Le Mans Blog
Thursday, June 9, 2011
As a first timer at the 24 Heures du Mans, I had a laundry list of places I wanted to visit and things to experience.
To begin, it was good I was not the one driving to the track because as soon as I got a glimpse of the facility, I couldn’t turn my head away. The pit structure stood five stories high with so many grandstands I couldn’t keep track of how many I saw and in the distance was the historical ferris wheel that I had seen so many times before in pictures. It was the best feeling to finally be here, in person!
My first stop: Registration. This large sphere shaped building with a very tall rounded ceiling was set up with several desks to help patrons’ receive their tickets. It sure is nice they know how to speak some English, because otherwise I would have been there awhile!
Sliding on my Le Mans lanyard and hard card, it was time to actually enter the facility. Cars were lined up all around to get into the famous racing circuit. They actually scan in each person and vehicle as you enter and leave the track, which makes the wait longer to get in but results in accurate attendance numbers.
Since I am the media geek of the Road Atlanta group, I have to talk about the media center. I was absolutely blown away by the amount of dedicated media and the space to accommodate such a crowd. The system as a whole was very organized and easy to figure out. And the view! The view over looking pit row and down the front straight is priceless. Every time you look up there are thousands of fans across track staring right back at you. What a sight!