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Old 26 Jul 2022, 07:25 (Ref:4120530)   #76
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Haven't been since 2017 and I miss the place and the friends I've met. Was supposed to go in 2020 but we all know how that ended up playing out.

Happy to report I booked my flights just the other day for 2023! I'll be flying in to London the Saturday before the race. Have been lucky to have traveled all over Asia, much of Europe, and almost all of North and Central America and somehow this will still be my very first trip to England. Will make the trek down to Le Mans with my good buddy MuppetDave. Could have flown directly into CDG, but I've always wanted to experience the trip down as the Brits do it.

Needless to say, I'm already super excited to be at the campsite and to see everyone at the tenths meeting on race morning!
That's excellent news! When are you like to travel over from the UK - ferry booked yet?
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Old 26 Jul 2022, 10:03 (Ref:4120538)   #77
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Well lets hope Dave gets his camping tickets sorted out for you, you will find quite a few changes since you last went but same old faces and next year will finally see a full grid for the top class. The trip down from the uk is a big part of the "le mans experience" The sight of alsorts of classic cars/ modern sports cars/vans all heading down builds the excitement, arriving at the campsite and meeting everyone the first evening plus seeing familiar sites means you are guaranteed to have a great time
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Old 26 Jul 2022, 19:44 (Ref:4120600)   #78
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Thanks buddy, will look forward to seeing you as well.

Maybe next year will finally be the year I train in advance and can do the running of the track with you.
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Old 26 Jul 2022, 19:49 (Ref:4120601)   #79
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I'm assuming (yeah I know what happens when you do that) David will have planned for camping pitch and ferry crossings. I'd like to think I've made his Sebring visits relatively seamless, now the pressure is on for him!

I'm definitely looking forward to the pilgrimage from the UK. Also excited that David is as big a fan as I of the cooked and not so cooked meats that France provides. Can't wait to hop on the tram and head into town for some of my favorite restaurants and cafes.
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Old 27 Jul 2022, 08:13 (Ref:4120633)   #80
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Dave is very reliable as long as he is not in close proximity to beer, luckily there will be a shortage of beer at le mans next year

see you in just over 10 months
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Hey all - we'll be traveling from the states to Le Mans for the first time in 2023. I read the "first timers" thread but as I am coming from the states, I wondered if anyone has any suggestions on using a travel agency or have details they'd like to share.

I have looked at the travel destinations website (https://lemansrace.com/motorsport-ev...mans-24-hours/) as they have some packages which cover lodging (tents, "glamping" which I didn't realize was a word, and something like indoor container storage sleeping arrangements) and tickets plus options to add on other ameneties but i'm flying blind here.
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Hey all - we'll be traveling from the states to Le Mans for the first time in 2023. I read the "first timers" thread but as I am coming from the states, I wondered if anyone has any suggestions on using a travel agency or have details they'd like to share.

I have looked at the travel destinations website (https://lemansrace.com/motorsport-ev...mans-24-hours/) as they have some packages which cover lodging (tents, "glamping" which I didn't realize was a word, and something like indoor container storage sleeping arrangements) and tickets plus options to add on other ameneties but i'm flying blind here.
Travel Destinations is a very good company and if you are uncertain of what to expect, they can help.

I've used the flexotel (containers) and they are very good but expensive. This year I went to Porsche Curves camping and no complaints except there is no electric hookup. I'm told the glamping is good but again very expensive.

They do all the legwork including ferries/rail travel, but you must ensure you have the correct visas etc.

Next year I plan to book Houx and tickets via the ACO.

Hope this helps.
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Travel Destinations is a very good company and if you are uncertain of what to expect, they can help.

I've used the flexotel (containers) and they are very good but expensive. This year I went to Porsche Curves camping and no complaints except there is no electric hookup. I'm told the glamping is good but again very expensive.

They do all the legwork including ferries/rail travel, but you must ensure you have the correct visas etc.

Next year I plan to book Houx and tickets via the ACO.

Hope this helps.
Thanks Peter. This is a huge relief to hear. It looked almost too easy and the skeptic in me worried about that. Since my better half will be with me the glamping and flexotel options looked more appropriate for her...flights were covered by points so it at least gives us that option.

Maybe in future years if I travel by myself camping is more my speed but sounds like the wife may be happier.

Seems pretty straight forward with them so I'll reach out and start there. Can't thank you enough.
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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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Yes indeed. I was just confirming Mogwai's understanding of the company.
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For first timers travelling from outside the drivable area(france holland uk etc) then an organised package is a good starter, however they are as stated expensive the international camp run by a member on here is good if you are ok with camping and also means you will have a group who know all there is to know about le mans and are very happy to share that knowledge and guide you around.
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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
Dang - I'm sorry I missed this Aysedasi! I hope that this becomes a normal trip for me now that our kids are grown. One hope I had posting here (finally) was for ideas like this. Would you mind sending his contact details? It can't hurt and considering you're blog for first-timers is the first place I went, I trust your opinion.

My wife is an active backpacker but since the Flexotel options were all booked, I opted for glamping. It adds a little "look-it's-fancy-camping-and-not-just-about-the-race-for-me-see-it-can-be-nice-at-races"

Our trip is bookended with things that are more for her but if I can get back in 2024 I'll look at other more austere options.

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For first timers travelling from outside the drivable area(france holland uk etc) then an organised package is a good starter, however they are as stated expensive the international camp run by a member on here is good if you are ok with camping and also means you will have a group who know all there is to know about le mans and are very happy to share that knowledge and guide you around.
You know, that's exactly what got in my way going this year. Making distinct arrangements for all the details I would have needed to figure out, even iwth Aysedasi's blog, is what put me off doing it for 2022. Flying from the US and figuring all that out just got overwhelming. In the future, I'll likely be less inclined but hopefully I can put a couple faces to names here and that will help in the future.

Thanks!
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Just looked at 1st tickets and you can pretty much tailor a package to suit your needs. I've already got my crossing booked so may go to them for a pitch at Houx since that's the only one officially listed as with electric hook up.
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That's great they are offering that sort of package. Means less worry and hassle
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Just been reading that ETIAS e-visa nonsense us Brits need has been pushed back by six months to November 2023.

So Le Mans will be 6 quid cheaper next year - https://www.independent.co.uk/travel...-b2137089.html
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