Eight things to do at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is an incredible event, unlike any other motor race on the planet. If you’re a first-time visitor, it can be slightly daunting faced with nearly 250,000 other race goers so we’ve put together this quick guide of the eight things you should try and do before and during the race itself.
And don’t worry, if you don’t tick them all off, we’re sure you’ll be back again next year…
1) Ride on the ferris wheel
It’s a landmark of the Le Mans scenery. Previously situated after the Dunlop Curve, the fairground is now found on the outside of the Ford Chicane. The big wheel provides incredible panoramas over the track, especially during Saturday night.
2) Stay up all night
Opinions differ on this subject but, for hardcore fans, the decision is unanimous. If you want to keep abreast of all the action, and make the most of the night time running, you need to keep your eyes open around the clock.
3) Cheer on Porsche
This one sounds obvious but you’ll find that the majority of the 250,000+ fans have come supporting one team or another. As a Total 911 reader, we’re expecting you to cheer for the Porsche cause, particularly the no. 19 919 Hybrid of Nick Tandy.
4) Head to Arnage
Although it is one of the slowest corners on the track, Arnage gives you a chance to get really close to the cars at a point when they are working very hard to slow down. Expect glowing brakes and plenty of mistakes, though you will need to head out of the main spectactor viewing area to reach it.
5) Try the Merguez sausage
Whether you have brought food with you or not, you will get hungry. So, forgo the plethora of overpriced outlets and head to Tertre Rouge to find the stall selling Merguez sausage and frites. For less than €5 you’ll warm yourself up with this incredible French delicacy.
6) Get to the drivers parade
On the Friday before the race, between 5:30pm and 7:30pm, head to the centre of Le Mans for the annual drivers parade for a chance to see Porsche’s latest heroes and grab an autograph. It’s best to get there early though as 100,000+ people will be lining the streets.
7) Watch the support races
With the 24 Hours of Le Mans kicking off at 3:00pm local time, you’d be forgiven for getting up late (especially if you plan to do number 2). However, the support races on Saturday morning are a must see if you want to see some historic Porsche metal in anger.
8) Invade the track
No, we’re not encouraging you to be irresponsible during the race. Instead, after the chequered flag has fallen on Sunday afternoon, the barriers along the start straight are usually opened, allowing fans to flood the track and watch the podium celebrations.