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Old 29 Jun 2022, 17:30 (Ref:4117505)   #1156
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Depends on which site you get, On TR the pitches are marked out at the start but early arrivals then get to choose where they pitch and mark out what they want. also between each block of pitches there are lanes just wide enough to park cars. There are no reserved pitches so arrive late and you get what is left unless someone has reserved you an area within thier plots. Security constantly wander around and try to stop people taking to much space but over all it seems to work and usually the same groups are in the same spots each year.
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Old 19 Aug 2022, 11:46 (Ref:4123170)   #1157
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Hi All, It's been about 20 years since I last went to Le Mans but we are planning the trip for next year. I've not camped before as we used to book a hotel covering the weekend and stay at the circuit for the race but it looks like we will need to camp next year. I've been on Beer Mountain but it's a few years since it has been updated. Any recommendations for which campsite to go for? Also is there anywhere to buy groceries? I'm thinking BBQ type things! TIA
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Old 19 Aug 2022, 12:06 (Ref:4123174)   #1158
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Others will have a better idea than me. I've done Porsche Curves with Travel Destinations which was great but no electrical hook up. I went to a local supermarket for food stuff.

Houx is advertised as having Electric Hook up. And you can get to the tram and thus into Le Mans Nord, where there is a big Carrefoure, for a couple of Euros. As I said best wait for the others to jump in, but come October it'll be a race to get the best pitches.

Just to add, this was posted by Ayse in the other thread.

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Just for the sake of balance (admitting that I do have a connection - admittedly fairly small) I'll mention 1st Tickets. Brian and Lauren will no doubt have various packages available which you may like to check out when they are available. They not only sell tickets but also run private campsites at the circuit. I've known Brian for many years now and have always found him and his company very good to deal with.

https://1st-tickets.co.uk/event/le-mans-24-hours-2023

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Old 19 Aug 2022, 12:13 (Ref:4123180)   #1159
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Just as a matter of interest Mike, why does it look as though you'll need to camp next year?
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Old 19 Aug 2022, 16:49 (Ref:4123210)   #1160
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Well the biggest problem is getting a campsite, the more desireable ones are sold out very quickly and although they do appear closer to the date for sale can be quite expensive. The campsites have improved massively since the old days and some are now very civilised. I think that only tertre rouge and Houx are now within the general enclousure now so the other sites can be a fair walk to actually get into that area to watch the cars, although some do have views of the circuit. If you have a car it is not a problem getting supplies even camping equipement and you can walk/get the tram very easily. Toilets and showers are mostly clean and depending on time of visit little or no waiting. Yes Beermountain is well out of date these days, i think some of my write ups are still there from decades ago.
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Garage Vert camping is also within the circuit and right next to the team terminus. I would avoid Bleu Nord like the plague, open access to anyone and after the race it was like a battle zone with travellers seeing what they could pick up from what people left behind and complete dixxheads building bonfires fron discarded tents, fridges and anything else which would create noxious smoke.

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I confess that if I was looking for camping, having no recent experience, I'd be looking for an organised site, such as offered by 1st Tickets, Travel Destinations and the like. I'd pay the premium for it, after all, it's only once a year.
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I confess that if I was looking for camping, having no recent experience, I'd be looking for an organised site, such as offered by 1st Tickets, Travel Destinations and the like. I'd pay the premium for it, after all, it's only once a year.
This is my approach. On that point I've signed up for notifications from 1st Tickets.
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Just as a matter of interest Mike, why does it look as though you'll need to camp next year?
We started looking at hotels but anything decent either didn't come up with availability or they were well aware of the significance of the weekend judging by the prices we were finding, so we decided camping was probably the best option!

Will take a look at 1st Tickets but my Dad being a Le Mans veteran from 1978 to the mid nineties has already got his ACO membership and booked a ferry so he's keen to put it together himself!
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I've got my membership and ferries too. But I suspect the camp sites will be booked through agencies.
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We started looking at hotels but anything decent either didn't come up with availability or they were well aware of the significance of the weekend judging by the prices we were finding, so we decided camping was probably the best option!

Will take a look at 1st Tickets but my Dad being a Le Mans veteran from 1978 to the mid nineties has already got his ACO membership and booked a ferry so he's keen to put it together himself!
Yep, understandable. I would say that anyone who hasn't already booked their ferry crossing ought to do so post-haste, particularly the sought-after return crossings. Having stayed in the same place now since 2010 and being on very good terms with the managers, we have our hotel sorted already.
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When are tickets expected to go for sale?

I want to stay in a relatively cheap hotel (if such thing exists). Given that I found one, what's the best way to go to the track (other than walking)?
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The tram is by far the best way
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Providing you are staying somewhere near a tram stop of course, if not, walking or cycling are the best options if a car isn't available.
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When are tickets expected to go for sale?
In Pre-Covid times (remember those?) it was usually around mid October, so a good guess would be the same sort of time this year.
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