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I am back from a trip from Le Mans. This was my 4th visit and I have tried to break it down into sections.

LM is more than just a race to spectate. There is always something going on somewhere, its more like a race tacked onto a long weekend.

Going

We went in my friends Jaaaaaaaaag. 2l Diesel and incredibly comfy and economical.

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We were accompanied by a mate in a Porsche ( hi Chris ) and The Lanky Fleabag ( not pictured

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We saw the big smoke as we skirted it and went over the QE2 bridge.

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Upon landing at the carpark of the hotel the night before the crossing stumbled across these

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We went on a boat, and saw some cars on the way down. TBH I didnt get many pics of the cars on the way down as they were normally doing interstellar speeds past us

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I got fizzy knackers when I saw this sign

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After a BBQ ( pictured ) and a few beers a "sleep" or lack of occurred on the camp bed. I ranged from frozen to melting in the sleeping bag.

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Next day the delights of the LM showers were photographed for you to behold. In reality they are not bad for a plastic shed in a field.

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Water temps ranged from Wim Hoff to Lobster pot. The howls could be heard for miles.

After being burnt or frostbitten we headed over to a particular favourite of mine - the classic British welcome. Not quite sure how this event got its name with it being in France and all but alas - cars. Put me down for the event ..

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We get to go on a pit walk and this year the entire track was open but I didnt take up the opportunity.

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End of Part 1
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Part 2 - some berk takes a selfie

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Racing prep starts with the Tricolour display team and a French flag dropping from a Puma. As a side geek I love a bit of aviation

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Race started at 1600 as normal.
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I really enjoy the night race spectacle. The cars seem so more more alive visually and aurally.
I am not good at night pics though!

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All the time the racing is on there is something interesting to look at. From the non exotic sports car to the ultra exotics and the painfully cool ...
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End of Part 2
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Eventually part 3 comes along ; Going home.

We got up at 0530 CET ( 0430 BST ) and I nearly cried. Mostly due to the fact I couldnt get a shower but some of it due to the 19hours sleep I had since the Wednesday

The site looked rather pretty in the morning sun

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Soon on a Ferry with poisson et frites ( DFDS ferry BTW ) and au revoir pour maintenant France.
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1000mi done over 4 days. One more epic adventure
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Awesome stuff. Say this every year, but still no idea how I've avoided doing this for so long.
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Brilliant! Great pics, got a great feel for the atmosphere.
Very jealous. Only been to the Classic and that was 2008
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Fonzey wrote: Tue Jun 14, 2022 7:39 pm Awesome stuff. Say this every year, but still no idea how I've avoided doing this for so long.
Ill be going again next year ...
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thommo wrote: Thu Jun 16, 2022 10:24 pm Brilliant! Great pics, got a great feel for the atmosphere.
Very jealous. Only been to the Classic and that was 2008
Its a great experience with the bonus of a 24H race.
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Been 3 times, twice for stag doos! Such a great place and event! I gather it’s the 100th anniversary next year!
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I want to go next year!

Thanks for the pics
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awesome - just back from a 3000 mile road trip in the Exige around Europe... left on thurs 9th, so was in the eagle of Le Mans folk at the tunnel - lots of exotic metal about
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