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ca_guide:campsites-general-info [2015/03/30 23:51]
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ca_guide:campsites-general-info [2015/07/09 14:41] (current)
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Camping Bleu is located just outside the circuit opposite the Maison Blanche entrance. Entry to Bleu Sud and Bleu Nord is on the junction of Boulevard des Italiens and Route de la Heronniere. Camping Bleu is divided into two main areas: Camping Bleu is located just outside the circuit opposite the Maison Blanche entrance. Entry to Bleu Sud and Bleu Nord is on the junction of Boulevard des Italiens and Route de la Heronniere. Camping Bleu is divided into two main areas:
-**Bleu Sud**: This is the smaller part of Bleu and is next to Boulevard des Italiens, running alongside the road where “Mad Friday” activities have tended to take place. The site is mostly grass and is generally flat and quite good for getting tent pegs in. There are one or two areas of slab concrete and a gravel road runs right around the site which can kick up a lot of dust in a dry year. There are a few big trees for shade. In 2008 pitches were numbered and pegged out, but this was not consistently enforced. +**Bleu Sud**: This is the smaller part of Bleu and is next to Boulevard des Italiens, running alongside the road where “Mad Friday” activities have tended to take place in the past, although these seem to have moved elsewhere in recent years. The site is mostly grass and is generally flat and quite good for getting tent pegs in. There are one or two areas of slab concrete and a gravel road runs right around the site which can kick up a lot of dust in a dry year. There are a few big trees for shade. In 2008 pitches were numbered and pegged out, but this was not consistently enforced.
There is one toilet block, in 2008 there were no showers but according to the latest brochure for 2009 showers will be available now. Water standpipes (7 x double taps) are located running down through the centre of the site. The taps are on timers where you press the tap and get a measured amount of water. There is no opportunity to attach hoses to the standpipes, unless you bring a plumbing tool kit! There is one toilet block, in 2008 there were no showers but according to the latest brochure for 2009 showers will be available now. Water standpipes (7 x double taps) are located running down through the centre of the site. The taps are on timers where you press the tap and get a measured amount of water. There is no opportunity to attach hoses to the standpipes, unless you bring a plumbing tool kit!
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In 2008 a large area at one end of Bleu Sud was fenced off for the Lotus 7 Club. They had a self contained encampment with their own showers, toilets, music and catering facilities. In 2008 a large area at one end of Bleu Sud was fenced off for the Lotus 7 Club. They had a self contained encampment with their own showers, toilets, music and catering facilities.
-**Bleu Nord**: This is a very large site located between Parking Bleu and the perimeter of the Airport. The site is grassed but there are some big pot holes and dips that make some of the pitches difficult to use and hazardous walking back to your tent in the dark. The ground is generally good for tent pegging, but some areas are very sandy and don’t hold well. There are a few trees alongside the road, but the majority of the site is wide open. The pitches are numbered and marked and this is generally enforced . +**Bleu Nord**: This is a very large site located between Parking Bleu and the perimeter of the Airport and has become increasingly popular with CAers since the gradual shrinking of Maison Blanche. The site is grassed but there are some big pot holes and dips that make some of the pitches difficult to use and hazardous walking back to your tent in the dark. The ground is generally good for tent pegging, but some areas are very sandy and don’t hold well, although the ground drains well if it rains! There are a few trees alongside the road on the southern side, but the majority of the site is clear ground. The pitches are numbered and marked and this is generally enforced; the numbering system can be confusing, but there are generally guides on bicycles at the accueil who will show you to your pitch when you arrive. Avoid driving over any bare patches of burnt ground on the pitches as you arrive - the site gets used for the bike races earlier in the year, and these patches will generally have been created by burning pallets - so check before driving over them and clear them of nails etc before driving over them or pitching on them; similarly, check first for broken glass as well.
-Most of the site is set out in double rows with access roads in between, so there is not so much opportunity for large groups to set up a block area. Shower and toilet facilities are adequate for the number of people on the site, but you can expect queues at peak times. One toilet block (no showers) is located near the entrance at Route de la Heronniere, this block was not open in the early part of the week. The main toilet block and shower units could be found towards the middle of the site with one water standpipe.+Most of the site is set out in double rows with access roads in between, which double up as fire breaks/access for site and emergency services, so don't spill out over your pitch onto them. Larger groups booked onto adjacent pitches/rows will need to keep these lanes clear. The centre of the site has a large fenced, controlled enclosure, within it which is the 1st Tickets/Pistonheads site. Shower, toilet and water standpipe facilities are located near the middle of the site and near the site entrance; they are just about adequate for the number of people on the site, but you can expect queues at peak times and pretty much at all times from Friday evening onwards.
-Both Sud and Nord are very open sites and the lack of security and theft from tents and pitches have been a big problem over the last couple of years. On the upside, access to and from the sites is generally good throughout the week, apart from leading up to the start of the race and shortly after the finish. You might want to take care in this area on Mad Friday when it is possible to find yourself swept up in the burn out activities, whether you want to or not! Route de la Heronniere acts as a short cut to Arnage village and the Super U. This road was closed to cars during the race, but could still be used on foot or bicycle (2.4km/1.5 miles approx Bleu to Super U).+Bleu Sud is fenced, but Nord is a very open site, so theft from tents and pitches can be a problem, particularly on the latter; howevet, taking normal, sensible precautions (such as not leaving attractive items out on show, not leaving kit in tent entrances or at the sides of the bedroom compartments, locking any valuables in cars etc) will keep your stuff protected and in your possession. Access to and from the sites and into the circuit is generally good throughout the week, apart from the few hours before the start of the race and shortly after the finish. Route de la Heronniere acts as a good short cut to Arnage village and the Super U, and into Le Mans during the week; although it is closed to cars during qualifying sessions and the race, it can still be used on foot or bicycle (2.4km/1.5 miles approx from Bleu to Super U).
-Bleu attracts a very international crowd with race fans from all continent and set ups ranging from the highly sophisticated to the French family sleeping in their old Renault estate. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed and easy going. In the past it has not tended to be particularly noisy but all that has changed a little since it became be the main site for the Club Arnage crowd in 2009.+Bleu attracts a very international crowd with race fans from across the continents and set ups ranging from the highly sophisticated to the French family sleeping in their old Renault estate. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed and easy going. In the past it has not tended to be particularly noisy but that has changed a little at the northern end of the site since it became one of the main sites for the Club Arnage crowd in 2009!
**Parking Heronniere**: This is a small field behind Bleu Sud and although it is officially designated as a car park it seems to have evolved into a bit of an overflow area for Bleu or an unofficial campsite in its own right. There are no facilities at all in this field. **Parking Heronniere**: This is a small field behind Bleu Sud and although it is officially designated as a car park it seems to have evolved into a bit of an overflow area for Bleu or an unofficial campsite in its own right. There are no facilities at all in this field.
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-  * Ticket:60 € (2012+  * Tickets booked direct with the ACO - 70€, or 55€ at ACO members discount rate (2015
-  * Temporary showers & toilet blocks+  * Temporary showers & toilet blocks
  * For cars and camper vans   * For cars and camper vans
  * Numbered pitches   * Numbered pitches
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-Security: In 2011 there were several confirmed reports about theft - so don't leave anything valuable in your tent. 
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