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Old 28 Jun 2019, 06:50 (Ref:3914554)   #1966
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We got access to outside of Porsche Curves (in) and the Maison Blanche Terrace. Likewise there were people spectating from the roof of the karting pits.
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Old 28 Jun 2019, 08:34 (Ref:3914575)   #1967
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porsche curves and karting were great spots for photo's, been there this year.
also the run to Indianapolis is a great spot.
Mulsanne corner also you can just see above the fences there.
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Old 30 Jun 2019, 10:24 (Ref:3914902)   #1968
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I reckon the cost of Dunlop Tribune is worth it just for the photos. Raccordement was not, fences too high. I think I will try Wollek next year.

Tetre Rouge needs either a step or a body much longer than my meagre 5 9. There is a nice long shot of the cars entering Mulsanne.

There are loads of good shots past the Dunlop Bridge but 300mm was barely enough for some. There are also some good shots through the fence.

The roofs of the bars between Dunlop and Tetre Rouge offered a great view. They were packed on Sat but largely empty early Sun morning.

Arnage needed that step again. Mulsanne corner is great. Indianapolis is great.

Just my first trip so Im sure I missed loads!
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Old 30 Jun 2019, 10:39 (Ref:3914904)   #1969
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I reckon the cost of Dunlop Tribune is worth it just for the photos. Raccordement was not, fences too high. I think I will try Wollek next year.
We had Benoist where the view from pit exit to the Dunlop Bridge was excellent.

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Tetre Rouge needs either a step or a body much longer than my meagre 5 9. There is a nice long shot of the cars entering Mulsanne.
We were up there on Wednesday evening and the view down to Mulsanne was fantastic. But there are spots along the inside where you can catch the cars over the fence. My first time shooting at night for many years so it was all a bit hit and miss. That said there are also good views of the Dunlop Chicane and the run down from the bridge. Again the fence is not too noticeable.

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There are loads of good shots past the Dunlop Bridge but 300mm was barely enough for some. There are also some good shots through the fence.
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The roofs of the bars between Dunlop and Tetre Rouge offered a great view. They were packed on Sat but largely empty early Sun morning.
I saw some of those but didn't try them. Would have liked to get onto that one just by the tunnel to Bugatti.

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Arnage needed that step again. Mulsanne corner is great. Indianapolis is great.

Just my first trip so Im sure I missed loads!
We didn't venture out that way. We did get access to the outside of Porsche curves, then Maison Blanche, we went to both on the Sunday.

Our first year too so a massive learning experience. Will probably buy seats in a couple of grandstands next time and of course renew the ACO membership to take advantage of the bars and cafes.

I mostly used my 100/400 lens.
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Old 1 Jul 2019, 10:08 (Ref:3915298)   #1970
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Now? It's been the case for quite a few years.

But you still have:-

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The inside of the small area at the bottom of the Esses
Tertre Rouge (as you know.... )
The bank at Indianapolis
Ford Chicane (particularly if you have a good lens wide open)
Yeah. My first trip was 2008 and most of the photo spots I went to that year are inaccessible now!

The bank at Indianapolis was a pleasant surprise: I haven't been to Arnage/Indianapolis for eight or nine years and I was amazed as to how much improvement has been made there.

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We got access to outside of Porsche Curves (in) and the Maison Blanche Terrace. Likewise there were people spectating from the roof of the karting pits.
Oh really? The last time I tried to get into the Porsche Curves (2016) I was told access was only for those camped at that site. Is that no longer the case, is it open to all again?

The first few years I did camping at Le Mans was on Maison Blanche and there were some cracking spots there as the high fence had loads of gaps in it. Ditto on the karting side as well. Last time I tried to get to those two areas (2015 I think), it was all closed off for hospitality. Can the public get there again now?
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Oh really? The last time I tried to get into the Porsche Curves (2016) I was told access was only for those camped at that site. Is that no longer the case, is it open to all again?
We were staying with Traveldestinations and got access to the campsite as well as our Flexotel location. It does raise the point as to whether you need a grandstand seat if this area is available and of course if you are camping there you can take your own seats.

If you join the ACO you get access to the Terrace at Maison Blanche.
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The roof terrace on the karting pits is open to anyone and you can get to the inside of the first right hander at the start of the Porsche curves, if I am not mistaken. Still never made it down there...
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Yes the karting roof is free. We'd just done enough walking so gave it a miss.
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We were staying with Traveldestinations and got access to the campsite as well as our Flexotel location. It does raise the point as to whether you need a grandstand seat if this area is available and of course if you are camping there you can take your own seats.
Ah, that's it! I knew it was one of the travel companies that had exclusive access there, I just couldn't remember which one!

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If you join the ACO you get access to the Terrace at Maison Blanche.
I actually ended up wandering into an ACO area by accident on Saturday morning (by the Dunlop bridge) and I watched the start from there. I have probably just been slow to notice, but I seemed to see a lot more exclusive ACO areas this year, so I'll definitely look at membership for next year.

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Yes the karting roof is free. We'd just done enough walking so gave it a miss.
That's good to know, having been disappointed by the lack of access in the past I shall fit a stroll down there in at some point next time!
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That ACO roof terrace did look good. You'd get a shot of the cars coming towards you through Corvette corner. The karting pits are a good place to watch the action but from a photography standpoint, due to the catch fence, you can only really get the cars going away from you and towards the kink. In a giant tarmac expanse. So it depends how you define a 'good' photo.

Can't be long until those karting pits get torn down by the way.

Those bar structures are well worth buying a beer and going in.

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Yes, this was one from the Maison Blanche Roof. Also I like the idea of those bar roofs.
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Almost one month later but I am now back home and so happy with the Le Mans experience. Those were some fantastic five days! I tried to make the most of it. Got to see the cars from every different available spot through the week. Managed to stay awake the 24 hours of the race (seeing cars in Mulsanne and Indianapolis during the night so cool!) and got to meet Pechito before FP1, during the parade and, sadly, after the race (that last hour was heartbreaking, only bad thing that happened during the week).
Got some very amateur pics and videos that are not worth sharing comparing to what I am seeing from you guys. I appreciate every advice that you gave me before going there. It was the best!
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Yes, I missed that. It would have been great. It shocked me how everyone is so well prepared for this race, starting with personal cars being "dressed" for the occasion.
I am pretty sure that is not going to happen but I am so willing to come back in 2020 and hopefully see Toyota #7 and Lpez having revenge.
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