Jump to content


Welcome to Autoshite

Welcome to Autoshite, like most online communities you must register to view or post in our community, but don't worry this is a simple free process that requires minimal information for you to signup. Be apart of Autoshite by signing in or creating an account.
  • Start new topics and reply to others
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Get your own profile and make new friends
  • Customize your experience here
Guest Message by DevFuse
 

Photo

Le Mans - A place where you can see heroes weep


  • Please log in to reply
277 replies to this topic

#181 OFFLINE   richardthestag

richardthestag

    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 2,873 posts
  • 16 thanks
  • LocationBuckinghamshite and Devonshite
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 21 June 2017 - 10:24 AM

we take down cycles, equipped with lock and lights makes getting around easy, cycle through to the back of the pitlane, lock the bikes up walk round to Tetre Rouge, wobble back etc and repeat. Easy to cycle from BJ round to arnage corner also or into the arnage village for girly bar etc etc

 

re brit donkeys on Stupid Sunday in Beausejour one lad (though I think he may have been danish) managed to roll his ford ranger pickup near us trying to do donuts. twat! Very very easy to avoid trouble at le mans. Anyone see the cars, and caravan that burned up because owner parked red hot cats on dry grass. big old fire! nosey buggers in our group went to "av a look". Me? couldnt be arsed.

 

M5 Bimmer nearly met the same fate after picking up dry cut grass during donut shenanigans. soon calmed down when Les Pompiers et beaucoup des securite rocked up.  


  • Eavb likes this

Shitroen C4 GP 2007 1.6HDi - Wife's daily written off, farewell trusty but slightly unpredictable steed

Pug 307 - son's daily runner Sold to Arthur Foxhake

Range Rover Vogue 1993 - my daily runner

Daewoo Matiz 2002 - Sold

Jaguar x308 Sovereign 4 litre - nicked by Fathathestag might be up 4sayle soon

Triumph Staaag 1973 - cheaper than a mistress.. just

Range Rover 1972 - ongoing extensive restoration

Range Rover 1972 - complete shed but in line for restoration

Land Rover 1969 SIIa SWB - belongs to Fathathestag but maintained and welded by me

BMW E46 318i touring - sold to hhhugues

 


#182 OFFLINE   Pete-M

Pete-M

    ALL VXLs ARE SHIT.

  • Full Members
  • 8,776 posts
  • 3 thanks
  • LocationThe Glorious Peoples Republic of Liverpool.

Posted 21 June 2017 - 10:32 AM

We took bikes to get to Carrefour. Used the buses to get around the track.

214837.png 180526.png

Never knowingly inoffensive.


#183 OFFLINE   Sloth in a bowl

Sloth in a bowl

    The Furry One

  • Full Members
  • 2,751 posts
  • 3 thanks
  • Locationin a bowl, obviously
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 21 June 2017 - 10:51 AM

we take down cycles, equipped with lock and lights makes getting around easy, cycle through to the back of the pitlane, lock the bikes up walk round to Tetre Rouge, wobble back etc and repeat. Easy to cycle from BJ round to arnage corner also or into the arnage village for girly bar etc etc

 

 

 

That was my experience, camping at BJ with a bike to get around. Arnage after midnight has a great atmosphere and the Corvettes are ear hurtingly loud if you are against the fence at the exit of Indianapolis. 

Lots of people cycling after dark with no lights though. Then they tailgate you so that you have no visible rear light for the cars to spot, arses, needed a bit of speed to lose them.

Given that you can get bike LEDs from poundland I give up on some people's ability at basic prep.

 

I didn't go this year as there were only 2 LMP1 works teams, I suspect that a 3rd or even 4th manufacturer would up the crowds quickly.


  • richardthestag likes this

Future Shite - 2014 Skoda Octavia VRS

Past Shite - 1974 Datsun 260Z

Current Shite - 2003 Megane Coupe

To be fixed Shite - 1981 Suzuki SC100

 

Previously owned shite

84 Fiat Uno - Rusty

94 Renault Laguna Mk1 - Breaky

02 Volvo V40 - Steady

99 The Scotoshite Kia/Volvo Pride - Funny

00 Ford Puma - Giggly

 


#184 ONLINE   Junkman

Junkman

    Totally and properly Renault R16!

  • Full Members
  • 42,542 posts
  • 51 thanks
  • LocationStockport, England
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 21 June 2017 - 12:40 PM

Didn't they nick Dr Ullrich's pushbike there once?


1967 Renault 16 GL............................................now with floor and MoT

1979 Mobylette AV89............................................................running
1997 Peugeot 405 2.0 Executive Estate.................now with aircon and brakes


#185 OFFLINE   panhard65

panhard65

    Full Members

  • Full Members
  • 3,147 posts
  • 16 thanks
  • Locationsomerset
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 21 June 2017 - 07:35 PM

The site we were on is mostly French and very quiet no knobs on there. It is right next to the Thomas Cook site where there are plenty of twats with too much money driving Lambo's and Aston's like idiots up the entrance road. The worst offenders were Brits in a Boxster with a lack of talent and some dick in an M3, they both had near misses. Ticket prices are still reasonable so it isn't as if the average punter is priced out of it. They still had a grid of 60 cars but the lack of LMP1's may of put people off


  • richardthestag likes this

'69 Seat 1500 hearse

'77 Renault 7

'99 Peugeot 806 (with slightly less dents)

'08 Peugeot 207 van (with many dents)

 


#186 OFFLINE   panhard65

panhard65

    Full Members

  • Full Members
  • 3,147 posts
  • 16 thanks
  • Locationsomerset
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 08 June 2018 - 09:39 AM

It's that time of year again. I am off on Saturday night with the caravan heading for my new favourite campsite chateaux de houx. We will be there from Sunday afternoon up until the Monday morning after the race. I think it will be even quieter this year with only really Toyota likely to take the win as Porsche have pulled out. There are rumours that from 2020 it might go back to a proper sportscar race getting rid of the prototypes. If any one needs any assistance whilst there or access to the ACO then pm me for my number.


'69 Seat 1500 hearse

'77 Renault 7

'99 Peugeot 806 (with slightly less dents)

'08 Peugeot 207 van (with many dents)

 


#187 OFFLINE   Saabnut

Saabnut

    Rank: Austin Maxi

  • Full Members
  • 353 posts
  • 20 thanks
  • LocationAberdeenshire
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 08 June 2018 - 09:46 AM

I am leaving Chez Saabnut post Shitefest on Tuesday morning in the Cobra heading for Crawley. Thursday my brother in his Cerbera and I are convoying down to Le Mans, staying at Le Bounty until the Monday  whence we return.

 

The Classic is the main event this year for us.



#188 ONLINE   Junkman

Junkman

    Totally and properly Renault R16!

  • Full Members
  • 42,542 posts
  • 51 thanks
  • LocationStockport, England
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 08 June 2018 - 10:19 AM

I think it will be even quieter this year with only really Toyota likely to take the win as Porsche have pulled out.

 

We will know who won on Sunday evening. Until then it's just a thriller.

 

Livestreams etc will be posted as they become available.


  • Nyphur likes this

1967 Renault 16 GL............................................now with floor and MoT

1979 Mobylette AV89............................................................running
1997 Peugeot 405 2.0 Executive Estate.................now with aircon and brakes


#189 ONLINE   Junkman

Junkman

    Totally and properly Renault R16!

  • Full Members
  • 42,542 posts
  • 51 thanks
  • LocationStockport, England
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 11 June 2018 - 08:27 PM

If the Ps get banned from their best hunting ground, they'll die out like stray dinosaurs. That would be a crying shame.

But the GTs are meanwhile equally fast in the bends, they are only slower on the straights.


1967 Renault 16 GL............................................now with floor and MoT

1979 Mobylette AV89............................................................running
1997 Peugeot 405 2.0 Executive Estate.................now with aircon and brakes


#190 OFFLINE   spike60

spike60

    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 2,984 posts
  • 13 thanks
  • LocationOop North
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 10:57 AM

I'm off there tomorrow, picking a friend up on route to Hull for the overnight to Zeebrugge then just over 500km to a  lady friend who lives near the Porsche Curves. I've not been for the last couple of years, be interesting to see how it compares to the Nurburgring 24h I was at a month ago.

I think my son was on the money when he said there have been a lot of changes at LM in the short time he's been going (1998) but none have improved it for him. Perhaps the ACO will think about the spectators a little more now the manufacturers are leaving.



#191 ONLINE   Junkman

Junkman

    Totally and properly Renault R16!

  • Full Members
  • 42,542 posts
  • 51 thanks
  • LocationStockport, England
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:39 PM

be interesting to see how it compares to the Nurburgring 24h I was at a month ago.

 

There will be proper race cars raced for one thing.


1967 Renault 16 GL............................................now with floor and MoT

1979 Mobylette AV89............................................................running
1997 Peugeot 405 2.0 Executive Estate.................now with aircon and brakes


#192 OFFLINE   spike60

spike60

    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 2,984 posts
  • 13 thanks
  • LocationOop North
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 02:38 PM

There will be proper race cars raced for one thing.

The only trouble is that as a paying spectator you can't see them for all the corporate hospitality units and the 200 metre wide run off areas.


  • Junkman likes this

#193 ONLINE   Junkman

Junkman

    Totally and properly Renault R16!

  • Full Members
  • 42,542 posts
  • 51 thanks
  • LocationStockport, England
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 03:16 PM

That's why I stay at home and watch it via the cameras placed near the corporate hospitality units and the track.

 

Anyway, the preliminary entry list has been published: https://assets.leman...u-mans-2018.pdf

 

Please note that the sports car makes participating outnumber the LMP1 manufacturers merely by 1!

Had Porsche and Audi not pulled out, there would be MOAR different LMP1 cars than sports cars.


1967 Renault 16 GL............................................now with floor and MoT

1979 Mobylette AV89............................................................running
1997 Peugeot 405 2.0 Executive Estate.................now with aircon and brakes


#194 OFFLINE   richardthestag

richardthestag

    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 2,873 posts
  • 16 thanks
  • LocationBuckinghamshite and Devonshite
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 04:07 PM

The only trouble is that as a paying spectator you can't see them for all the corporate hospitality units and the 200 metre wide run off areas.

 

Ah, you need to stray past the confines of the pit and village area mon brave.

 

Or cross the track to the grandstand area opposite the pits. maybe that is 5 metres from the trackside

 

shit loads of viewing areas, 

 

arnage, mulsanne and tetre rouge are the furthest I have been. porsche curves can be accessed from beausejour campsite. you have to be pretty beeereed up not to find some pretty good quality trackside viewage.

 

Will be off tomorrowz evening


Shitroen C4 GP 2007 1.6HDi - Wife's daily written off, farewell trusty but slightly unpredictable steed

Pug 307 - son's daily runner Sold to Arthur Foxhake

Range Rover Vogue 1993 - my daily runner

Daewoo Matiz 2002 - Sold

Jaguar x308 Sovereign 4 litre - nicked by Fathathestag might be up 4sayle soon

Triumph Staaag 1973 - cheaper than a mistress.. just

Range Rover 1972 - ongoing extensive restoration

Range Rover 1972 - complete shed but in line for restoration

Land Rover 1969 SIIa SWB - belongs to Fathathestag but maintained and welded by me

BMW E46 318i touring - sold to hhhugues

 


#195 OFFLINE   spike60

spike60

    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 2,984 posts
  • 13 thanks
  • LocationOop North
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 04:22 PM

The comparison was with N24, though LM has gone hugely downhill from a spectators point of view compared to when I first went there in the 1980's. Last time I was there (2015?) the 1st right hander of the Porsche curves had no access to the outside, only the inside which is piss poor by comparison. My favourite viewing point was rooftop of the Alain Prost Karting on the outside of the last of the Porsche Curves but I fear this years 'improvements' will have taken that away too.



#196 OFFLINE   spike60

spike60

    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 2,984 posts
  • 13 thanks
  • LocationOop North
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 04:24 PM

That's why I stay at home and watch it via the cameras placed near the corporate hospitality units and the track.

 

Don't forget to turn the heating on full and empty the bin on floor for maximum effect!  :-D


  • richardthestag, Junkman and Dave_Q like this

#197 OFFLINE   richardthestag

richardthestag

    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 2,873 posts
  • 16 thanks
  • LocationBuckinghamshite and Devonshite
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 06:22 PM

Don't forget to turn the heating on full and empty the bin on floor for maximum effect!  :-D

 

and when you want a shit and it is not 2:30 in the morning, stand outside the shithouse door with a soggy bog roll under you arm, looking at your watch for 45 minutes. then pretend that a cubicle has suddenly become free - anticipate a burly Danish bloke in a vest and loud patterned shorts exiting and shaking his head slowly at you.

 

If you are brave you go in, Hold your breath until you have dumped, if you dont pass out then fabulous. time for a victory beer.

 

sadly madame pipi no longer exists outside the camp shitakabins. while she scowled at you if you tipped less than a euro at least the place was clean. gladly pay 1 euro for my daily turkout at Lemons.


  • dome likes this

Shitroen C4 GP 2007 1.6HDi - Wife's daily written off, farewell trusty but slightly unpredictable steed

Pug 307 - son's daily runner Sold to Arthur Foxhake

Range Rover Vogue 1993 - my daily runner

Daewoo Matiz 2002 - Sold

Jaguar x308 Sovereign 4 litre - nicked by Fathathestag might be up 4sayle soon

Triumph Staaag 1973 - cheaper than a mistress.. just

Range Rover 1972 - ongoing extensive restoration

Range Rover 1972 - complete shed but in line for restoration

Land Rover 1969 SIIa SWB - belongs to Fathathestag but maintained and welded by me

BMW E46 318i touring - sold to hhhugues

 


#198 OFFLINE   spike60

spike60

    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 2,984 posts
  • 13 thanks
  • LocationOop North
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 06:44 PM

The LM toilet experience is something I'm spared these days as we stay at a private house close to the Porsche Curves but this is something I remember all too well, including the squat 'n' gos near the main entrance. 

By contrast last year at the N24 the temperature was in the 30's with 200000+ spectators and an hour after the race finished the toilet block in the dust bowl main campsite looked like this.

 

016.jpg

 

It may seem a bit pervy taking a pic of a public toilet block but folk who've been to LM or Santa Pod will understand!


  • richardthestag likes this

#199 OFFLINE   Nyphur

Nyphur

    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 3,055 posts
  • 24 thanks
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:24 PM

It may seem a bit pervy taking a pic of a public toilet block but folk who've been to LM or Santa Pod will understand!

 

Opposite the pit lane there is a grandstand, behind which there is large concrete toilet block.

Part of this toilet block includes a large "open air" toilet which is pretty much just a wall which you piss against, with rudimentary drainage. It is packed end to end from Saturday morning to Sunday Night.

 

The smell as you walk past it is something I will never forget. Each year it is the same. It seems to reach out from behind the privacy wall, grab you by the throat, lift you onto your tiptoes and shake you around.

 

Absolutely horrific.


  • richardthestag and spike60 like this

#200 OFFLINE   spike60

spike60

    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 2,984 posts
  • 13 thanks
  • LocationOop North
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:34 PM

I seem to remember there used to be a bar there and urinal was just the exterior of the back wall, no flushing water. Quite something in full June sun. The ditch which runs next to the road from the main entrance down towards the Porsche Curves gets pretty rancid too.


  • richardthestag likes this

#201 OFFLINE   Nyphur

Nyphur

    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 3,055 posts
  • 24 thanks
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:37 PM

Yep thats the place. I think they had rigged up some makeshift guttering "flusher" the last time I went there (6/7 years ago I think) but certainly before that it was just the wall....


  • richardthestag likes this

#202 OFFLINE   spike60

spike60

    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 2,984 posts
  • 13 thanks
  • LocationOop North
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:47 PM

I don't suppose the French thought twice about it, I used to stay with friends in Normandy quite often and the local bar just used the back garden as a urinal.

Where the British would be looking for a tree to hide behind it's common to see a Frenchman pissing at the side of the road waving to the traffic!


  • lesapandre likes this

#203 OFFLINE   tul66

tul66

    Rank: Austin Maxi

  • Full Members
  • 253 posts
  • 2 thanks
  • LocationNext door to placenta burying hippy twats.
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:48 PM

TBH the last time I was at the Classic the campsite at Maison Blanche was shite with no atmosphere due to reduced capacity; corporate bollocks I think . You couldn't even get onto the banking opposite the entrance when you couldn't be arsed going all the way to the grandstand, wankers!



#204 OFFLINE   lesapandre

lesapandre

    Rank: Citroen Ami

  • Full Members
  • 1,825 posts
  • 6 thanks
  • LocationParis Tokyo Deptford
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 08:37 PM

I don't suppose the French thought twice about it, I used to stay with friends in Normandy quite often and the local bar just used the back garden as a urinal.

Where the British would be looking for a tree to hide behind it's common to see a Frenchman pissing at the side of the road waving to the traffic!

Its a national pastime. 


  • spike60 and 95 quid Peugeot like this

#205 OFFLINE   panhard65

panhard65

    Full Members

  • Full Members
  • 3,147 posts
  • 16 thanks
  • Locationsomerset
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 08:42 PM

The bogs were quite shut some years ago but it has really changed in the last few years. On our campsite they are clean and well looked after. Security is certainly a lot better than it ever was. It was never easy to find a good viewing spot without paying for it which is why I have an aco membeship and get grandstand seats for the start. Like all events watching it on tv will give you a better idea of what is going on but where is the fun in that. It was an autograph session in the pits this afternoon and my Lad has his book signed by jenson button who really is a nice bloke.
  • richardthestag likes this

'69 Seat 1500 hearse

'77 Renault 7

'99 Peugeot 806 (with slightly less dents)

'08 Peugeot 207 van (with many dents)

 


#206 OFFLINE   Mrs6C

Mrs6C

    Rank: Austin Maxi

  • Full Members
  • 458 posts
  • 24 thanks
  • LocationIn the Field of Dreams...
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 09:13 PM

Six-cylinder and I went to Le Mans in 2005 and stayed in a lovely old house in the middle of town.

Le mans 2005 B&B 02.jpg

 

From here we walked in to the town centre to see the Friday parade, which IIRC was celebrating the Corvette. There were several privately owned cars that had come over from the USA to take part in it.

Le mans 2005 parade 01.jpg

 

It was very hot, around 34C for the Saturday and we took a couple of folding seat/stick things, lots of water and wide-brimmed hats to set up at the grid about 3 hours before the start of the race, to make sure we got a good view. Poor Six-cylinder doesn't like hot weather and found it quite hard going, but gamely he stayed put and was rewarded with a great view and the whole 'surround sound' experience at the off.

 

We took the car out later in the evening to drive around various viewing sites and were very pleased to discover the strength of its A/C. It was a bit of a surreal drive, but brilliant to get out to places where we could see all the action as the sun went down.

Le mans 2005 Night 07.jpg

 

On advice from a friend, the following day we positioned ourselves at the finish line for, well, the finish...

Le mans 2005 finish 01.jpg

 

We then made our way to the nearby trackside gates, in anticipation of them being opened. They were, so we crossed the track and stood in the crowd under the podium, just close enough to receive a few flicks of champagne.

Le mans 2005 podium 03.jpg

 

It was great fun and I look forward to going again sometime. I still have a blue and a yellow painted stone liberated from one of the corners!


  • richardthestag and RobT like this

#207 OFFLINE   Pete-M

Pete-M

    ALL VXLs ARE SHIT.

  • Full Members
  • 8,776 posts
  • 3 thanks
  • LocationThe Glorious Peoples Republic of Liverpool.

Posted 12 June 2018 - 09:19 PM

I'm at LM now. We're opposite the main entrance

Attached Images

  • 20180612_203142.jpg

  • richardthestag and Mrs6C like this

214837.png 180526.png

Never knowingly inoffensive.


#208 OFFLINE   Nyphur

Nyphur

    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 3,055 posts
  • 24 thanks
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 12 June 2018 - 09:38 PM

The bogs were quite shut some years ago but it has really changed in the last few years. On our campsite they are clean and well looked after. Security is certainly a lot better than it ever was. It was never easy to find a good viewing spot without paying for it which is why I have an aco membeship and get grandstand seats for the start. Like all events watching it on tv will give you a better idea of what is going on but where is the fun in that. It was an autograph session in the pits this afternoon and my Lad has his book signed by jenson button who really is a nice bloke.

 

I used to stay at BSJ because it was the only place I could get a space each year by the time I decided to go. The facilities were actually kept very clean.

 

Good viewing on site by climbing up onto the big bank or at night sneaking through the forest right up to the fence - my best Le Mans memory is sitting there approx 5 ft from the track watching the brakes glowing red into the right hander into Virage Porsche all while sat fewer than 10 ft from the marshalls who were non the wiser :D

 

It got progressively worse to stay in though. The Danish and Swedes' who turned up on their party buses were good value as were most of the other campers, but dick heads racing Impreza's and Lancer's between the tents (yes, really) at silly speeds Sunday night, fuckwitts driving round sounding train horns on their cars at all hours and the like made me knock it on the head for good. I really must go back, but not to BSJ.



#209 OFFLINE   spike60

spike60

    Rank: Renault 16

  • Full Members
  • 2,984 posts
  • 13 thanks
  • LocationOop North
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:26 AM

 

 

It got progressively worse to stay in though. The Danish and Swedes' who turned up on their party buses were good value as were most of the other campers, but dick heads racing Impreza's and Lancer's between the tents (yes, really) at silly speeds Sunday night, fuckwitts driving round sounding train horns on their cars at all hours and the like made me knock it on the head for good. I really must go back, but not to BSJ.

This is what drove us out of the sites, along with French neighbours blasting techno until after dawn and a large group straight opposite who turned up with a generator, mixing desk and mahoosive sound system. This wouldn't be so bad if the fuckers weren't nocturnal and never went anywhere near the track, mebby I'm just a grumpy old twat but it ain't no fun if you've actually gone to watch some racing. 


  • richardthestag likes this

#210 OFFLINE   tul66

tul66

    Rank: Austin Maxi

  • Full Members
  • 253 posts
  • 2 thanks
  • LocationNext door to placenta burying hippy twats.
  • Country : Country Flag

Posted 13 June 2018 - 09:02 PM

Tried to watch LeMans qualifying this evening but Eurosport won't work on Sky go for some reason.

Anyone have any idea where I can watch it live at the weekend...other than getting over there that is?

 

Cheers.






0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users