetti 0 0%
T16 - Sommer 1 5.88%
T17 - Durand 7 41.18%
T18 - ACO 2 11.76%
T19 - Lagache 0 0%
T20 - Leonard 2 11.76%
T21 - Tavano 1 5.88%
T22 - Wollek 0 0%
T23 - Raccordement 1 5.88%
T34 - Pits Grandstand 2 11.76%
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Old 26 Jun 2018, 18:58 (Ref:3833218)   #16
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Question for any T34 veterans – is there a bar there or any toilet facilities? I didn't need to use them really, but I did wonder...
There are toilets - if you go out at the top and then go down one floor straight away (i.e. you don't walk out across the walkway), you'll find the toilets. As to a bar - not that I'm aware of, as everything below is ACO or media dominated with no access to the great unwashed. Bernard and Dominique will know more, they're T34 regulars.

I sat in T34 every year between about 2004 or 2005 and 2010. But James is right, it's a stand for the photographers as it is one of the few remaining places around the circuit where you can photograph the cars without debris fencing in the way. It can get very hot - I've had a front row seat before now and have stuck it out in it for several hours in baking sun. You can't see directly into the pits, however with the advent of GoPros, selfie sticks and the like, it's much easier to get shots of the cars in the pits than it used to be. Now that I'm not quite as fanatical about photographing the cars (badly) as I used to be, I probably wouldn't choose T34, but I did enjoy watching Q2 from there this year.

Am I right though in recalling that T34 is going to be changed/bulldozed - or something over the next couple of years?

Raccordement is definitely an interesting alternative, but it does have the drawback of limited space per occupant and uncomfortable seats. Again, if you're a photographer, you need to get a seat nearer the top of the stand as the lower 2/3rds of the seats won't enable you to get above the fencing. But it does afford great views, particularly up the straight. It is good to spend an hour or two in there in the wee small hours - as I did way back in 1992 when it will be half or more empty. (T34 has that advantage too - I've been in there at 3 or 4 am in the race with only 2-3 other people for company in the whole stand).

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Old 27 Jun 2018, 12:15 (Ref:3833314)   #17
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I thought t34 was the one being knocked down this year in the redevelopment plan
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Old 27 Jun 2018, 21:21 (Ref:3833371)   #18
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Grandstand 18.
Same reasons than CTD and we are just in front of the major GT teams pits!!
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Old 29 Jun 2018, 07:23 (Ref:3833539)   #20
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Have sat in T20 for all 4 years now, chose it the first year as it was the nearest grandstand to the finish line and like to get a photo of the winners crossing it.

One day, I'll move to a different grandstand but I'm happy with where I am
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Long term habitué of T17 but have split our party with T34 for a different perspective in the last couple of years. Rather like the look of T23 next year for a change but T17 has a lot going for it when / if it rains ...
Spending more time out and about taking photos these days, so for start / finish of race only it starts to look pricey.
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Long term habitué of T17 but have split our party with T34 for a different perspective in the last couple of years. Rather like the look of T23 next year for a change but T17 has a lot going for it when / if it rains ...
Spending more time out and about taking photos these days, so for start / finish of race only it starts to look pricey.
I do wince every once in a while when I look at what grandstands cost, but it makes the start and finish a lot easier, and means I spend the much busier times around the circuit with a guaranteed seat and makes the wandering time after midnight and around dawn (where I'll gravitate towards the inside of Tertre Rouge) much more pleasurable as you're not quite having to club your way through vast crowds.
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I must admit, I've always considered the grandstand seat well worth the money, particularly at the start of the race, some years for an hour or two as night draws on and at the end of the race. I wouldn't be without it now.
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We've had a few over the years...

Benoit (no longer exists) - had wooden seats!

T17, T18 mostly. As others have said T17 for the lack of pillars and the great facilities, slightly cheaper amenities and if the weather gets bad (which of course it never does!!!) you can hunker down inside if you really feel the need and watch on the screens. There are showers, although we haven't used those ones for a few years now - the ones on most campsites seem to be kept clean, I'm sure ours were cleaned 3 or 4 times a day this year!

We've been in Dunlop - although that was 2007 when the rain gods were truly busy and the first year the Danes came en masse. In addition we were 3 fields 'in' on Beausejour and it was a mudbath. Never again!!

We've had seats in the pits grandstand - you get great overhead views of pitstops from there.

I must admit I like the Test Day and practice sessions where you can sit in various grandstands and try them out. I've been in the Mobil grandstand and the one that is/was open air at the Ford Chicane.
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I went in a fair number of them during practice, but had Dunlop for the race. Personally T34 was by far my favourite.
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