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Old 9 May 2012, 21:16 (Ref:3071920)   #16
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I find that if you are travelling during the night you can triple stint the tyres...
with a child on board? i think that's the next thing they'll add to le mans. a 7 year old sat in the back on the overnight stints going "DAAAAAAAAAAD.... i need a weee..."
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Old 9 May 2012, 21:36 (Ref:3071925)   #17
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with a child on board? i think that's the next thing they'll add to le mans. a 7 year old sat in the back on the overnight stints going "DAAAAAAAAAAD.... i need a weee..."
That might change the meaning of "splash and dash"
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Old 10 May 2012, 09:44 (Ref:3072120)   #18
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Excellent!

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Old 10 May 2012, 18:30 (Ref:3072352)   #19
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That might change the meaning of "splash and dash"

Now that I like!
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Excellent!

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It is going to be great, you know that don't you?!

We've always fancied taking a big estate for the practicalities of when we get there or for bringing things back. However it has never won the argument.

Well I am having to consider what to do in a few years when three generations are making the trip to Le Mans. The current two seater car can't take us all. The first suggestion of an interesting four seater has been rejected in favour of two two seaters!
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Old 10 May 2012, 21:23 (Ref:3072427)   #21
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The practicalities of a large estate have won the day for many years although several in our group prefer taking 2 seaters but they to like the things that come down in the estate cars like the gazebo, tables, chairs and cooking facilities that way we have the best of both worlds and once down there we have a choice of transport
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To be honest ..... taking interested people to this race is cool , expecting non interested people to be interested in this , and expecting them to be entertained for 24 hours , 24 hours being the minimum , is askin a bit much .

Im sure your older son will have a ball to a point ..... after that expect the im tired and bored bit to follow .

I wish you and your family the best , but I suspect that any future trips will be made alone ...................

If you can manage to explain thet this is a weekend of endurance racing , and not a shopping trip ..... it may go well for you .
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the single most useful item is a personal VHF radio and decent earphones so you can follow the action on Radio Le Mans, without it you probably won't have a clue what's going on. Take a radio each and spare batteries too. Depending on individual aural sensitivities some may want good ear defenders over the top, although does not usually apply to anyone who likes loud gigs!
Back in the day when I went, they actually sold little personal radios at the track. (quite cheaply).
Do they still do that?
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To be honest ..... taking interested people to this race is cool , expecting non interested people to be interested in this , and expecting them to be entertained for 24 hours , 24 hours being the minimum , is askin a bit much .

Im sure your older son will have a ball to a point ..... after that expect the im tired and bored bit to follow .

I wish you and your family the best , but I suspect that any future trips will be made alone ...................

If you can manage to explain thet this is a weekend of endurance racing , and not a shopping trip ..... it may go well for you .
Completely disagree with this!!

I've been going since I was 4 and if it wasn't for my dad commanding me to return to my tent, I would have stayed up for the whole race!

We used to go as a family to the race, with my little sister and my mum. My sister sometimes got a little bored but we all agree that the best holidays we ever had we going to the race and staying in a gite for two weeks 20 minutes or so from the track. When we can, we'll all do it again.

My mum was never into motor racing before she met my dad and she's still not in to motor racing much, but she absolutely adores the magic of Le Mans. If she could go every year, she would.

Le Mans can be enjoyed as a family event. The place becomes its own universe during the week and there's nothin else like it - I can't think of anyone not being captivated by the atmosphere, the magic and the humanity on display.
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i agree with the badger - in fact, the reason i haven't gone in my decade of hardcore motorsport travelling is that i've wanted to wait to have the right level of interest in the event itself since the core campsite culture doesn't interest me at all. without a team or car to cheer for, endurance racing is hard work and without specific interest in the race, the noise and inconvenience is borderline tolerable.

i would suggest the op hasn't already that picking a team and car to support as a group would be a really good idea. we've got one each from the same team
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Radio Le Mans girls and boys will be out selling the radios I have no doubt. Over ear /single side were 5 Euro, proper FM radio with comfy stereo buds are 10 euro.

911CG? Assuming you lot are like mine, you won't have problems. The racing nuts will be at the racing. The non racing types will be back at the campsite, with books, steo, and sun cream. There is nothing stopping the non-racer members taking the car out to other towns, as you won't need it once you are set up.

Just be aware that a fridge kills car batteries in jig time, if you leave it plugged in!
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The RLM boys and girls will almost certainly be out selling the radios but dies anyone know how good they are? For tears I used a little Creative mp3 player with a built in radio, which was great. Of course now I've gone for the brilliant ear defender style radio - not that I particularly want to defend my ears, but because the ability to actually hear the commentary is so darned good!
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In addition to whats been said before:
1 The Club Arnage guide is currently being worked on for 2012, this has Lots of do's and don'ts, check lists, campsite/viewing locations you name it. It should be available not long after test weekend.

2. Once you're at the track on saturday, don't think about leaving until Sunday evening, you'll take forever to get anywhere. If you're not camping in the circuit locale, take a couple of blankets with you, plenty of folk just crash out.

3. Personally, I'd drive the N138 down and avoid the motorway, especially coming back. But if you do use the motorway look out for "Aires de ...." these are rest stops (glorified lay-by) with toilets.

4. Don't Speed! the police will be looking out for you, they seem to target the brits, it's on the spot fines and if you dont have the cash, plenty of stories about being escorted to cash points.

There are coaches that take you to the viewing spots at Mulsanne and Arnage, worth it. My favoured viewing spots were between Porsche Curve and Ford for the start, and Terte Rouge at sunrise
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Completely disagree with this!!

I've been going since I was 4 and if it wasn't for my dad commanding me to return to my tent, I would have stayed up for the whole race!

We used to go as a family to the race, with my little sister and my mum. My sister sometimes got a little bored but we all agree that the best holidays we ever had we going to the race and staying in a gite for two weeks 20 minutes or so from the track. When we can, we'll all do it again.

My mum was never into motor racing before she met my dad and she's still not in to motor racing much, but she absolutely adores the magic of Le Mans. If she could go every year, she would.

Le Mans can be enjoyed as a family event. The place becomes its own universe during the week and there's nothin else like it - I can't think of anyone not being captivated by the atmosphere, the magic and the humanity on display.
Cool , Im delighted for you , but it mightnt be everybodys cup of tea , I was trying to point out . I have experiance of seeing how someone who is not interested , putting the kybosh on the whole week .

If my wife decided to bring the family on a tennis tournament holiday , Id be bored off my tits !!!

Thats my point , there has to be some interest ..... Its not the Silverstone 6 hours with home at the end of the day , and its not such fun when your trying to keep your little ones dry when the heavens open for the week .

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