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#141 CocoPops

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 07:13 AM

Better start packing I suppose!

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 03:15 PM

Glamping in Muchedent at the moment. 😎

Weather looking iffy for Magny😮

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 06:40 PM

It looks refreshing!

It is so hot here in le mans guys. I just stepped out the hotel to go eat, felt how hot it still was and went back in. Posted Image

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 11:11 PM

All packed and ready to go.

Been so busy with work I've not had chance to get excited about the trip but I'm in full holiday mode now!

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 01:17 PM

Just got home. Am I first? 😀

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 01:18 PM

Nope, got home at 2am



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Posted 10 August 2018 - 01:25 PM

We're in the queue for the tunnel, Chris is about an hour behind us

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 05:13 PM

Absolutely fantastic trip with some great friends.

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 05:24 PM

I was tempted to ask you to put the kettle on, delays on the M4 meant we are now heading towards the Newberry bypass...

9pm eta - grrr

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:18 AM

had a 1 hour delay getting into Dover ferry port , but we were already on the 3 hour earlier ferry , so got home in the evening

 

followed a black evora home upto paris

 

just one stop for fuel

 

roads were flooded coming out of Dover and up the motorway 



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Posted 11 August 2018 - 01:40 PM

We took the long way home and had lunch at Reims.

A historic track, with below pitbuilding at the side of a public road.

As you can imagine, a very popular photo location :happy:

 

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 07:06 AM

That was my first, so I better make the last!  Not a great trip for the VX, out of seven UK cars, two have been carried back.  Mine suffered in the heat of Le Mans (35 degrees) although not so much at the slightly hotter Dijon.

 

I wouldn't go out of my way to return to Magny Cours, but Dijon Prenois is a fantastic circuit and Le Mans will always be worth it for the aura.

 

Lots of driving, good people and great fun.  See you next time!



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Posted 13 August 2018 - 10:16 AM

Interesting, I’d put Magny-Cours first, Dijon second and Le Mans last.
Le Mans just felt too clinical, too sterile.
Magny-Cours was wet to start and I loved it, absolutely loved the direction changes of the chicanes.

Already booked into next years “final frolic”.

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 11:12 AM

Driving in France checklist

Here’s everything you need to carry with you when driving in France and a couple of things to leave at home  

  • • Full and valid driver’s licence
  • • V5C
  • • Proof of Insurance
  • • Passport/national ID
  • • Two NF certified breathalysers *
  • • Reflective jackets for all passengers
  • • Warning triangles
  • • Headlamp beam deflectors
  • • GB sticker (non GB-euro symbol plates only)
  • • No speed camera detectors or sat-navs with camera locations

breathalyser kit is also required, but as of January 2013, the French government announced that the fine for not having an unused alcohol testing in the car had been postponed indefinitely. In other words, you should carry a breathalyser, but you won't be fined if you're found not to have one.

 

Perhaps I should have read this list before setting off...



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Posted 13 August 2018 - 11:13 AM

Absolutely fantastic trip with some great friends.

^ :yeahthat: 

 

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 08:02 PM

Frolic19 booked and paid.

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 08:15 PM

Frolic19 booked and paid.

👍👍

Chalons-en-Champagne is a good overnight point if you make the drive.
To tunnel (2hrs?) then 2.5 hours to Chalons-en-Champagne followed by 5.5 hours next day to Orange.
Need to factor in the toll charge though.

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 02:06 PM

Jules and I stayed in a fabulous chambre d'hote in Clermont-les-Fermes last year - would happily go back there.

 

 



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Posted 14 August 2018 - 02:19 PM

not sure if I can find the budget for next year , its the amount of travel involved that gets to you







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