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#1: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: curious bystander Location: Derbyshire Post Posted: Today at

Calendar Event: 16 Jun - 17 Jun


This years exciting race will take place over the weekend of 16th and 17th June.

I'm sure we'll all be rooting for Corvette Racing to repeat the success of 2015 when they won the GTE Pro Class.

Can they beat Ferrari, Ford and Aston Martin this year? It was so close in 2017 when the team were denied on the last lap due to an error by the leading Corvette with only yards to go to the chequered flag.

If you want to go make sure you have your itinerary and accommodation sorted well in advance.

Plenty of guided packages on the internet or join up with others in the Club who have been before and know the ropes.

If you want to start a sensible discussion please post below


#2: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: Rich Location: Bournemouth, England Post Posted: Today at

Not forgetting, of course, that Gerard Planche normally puts together a package specifically for Corvette owners which includes parking in the "Corvette Corral".

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#3: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: 666Vette Location: Tyne and Wear Post Posted: Today at

we'd love to do this sometime

when does Gerard publicise the event / facility that he has put together?
It always looks so well organised Clap

#4: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: Rich Location: Bournemouth, England Post Posted: Today at

666Vette wrote (View Post):we'd love to do this sometime

when does Gerard publicise the event / facility that he has put together?
It always looks so well organised Clap


He sends out an email, usually at quite short notice. I haven't been for a while. He has had to change the location of the Corral so hopefully someone who has been recently could chip in with more information.

#5: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: UkBeancounter Location: Nottingham Post Posted: Today at

The Coral has been adjacent to the Car Wash at the first traffic Island inside the track at the Arnarge entrance for the last three years. Although its not "trackside" its still a good base with onsite security guards organised by Gerrard for the cars.
Facilities are still good (marquee and toilets + camping space) but nowhere near what the Astons and Ford mob enjoy.
Missed last year due to a trip to US, but am already ticketed up for this year. Gerrard will email around May time with details of Corral costs, which are usually in the region of £300 for a car and two passengers. This includes evening meal on Saturday night. There is a meal also on Firday night although we tend to get a Pizza whilst watching the drivers parade.
I (or someone) will upload the details and booking form as soon as it is available, but as Rich says it will be last minute.

As a foot note, during the 2016 Corral a coach load of NCM members attended the Corral. GM's vice president also came to visit and one of the more elderly US ladies ripped him a new one over facilities compared to the other teams. Free grandstand tickets soon appeared, so maybe GM will help out a little more this year. But dont hold your breath.

Jason

#6: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: curious bystander Location: Derbyshire Post Posted: Today at

Thanks Jason

So the £300 approx. DOES NOT include admission to the circuit?

#7: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

Bill, Gerard includes the cost of general admission tickets in his "options list". Based on last year's prices, 300€ would probably just about cover it, if you bought tickets as well. Admission tickets are needed if you want to go into the circuit as the "coral" is outside. there are extras like dinners etc as well.

To my mind it's too expensive.......

#8: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

On the subject of Le Mans 2018, there is an extra piece of news that I can now impart, as the "official" announcement was made on Saturday.

The Association Virage Mulsanne has put on an event at Mulsanne Corner, on the circuit, for that last few years, on the Friday before race weekend. A similar, but smaller, more intimate event than the St Saturnin Classic British Welcome, "interesting" cars are welcomed and parked along the trackside from Mulsanne Corner towards Indianapolis. Food and drinks, some "trade type" stands etc are on hand.

In recent years, the Association has hosted a particular marque and for 2018 that marque will be Corvette.

Details are yet to be released on the associations website ( http://www.viragedemulsanne.org/fr/infos-pratiques/ ) but in the past the featured marque cars have been parked separately on a section track, crews have been provided with a unique "rally plaque" with a design by local artist Ray Toombs, a lunch and drink and there are opportunities for such things as Parade des Pilot places.

Note, pre-entry is necessary, but there is no charge. When this year's details are fully revealed, I believe that there will be an on-line registration form available.

A few of us attended last year, when the featured marque was Jaguar and we had a very enjoyable time. St Saturnin is great, but the Mulsanne event is quieter, less busy, and there were virtually no queues to get in or out!

I know that the association is hoping for a huge turnout of Corvettes (there are a lot based in and around Le Mans!), so if you're coming down to La Sarthe, they'd love to see you.

(Incidentally, the Corvette Club France will have a "presence" at the event, but I'm not involved in any of the organisation!)


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#9: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: curious bystander Location: Derbyshire Post Posted: Today at

Thanks Stephen - could you keep this thread updated when you know further details?

#10: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

Bill, yes, anything I hear I'll "broadcast" here Thumbs up

#11: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: 7YEL Location: Kent Post Posted: Today at

Le Mans Corral info From Gérard Planche for those who are not on his email list,
and details about Corvette exhibition in Cité de l'Automobile (formerly Musée Schlumpf) in Mulhouse,

Hi all
just a little note to tell you that I am indeed in talks with Cadillac Europe regarding the necessary support to organize the Corvette Corral this year again; more info beginning February!

But this mail is mainly to inform you of a unique Corvette exhibition at the incredible, World-famous Cité de l'Automobile (formerly Musée Schlumpf) in Mulhouse, eastern France (http://www.citedelautomobile.com/en/node/1471)

It has been put together by our friends at the Corvette Racer Team and has received great reviews! (http://www.citedelautomobile.com/en/node/2362)
The exhibition lasts until February 18th.
Don't hesitate to go and spend at least a day, checking the Team's C3 racer and the other generation Vettes gathered in this fantastic environment! Any car enthusiast HAS to have seen the Cité de l'Automobile at least once anyways!
Plenty hotels in Mulhouse to check on booking.com. Gérard Maurer, of the CRT, can help if needed (gerard.maurer1@gmail.com).

Have fun...and Happy 2018!

Gerard

--
Gérard Planche


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#12: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: Fishy Dave Location: Bath Post Posted: Today at

Now we have a Corvette my wife and I would like to attend Le Mans for the first time. We've never been before; the 'drunk lads on tour' reputation has slightly put us off, but we are now sure that it's just a case of choosing the right place to stay.

So, as a first timer what would you recommend? Should we go for a package such as with Speed Chills or 1st Tickets? Or is it worth waiting for Gérard Planche as mentioned in this thread? Presumably with the latter I would book ferry crossings separately? It would be nice to be parked with our Corvettes and their owners.

Thanks, Dave and Beth Smile

#13: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: roscobbc Location: S W Essex Post Posted: Today at

Good afternoon Dave - the club does have a 'hardcore' of members who go to this and other European events - I'm sure someone will stop by later-on and advise you.........

#14: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: curious bystander Location: Derbyshire Post Posted: Today at

Anyone wanting to go could probably do worse than contacting Alan Lewis at Fantastic Roads.

Alan is a supporting vendor to the CCCUK, a Club Member and all round nice bloke.

http://www.fantasticroads.com/Le-Mans-2018(3018862).htm

(just hope he doesn't read this - hate to see a grown man blush Laughing )

#15: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: Fishy Dave Location: Bath Post Posted: Today at

Thank you, it looks like a very well organised trip, away from the mayhem, but perhaps a little too pricey for me. I'm hoping to pay around £500ish. Smile

#16: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

I've never looked at FR's Le Mans trip before. Got to say, as a local, it sounds perfect! Out of the mayhem "South of the Big Wheel", decent accommodation and a shuttle bus. Not cheap, but I'd be considering seriously if we had to come over from the UK.

#17: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: curious bystander Location: Derbyshire Post Posted: Today at

Here's another idea that may be of interest.

Although at first glance it may seem expensive, I have it on good authority that all prices for accommodation in the Le Mans area over the racing weekends are hiked up

To view details: click on Download below.


This is not an endorsement by the CCCUK for this company

#18: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: vaughan watkins Location: Woodley Reading Post Posted: Today at

Fishy Dave wrote (View Post):Now we have a Corvette my wife and I would like to attend Le Mans for the first time. We've never been before; the 'drunk lads on tour' reputation has slightly put us off, but we are now sure that it's just a case of choosing the right place to stay.

So, as a first timer what would you recommend? Should we go for a package such as with Speed Chills or 1st Tickets? Or is it worth waiting for Gérard Planche as mentioned in this thread? Presumably with the latter I would book ferry crossings separately? It would be nice to be parked with our Corvettes and their owners.

Thanks, Dave and Beth Smile


Dave
There is a degree of very yobish behaviour that does cause a real concern, the main thing is to not be driving around in your pride and joy near the parking blue and down around karting area as particularly on the Friday evening Saturday evening it gets a little out of hand, we’ve done the Gerard planche corvette coral a few times and have always been happy, generally once we arrive on the Thursday the car stays there and we walk everywhere so don’t get the yobs trying to get you do do burnouts and stuff)
We had a nightmare a few years ago as my brother was invited to use his corvette in the drivers parad around Le Mans which was not only a great honour but really enjoyable, the mistake we made was we stayed in Le Mans for dinner and the evening and then drive back Kate at night which was our down fall as close to the corvette corral was a roundabout that had been taken over by some 200 yobs that we’re blocking the road throwing bottles pushing people if mopeds and generally atacking cars, we had to take shelter in another car park till 2am and I had to go and sit near the roundabout and find a group of helpful people to assist me blocking the wrong side of the road so my brother could make a dash for it without going round the roundabout, it was an incredibly scary time, the beauty of the corral is the cars are safe and there’s security on the gates so your rest assured the cars are safe, it’s a wonderful experience and there are clean showers which is nice

#19: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: UkBeancounter Location: Nottingham Post Posted: Today at

Generally the Gendarmes step in if things get out of hand with the "Burnout Competition" but I agree 2 years ago it did get out of hand and Plod were nowhere to be seen.

The trick is when you get stopped by the crowds to light the rear wheels up, smile and wave, rev the engine loudly and then gesture for the morons to move out of the way as you don't want to run them over.

Then just drive off normally. They are not too bright ! silly

Jason


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#20: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: curious bystander Location: Derbyshire Post Posted: Today at

Thanks to information just in from "our man on the ground" Steve (kentvette), this really should be high on your list if you are freelancing at this years Le Mans.

Virage Mulsanne Event on Friday 15th June

Each year this gathering of classic cars features one particular make of vehicle and this year it's CORVETTE.

So it's our turn to strut our stuff and help fly the flag for Corvette.

It's a FREE event but you must pre-book. There will be food and drink, trade stands and music - and of course plenty of Corvettes to admire.

You need to go on this link: http://www.viragedemulsanne.org/fr/

It's all in French but when the web page opens click on "Je m'inscris" in the centre of the page and then on the next page click "J'ai un vehicule de marque Corvette et je souhaite m'inscire" in blue and just follow the instructions.

Annee is year and Envoyer is Send. Places are limited so if you want to attend don't delay

Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email and more than likely another closer to the event.


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#21: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: UkBeancounter Location: Nottingham Post Posted: Today at

Gerard has now released the booking form for the 2018 Coral. The website does not appear to like Excel file uploads so PM me if you want a copy.
Text of the email for those who have not received it:

All right guys and gals : the 2018 Corvette Corral is on: Cadillac Europe and Corvette Racing have again agreed to support our organization this coming June!

We’ll be located at the same site as in 2017 within the Technoparc (47.942514, 0.217200): a clean and convenient arrangement by our friends at Acropolis who by the way also offer temporary accommodation for the race week (www.acropolis.fr).

Great food from Olivier, Martine and their team!

This year, I booked 4 grandstand seats : 2 Tertre Rouge and 2 Lagache, which will be again won in 2-hour periods at the raffle drawing on Friday night.

Please fill up the attached signup form and send it back to me; early payment will help me book all necessary goodies for a neat Corral experience.

Two new things this year:

1) The Association “Virage de Mulsanne » has selected Corvette as the honored brand for their traditional Friday event: they hope to get hundreds of cars exhibited on the Le Mans track around the Mulsanne curve. The 2018 program will be live soon on their website (http://www.viragedemulsanne.org) but as you can judge from pictures and videos from past occurences, the event is complete with food, drinks, games, exhibitions, a nice way to spend the day before the race. Exhibition is free and one can sign up on their website.

2) Hold your breath: the ACO has just one spot left for track laps: 3 (THREE!) laps, 25 cars max. Saturday morning from 7:30 to 8:10. Yes. Now take a deep one: 1’500€ a pop (mind you, that’s 25% off original proposal!). Start negotiating at home. And then respond to me QUICKLY (reply even before filling form!) as this opportunity will disappear just as fast as it came! Please note that this is a flat-fee proposal: we need all 25 cars to get this rate!

Looking forward to reading from you, and to seeing you mid-June!

Best regards



Gerard


Gerards email address = gplanche55 @ gmail.com

There is also a Twitter Post regarding the Coral.

Not sure I can afford the 500Euro per lap track time this year, it used to be 50Euro per lap !



Jason


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#22: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: philv8 Location: South West Post Posted: Today at

Always fancied doing that, just to say I had, but 1500 Euros for 25 miles! If it had been April 1st it would have been a laugh.

Never understand why they leave it so late to sort the corral out, when most people who might like to take advantage of it will have already booked accommodation/parking last year to make sure they can get in.

#23: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

Good to see that Gerard has highlighted the Virage Mulsanne event. Full details on the previous page of tis thread, but suffice to say that there are already a good number of Corvettes registered.

We attended a "launch evening" a couple of weeks ago and we reminded that only the first 100 registrations receive the signed version of the very nice plaque which carries a painting by local artist Ray Toombs.

#24: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: Le Vette Location: Normandy/Loire border Post Posted: Today at

I went to the 'Le Mans Retro' event yesterday and very good it was too. I'll post some pics of the event on the CCCUK facebook page. There was a booth publicising the 'Virage de Mulsanne' event, so I registered there and then and it looks like it'll be a great Corvette event. As has been mentioned, the first 100 vettes to register will get the VIP treatment, so if you're around on the Friday it'll certainly be a highlight. We plan to visit the Classic British Welcome at St Saturnin first, but should be at Mulsanne around lunchtime... Thumbs up

#25: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

Pete, I'd hoped to be at the Retro event this year, if only to ask about selling some mags! But, over in the "sunny UK" till tomorrow!

Hope to see you at Virage Mulsanne, if not before! Thumbs up

#26: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

I received today a short up-date on the Virage Mulsanne event on the Friday before the 24 Hours. This is the text from David Mousty, the president of the organising association.:


Dear collectors,

We were very pleased to host you last year during our « Virage de Mulsanne » event.
All the team is working hard and is committed to make our 7th edition, which will celebrate the mythical CORVETTE brand a big success.

We are expecting not less than 100 Corvette, from C1 to C7 and 500+ other cars.

If you want to join us during on June 15th, please register using the links as follows :

· For Corvette cars owner : http://www.viragedemulsanne.org/fr/inscription-exposants-cor...
· For the other cars owner : http://www.viragedemulsanne.org/fr/formulaire-inscription-ex...
Don’t hesitate to share these links with your friedns that would like to come with us !

Would you like to see our 2017 film : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSIMuQJRQ0Q&feature=yout...

Hope to see you again this year.

WIth kind regards,

David MOUSTY – Président de l’Association Virage de Mulsanne
(Please think to come early in the morning as we are expecting a high number of cars this year )


If you're coming down for the race, you could do a lot worse than be at Mulsanne! Looking forward to meeting some of you there.

#27: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: Le Vette Location: Normandy/Loire border Post Posted: Today at

Just a small word of caution.

We've been conscious that the French appear to have taken over/hijacked the Classic British Welcome to some degree (all the prime spots are now occupied by French-registered cars) and it seems to me that the Virage de Mulsanne event is a very similar event to the CBW at St Saturnin. So whilst I'm looking forward to both events, I do think the 'Virage' event is maybe one for this year only (given the Corvette theme).

Maybe the writing is on the wall for the CBW and it may eventually become the 'Bienvenue Classique Francaise', peut etre (if it hasn't already!)....? Doh

#28: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

Le Vette wrote (View Post):
Just a small word of caution.

We've been conscious that the French appear to have taken over/hijacked the Classic British Welcome to some degree (all the prime spots are now occupied by French-registered cars) and it seems to me that the Virage de Mulsanne event is a very similar event to the CBW at St Saturnin. So whilst I'm looking forward to both events, I do think the 'Virage' event is maybe one for this year only (given the Corvette theme).

Maybe the writing is on the wall for the CBW and it may eventually become the 'Bienvenue Classique Francaise', peut etre (if it hasn't already!)....? Doh


To be fair, The St Saturnin Classic British Welcome is a French event! But I do know that when John Curtis retired the new chairman of the event did want to "broaden the field" a bit. The chap currently with the responsibility of bringing in the "featured marque" cars is a Brit, but he has told me that there is less emphasis on the featured cars having to be British marques and, to attracting more of the many interesting cars around Le Mans that are French owned, as well as the hundreds that now come from other European countries each year. And, he doesn't have the UK connections that John had, so it's harder for hime to organise UK attendees.

With regard to the Virage Mulsanne event, there is no differentiation between cars from any country. You park next to the car you followed in basically. And that will be the same for the Corvettes on display, which will be parked on the Mulsanne Straight section of the track, rather than the road down to Indianapolis. In effect, there are no "prime spots", as all the parking is alongside the track. It just depends on when you arrive to how far down you are! The Virage Mulsanne organisation makes no pretence about being "British focused", but welcomes cars from all over Europe, just as "St Sat" now knows it has to. If you have an interesting car, the French will appreciate it.

Of course, I'm a member of the Corvette Club de France and our local club, Club Auto Passion 72, so am well used to travelling, parking and having the car admired with other French registered cars, as well as a few UK registered ones.


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#29: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: Le Vette Location: Normandy/Loire border Post Posted: Today at

Thanks for your measured insights Stephen, balanced as ever! Thumbs up

#30: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

A little more info on the Mulsanne Event;

We were at the track yesterday (Friday) for the Test Scrutineerig and were approached by Jean-Phiippe Aubry, one of the organising team of the event and also a Commissaire working the pit lane. He saw we were wearing Corvette clothing and heard we were English. He was very keen to tell us all about the event and when he found out we had a Corvette, extremely keen that we attend.

They have close to 100 Corvettes already registered so are hoping to exceed that.

He was keen to point out that the sooner one arrived, the better it would be. If you are one of those from the UK who had already signed up, great, Clap just don't delay your arrival. If you haven't yet signed up, there is still time! Thumbs up


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#31: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: UkBeancounter Location: Nottingham Post Posted: Today at

Stephen,

We registered for the event a while ago but have never received any further updates from the event directly. Is there a particular route we need to take to gain access (from the south for instance?) We are staying near Le Grand-Luce again so coming across the D140 would be easy, but I am not sure if the roads are closed before Mulsanne corner?

Thanks

Jason

#32: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

Hi Jason

I just had a look through our emails and we have not had any direct communication re our entry. We have had contact, as we live here, and were invited to the "Sponsors Evening". Last year I was concerned, but when we arrived they knew all about us, so I'm expecting the same this year. (It's not unusual to not hear from organisers of French events - they just assume you'll arrive and then they are ready for you!) I keep looking at the website, but nothing much new there. Smile

Yes, I think you'll be fine coming in that way. Yes

Last year we came up from Chateau du Loir as I was not sure if the "Mulsanne Straight" would be open. But in fact I think it was possible to approach from the north.

We come up the D304 through Grand Luce, but will probably go on up to Parigne and then left towards Ruaudin, as its a slightly less "rural" route! Like your route, it'll bring us in through the village (past Carrefour Market) to the roundabout that is on Mulsanne Corner. You'll see the entrance to the event, off the roundabout.

Hope to see you there! Thumbs up


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#33: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: UkBeancounter Location: Nottingham Post Posted: Today at

Stephen,

Thanks for the information. As if by magic an email appeared this morning stating more details are to follow. Nothing like cutting it short !

See you there.

Jason

#34: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: kentvette Location: Loir Valley, France Post Posted: Today at

Ha! Laughing We had the same email - I was going to let you know. Leaving things late seems to be the "norm" here. Very Happy Yes

By the way, when do you get down to Le Grand Luce?

Stephen

#35: Re: Le Mans 24 Hour Author: UkBeancounter Location: Nottingham Post Posted: Today at

Driving down Wednesday so should be there early evening. Also received the Coral information today at last with directions.

Jason
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