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1  Club Arnage / General Discussion / Re: Who, Where, What When etc 2022 on: May 24, 2022, 12:40:23 pm
Canada Phil and I are heading out 7th Newhaven Dieppe arrive BN early evening.
Return Monday 14.

Iíd check that Tom. Itís either Monday 13th or Tuesday 14th.
2  Club Arnage / General Discussion / Spa WEC? on: March 01, 2022, 11:44:05 am
Anyone doing Spa this year? Eight of us from Friday early PM until Sunday morning. Hopefully camping in our usual spot on carpark 3. Look for the CA flag and come over for a beer.
3  Club Arnage / General Discussion / Re: You've heard of word association, well let's try picture association. NSFW on: December 17, 2021, 02:00:57 pm

It was a great effort from his team. The bearded one could be seen in the pits most of the time during the race helping out with stuff and chatting to team members. His first car died some time during the night and the second around 7:45 on Sunday morning at Dunlop. He looked real pissed off on the screens and was almost in tears. He jumped up on to the pit wall to wave and take a bow to the spectators and blow up Mr Blobbies in the grandstand opposite. Just for a brief second I almost felt sorry for the twat.
4  Club Arnage / General Discussion / Re: Debrief on: August 31, 2021, 02:16:49 pm
Brilliant Bob, glad you made good use of the ACO card (which Tom paid for LOL).

Used it a lot. Free programme to start. Apart from the ACO grandstand a few times,  the showers were great as was the locker to store stuff at the circuit. I used the members enclosure at Chapalle for the start and a few times after for the cheap beer and food. Seriously thinking of joining.
5  Club Arnage / General Discussion / Re: Debrief on: August 31, 2021, 02:10:27 pm
Finally a PCR test would have to be taken 72 hours before return and only negative results would be allowed to enter the UK. This test had to be done in a French lab as UK immigration wonít accept our own NHS tests.

For Double-Vaccinated people with a UK Passport, only Antigen test was required. (Lateral Flow)
We had ours done on Sunday after the race at a nurse friend of ours (Friend of a friend), for £25.00 per test, instant result and she registered it for us there and then.

All in all - I agree, it was a lot easier to travel than expected, particularely if all your ducks were in a row in advance.
(UK Passenger Locator form was the most tricky bit)

Didnít know about the Lateral flow option we just went with the list of requirements on the tunnel booking. Yes the Passenger locator was a pain to fill in. But, it all got us there and back so a little effort went a long way.
6  Club Arnage / General Discussion / Debrief on: August 29, 2021, 01:51:01 pm
Like most people I had written off the prospect of going to Le Mans this year, although there would be spectators this year, the thought of COVID restrictions and reported post Brexit checks made it all seem a lot of hassle.
One week to go and up pops a post from Werner offering a GA, a Bleu Nord ticket and the offer of joining Team Le Mans Zone for the weekend.
And so my mind was changed.

Tom (Lawnmower Man) phoned me and ask if he could tag along if he could manage to get hold of a GA. No problem.

First thing channel crossing. I was £171 in credit rolled over from last year when none of us could go. That was obviously the cost of a return crossing for 2020. Not so this year, the bloody pirates wanted another £154. RIp off Britain again.
Next thing, travel requirements. Proof of double jab, not a problem. Uploaded this to the French TousAntiCovid app as it was not sure if Frog would accept it on the NHS equivalent. That was all that was needed to enter France. Getting back into Blighty was a different matter. We would have to take a 2 day test on return which we would have to prove we had ordered at 89 quid a pop. 48 hours before return a Passenger Traceability form had to be uploaded to the tunnel booking. Finally a PCR test would have to be taken 72 hours before return and only negative results would be allowed to enter the UK. This test had to be done in a French lab as UK immigration wonít accept our own NHS tests.

So, off we jolly well set set at sparrow fart on Thursday. Bit of a hassle getting on to the M25 as both the M40 and M4 on ramps were closed. Not to worry, hardly any traffic, we arrived at the tunnel in plenty of time. It was a breeze passing through French passport control with the double jab proof. Even got a post Brexit stamp on my passport.
Once Frogside it all seemed very quiet. No constant stream of Brit cars heading South, in fact we didnít see more than half a dozen all the way to Le Mans. The road through Rouen was amazingly traffic free, no hold ups at all, no Brit cars and even the cows had gone off the roundabout. We made a couple of stops for breakfast and fuel and found that all public areas were very hot on mask wearing.

We tooled up onto a very different Bleu Nord around 13:30. I would say it was only about 25% full compared to other years and not a Union Flag in site. Found Werner, pitched our tents and sat drinking cold German beer for a couple of hours before going to the circuit. We were expecting long queues despite the crowd being restricted to 50,000 but were pleasantly surprised. Two minute wait to show proof of jabbage, the usual cursory bag check (they were allowing canned beer in this year) and then a couple of minute wait at the ticket check. all very smooth and stress free.

Night time on the campsite was obviously  a lot quieter than normal but still with parties, music and fireworks. Still a nice friendly atmosphere. A French group asked Werner if they could plug into his Jenny in exchange for a couple of bottles of Remi Martin. A no brainier really. Another group needed fuel for their own Jenny which was exchanged for a bottle of Pastis. I can assure you, none of the bottles survived the night.

Walking around the circuit was very easy due to lack of spectators but the mask wearing whilst walking was being strictly policed. A one way in and out system was operating on the pit straight terraces with most of the stairways being taped off.  A lot of the concession stalls were absent but there were the usual bars and food outlets. The beer on circuit is now Carlsberg and is Ä2 cheaper than 2019.
We had heard that the ACO had set up a PCR test centre at the MME arena so off we went on Friday morning to get one done. Again the ACO had done a fantastic job with this, no problem, no hassle. Twenty minutes and Ä50 later we were on our way back to the campsite. We had heard that drinking coffee could give a false positive reading as it was only a spit test. Bloody good job German beer didnít affect it. The result was emailed to us on Saturday morning. The result was negative so we could now relax and enjoy the race. Uploaded the result to the tunnel booking and we knew we could get home.

There was no funfair or go carts which made for a strange skyline without the Ferris wheel. No bands although the stage was in place and there was a DJ playing what some poor deluded souls would call music but most normal people would call utter shite.

On race day no entry was allowed after 2PM and likewise on the Sunday. I suppose to avoid last minute congestion at the entry points only about half of which were being used.

I wonít talk about the race itself as you probably watched in on the box.

I watched the finish from the ACO grandstand thanks to Geoffís membership card. All the grandstands I could see were less than half full, as was the one I was in, and the above pit seats were virtually empty. I had heard that the ACO was flogging off tickets at half price to the locals as they hadnít sold the whole 50,000. That could explain why there seemed to be more than the usual amount off French families on our campsite. The usual checkered flag circuit invasion wasnít allowed this year so after the slow down lap all the finishers were lined up on the pit straight. A fantastic sight. I think this will be the new norm as everyone seemed to appreciate the photo opportunity.

The only thing I missed was Radio Le Mans which wasnít being broadcast around the circuit this year. The PA system was putting out a lot more in English than in previous years which was a great help.

The journey back to the tunnel was as trouble free as the journey down, again no hold ups in Rouen and the cows were still missing. No more than a dozen Brit cars on the way back. Check in and getting through British immigration was quite easy despite the computers at the terminal being down. Everything was done on iPads but only took about 15 minutes longer than normal. We even got a crossing an hour early due to lack of traffic.

I must admit that once I had decided to go I was a bit apprehensive about all the extra paperwork needed for the trip but in the end, with a bit of pre planning it was all pretty painless.

I know that in the past we have all had our gripes and moans about the ACO. Full marks to them for putting on the event despite all the restriction imposed on them. The organisation of the entry and exit procedure couldnít have been any less trouble. Likewise the PCR test facility, which enabled us to return home, was very well organised.

All in all I am so glad I decided to go and I must say I preferred it with the much reduced capacity.

Hopefully next year will be back to normal, but if itís got to be the same as this year donít be put off. With a little bit of planning it is possible.

7  Club Arnage / General Discussion / Re: Who, Where, When and What? (Or NOT??) 2021 on: August 13, 2021, 11:14:36 pm
Bleu Nord with Werner and Team Le Mans Zone. Thursday until sparrow fart on Monday. Gonna be a different one this year for sure, but hey, just happy to be going.
8  Club Arnage / Sell Or Swap / Re: 1 BN and 1 GE for sale on: August 12, 2021, 10:51:15 pm
Iíve messaged you Werner.
9  Club Arnage / Sell Or Swap / Re: 1 BN and 1 GE for sale on: August 12, 2021, 01:50:36 pm
Very tempted Werner. Iíll have a word
10  Club Arnage / General Discussion / Re: CA Discord Server on: August 18, 2020, 06:47:18 pm
Explanation please for us oldies.
11  Club Arnage / General Discussion / Re: Behind Closed Doors on: August 10, 2020, 04:33:02 pm
Not surprised and probably inevitable. Have amended my Sep 20 ferry booking to Jun 21, hopefully!
you might want to amend those dates again. The date for 2021 is 13th and 14th of June.
12  Club Arnage / General Discussion / Re: Roll call - September at Camp Carnage on BN on: June 30, 2020, 02:58:34 pm
Team Robbo will be there. Around 12 of us next  to you I presume.
13  Club Arnage / General Discussion / Re: The Concours of Elegance Quiz, presented by Car & Classic on: June 05, 2020, 09:48:28 pm
Scraped together 10 including a couple of guesses.
14  Club Arnage / General Discussion / Re: Spa WED 2020 - Camping locations? on: December 01, 2019, 10:30:25 am
Hi Mark. You are in for a treat, youíll love it. The views of the circuit are magnificent. The usual crew will be there again next year Jason, Woolley, Karl, Marius, Doris and a few others. We get there mid morning on the Friday and bail out on Sunday morning. We camp on car park 3 in the woods which is about 300 metres from the Eau Rouge entrance. The paddock is open to the public on the Friday for the autograph session. We usually watch the start at Eau Rouge and then wander of round the circuit, stopping at all the bars of course, and the watch the end from the bar above the pits, which is the Paddock Club for the F1 races. Great views from there. You are most welcome to join us if you decide to camp. Karl and Tom are both ex RAF and we would all benefit from them having a senior officer present to make them behave and act their age.
15  Club Arnage / General Discussion / Re: CA Flag on: November 24, 2019, 06:05:26 pm
Derek, how the the devil are you mate? Long time no see. Hope you are well mate.
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