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DIX MILLES TOURS DU CASTELLET
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31 Aug 2018 to 2 Sep 2018 07:30 to 19:30
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Location: Circuit Paul Ricard

Peter Auto visit to the poshed up (for 2018 French GP) circuit.

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Old 7 Aug 2018, 05:28 (Ref:3841991)   #2
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Although not on the website yet, 75 entries for 60s Endurance, 37 for HTC (including many CSLs and 635s) and 21 GpC. I won’t mention F2....

Apparently the normal route from Autoroute to the circuit now has a weight restriction, so trucks have to take a longer route. Fall out from the F1 circus visit....

A month earlier than usual, so expect it to be hot. At least we should be used to it by now.
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Old 7 Aug 2018, 06:46 (Ref:3842000)   #3
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....I did think PA would have given up with F2....9 cars round the circuit is not going to be much fun for drivers or spectators!
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Final two....
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As a result of (or maybe because it was happening) the French GP was held at Circuit du Castellet earlier this year, the normal route from the Autoroute, which passes through 2 villages, now has a weight restriction that excludes all artics, and a lot of rigids! Great little earner for the local gendarmes, pulling trucks today and issuing €90 fines..... (Not me )

The designated truck truck route now involves having to drive many Km further on the Autoroute, before turning off and ultimately approaching the circuit from the East rather than West. It passes through another village which is a heck of a lot more difficult to thread a truck through than before! Maybe the locals had less influence when the decision was made......

No wonder the spectator traffic for the GP descended into complete chaos......
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Mais c'est la France, mon cher Michael! En prime et free of charge, vous allez avoir le beau temps et le chant des cigales…
By the way, you can tell me the registration number of your white Volvo, I still have some relatives living in the Gendarmerie! You went through once with no issue, lets see about your legendary luck! We need your money, foreigner!

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Mais c'est la France, mon cher Michael! En prime et free of charge, vous allez avoir le beau temps et le chant des cigales…
By the way, you can tell me the registration number of your white Volvo, I still have some relatives living in the Gendarmerie! You went through once with no issue, lets see about your legendary luck! We need your money, foreigner!

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The reason I didn’t get stopped is because I was warned and went the ‘new’ route! Some were lucky as there were only two gendarmes in one car, and they couldn’t stop everyone....

Apparently the weight restriction is during the hours of 0700 to 1900 (2100 Sundays), so it is possible to avoid if you’re able to get up early or arrive late!

One stroke of luck is that car park G, where we get shoved until 0900 this morning, has been equipped with a tap and one power supply box hidden on the back fence, so 3 of us have been able to get our fridges fired up to cool some beer- and I was able to wash the truck..... All we need now is toilets and the place will be almost civilised!
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Running water and electricity...oh you are being spoilt!!!
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Cool you both arrived safe. Mike, I already told you France is underdeveloped in many respects! Only solution to live happy is to join, find one who has the toilets and the shower and suggest you can buy a beer. Caution: dont play mix and match, sinon… c'est la merde !
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Will, my bet is that if you suggest this sentence several times to an automatic translator you'll have something like: I've to rush to flush… Then again, c'est la merde!

And for your eyes only, because you have a "close" relationship with the scrutineering team - gearbox, displacement, roundels, air ducts, …- if they bother you again you can always try to ask why a certain E Type could go its way with a full ally body, ally calipers, and a displacement of 4 litre on the first five cylinders (meaning 4.7 total!). Or try to find a JDC sticker!
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Washing that truck again !!!!. I topped 300.000 just short of Zandvoort this morning in Delta truck .Just biked up to Harlem and having Pizza and beer . Happy days
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Washing that truck again !!!!
May be you should stop send messages to Mike via homing pigeons! This kind of air mail is safe but slightly outdated and errr… c'est la merde!

We know you are a fantastic globe trotter but I guess you've been riding to Haarlem… Harlem looks one bridge further!
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Bit of a problem in free practice this morning- the clutch started to slip. Driver comes in to report, and casually mentions also that his phone has dropped somewhere, as it wasn’t properly secreted away in a race suit pocket.

Sure enough, on looking the clutch issue is obvious- there’s a mangled iPhone jammed in the (rod actuated) mechanism.

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