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    Default My Le Mans Trip 2008 Not for 56k Sorry!

    DAY 1
    Before I left I Cleaned the car, Had it serviced and refurbed a wheel. Unfortunately I snapped a wheel bolt and during the packing on day 1 I then locked my keys in the car near Stanstead ...So there would be no Vec in the convoy.

    We set off at 07:30 for the Chunnel. The convoy was to consist an E class merc, C220d Merc and CLK and a BMW Z4.



    When we arrived at the Chunnel, the car park was full of hardware to make any man drool:

    One of our group took a shine to this:












    My Favorate:


    This was to be my ride:



    And I wouldn't recommend it!!!

    We were delayed for 2 hours in Folkstone, But eventually I got my first ride on the Chunnel I couldn't get over how fast it went through the tunnel!



    Disembrking


    The first thing just about every one did when we reached France was to stop for fuel:






    Then we set off.











    Our delay meant it was unlikely we'd make mad Friday and the Driver parade through the town so wer stopped for some supplies in Rouein(?)



    It was dusk as we approached Lemans:








    It was dark by the time we reached Le Mans and the beer was well and truely flowing. Unfortunaltely it meant there were alot of idiots around the campsite who wanted us to do donuts and the like. We Were'nt in the mood for that. By Midnight we had the tents up and had a first view of Le Mans







    The partys were loud and the beer was free flowing. We did a rece of the site and found some potential viewing spots for the race. Fireworks were going off left and right. Eventually by 3 am it quietened down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brocks View Post
    ...I then locked my keys in the car near Stanstead ...So there would be no Vec in the convoy.
    Noooooo!!!
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    I love that picture!! Very, very nice indeed!

    Nice write up and I take it more days to come?

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    I've been waiting for this. So then, Great weekend or what. Bet you go again, the noise of the Corvette is just mind blowing. Not been for the last few years but made it for the bentley win and hope to go back next year. If the club ever gives the Irmscher trip a miss for a year then Le Mans is the perfect replacement IMO.

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    Top write up so far and great pics. Looks like a great time.

    Funny to think it was only a few years ago people were scoffing at the thought of a diesel powered car winning Le Mans.

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    Too Right Mate...It was a storm but there is a large undesirabe element there. Just read the write ups on Piston heads Website.

    Anyway Day 2 Race Day. - Warm Up

    With sore heads from the night before and with sore legs from sitting on the z4 for 5 hours I hobbled over to the track on Saturday morning for the wwarm up. This was my first taste of Serious motorsport. I wasa told to wear ear plugs but i'm deaf already and I'm glad I Didn't. Armed with the camera the first thing that struck me was the lack of clear views. This became my nemesis over the weekend as you will see below. The crowd is held behind a small fence, About 1-2 meters infront of that is an 8 ft high safety fence built after some people in the crowd were killed by wreckage..in front of that is a 3 ft wall. At ground level some of the cars are not visible over the wall, Shooting through the fence was impossible as you can see. However nothing prepared me for the speed and the sound...It was awesome!




















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    Day 2 Race Build Up

    After the warmup was done we had a few hours to kill so we went exploring... Something I really liked was the way you had all these exotic machines and all around were ordinary joe blogs cars. Apparently it is 100 years since the french flew across the channel landing near Le Mans.

    Unfortunately I missed the Group C Race which were older 1980s cars!
























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    Just done a huge laugh out loud at the random plane racing around Le Mans.

    Loving the GT40, too.

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    Last bit before bed....And itl'll make you smile!


    SMURFS

    The main reason for going was a stag do.....You may have noticed the blue shirts on day one. The plan had been to smurf up once we reached France but the late arrival messed that up! Sothe plan was changed to smurf up for the start of the race. We eventually based ourselves in the tented village and what a storm....The French love the Smurfs and as a result we got our photo taken every 20 seconds or so! Parents wanted their kids to be photographed with us...Kids wanted the parents in the shot. Media types, came over and we ended up in the local paper. We also got an interview with talk spport and 5 live. It got so manic that our 15-20 minutes walk back to the tents took 2 hours! The groom is smurfette! His dad is papa smurf.












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    LOL!

    The one of the geezer smoking, and then underneath p*ssing up a wall. Haha, imagine turning breakfast kids' TV on in a morning and seeing Papa Smurf lighting up.

    Top pictures again, fantastic idea.

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    We drew such a crowd opposite the Veron tht security drove it...Yes drove it away and no one noticed!!!!

    Right I'll pick out some race images tomorrow! and I'll try to keep it brief!

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