A few weeks ago the latest Gumbaw trip took place (if you haven’t heard of the Gumbaw trips then have a look here) which saw 6 of us head off to Le Mans for the famous 24 hour endurance race. The journey there was uneventful until we arrived on the Thursday evening and hit a huge traffic jam as everyone was filtering into the circuit… but hey at least there were plenty of cool cars to look while we waited! What seemed like hours later (and a good test of the cars cooling systems!) we got to the campsite and managed to see the last bit of qualifying to put us in the mood for the weekend.
There’s no racing on the Friday but it was a good opportunity to have a wander round the circuit, look round the pits and head into Le Mans town for the driver parade. The town was packed with crowds lining with streets and a great atmosphere as the drivers went past in a variety of classic and super cars, giving out freebies, signing autographs etc with Mark Webber getting the biggest cheer!
Saturday is all about the main event which kicked off at 3pm. A heavy rain storm shortly after the start made things interesting with a couple of crashes and the safety car sent out. It soon dried up and it remained dry for the rest of the weekend which makes a big difference with an event like this. Seeing the cars racing at night is awesome and then when you wake up in the morning and they’re still going it brings home how crazy racing for 24 hours is, given how hard it must be on the cars I’m amazed any of them finish!
It was a great weekend (apart from the lack of sleep!) and afterwards a few of us extended the trip and heading down to the south of France and back up through the Alps – I’ll do a write up of that soon. Here’s a video of the weekend to give you a flavour and there’s already talk of possible ideas for a Gumbaw 2015 trip so if you fancy a euro hoon join in the discussions on the forums