2014 Le Mans, a real winner

I have linked in to my flickr file, some fun from 2007 – 2009, the early years of my pilgrimage. After a year off in 2010, we returned for back to back fun in 2011-2014, and of course we will be back in 2015, for all the fun of the fair.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/broady964/sets/72157625652140217/

Le Mans, June 2014 was a real winner of a trip this year. Sadly not for Porsche, but very much so for us, a bunch of car nuts who enjoy the recreational side of a fun camping weekend as much as the serious business of world endurance racing.

Original Porsche 550 Spyder at Le Mans 2014
Original Porsche 550 Spyder at Le Mans 2014

 

The highlights this year were probably Duncan’s amazing cigar smoking prowess, the crazy electric storm, downpour and carnage in the champagne tent only minutes into the race, and for me, the beautiful display of previous winning cars in the fantastic Porsche tent – sadly not to be joined by the 2014 919 Hybrid car which showed so much promise until the final few hours on Sunday.

As promised weeks ago, I have added some Porsche pictures from the archive, to remind us of what an epic weekend this truly was in 2014.

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We come to the end of the year, and we look back at the special moments, Le Mans 2014 was certainly one of those!

Beautiful Ripon

We have been camping again, following a great trip to Lightwater Valley while the tour was on, we have now returned and camped at Woodhouse Valley Farm, near Grantley, Ripon. It looked close by on the map, but needed an extreme off road cross-country expedition to find!

Yummy
Yummy

The purpose of these trips has been to get in with the locals and find where to potentially buy a house – and finally move back to Yorkshire.

Getting a good breakfast is key to the camping experience!
Getting a good breakfast is key to the camping experience!

So what better way to get back into the swing of things, than to pitch up a small tent, get out your folding table and fry up some bacon and eggs, while reading the Ripon Gazette

Once you have had five coffees and the first roll-up of the day, then clearly it is time to pack up, get out and do battle – and that means heading into town on two wheels or four, the choice is yours.

Ripon is a city with an amazing cathedral and a propper working market square, the centre for all commercial and social activity. There is always something going on, a band playing, a fair, a market, or a protest or celebration of some sort.

Better grab a sausage roll from Greggs and a coffee from Costa, and just sit back and do some people watching.

Ripon Brass Band playing in the market square
Ripon Brass Band playing in the market square

On seperate weekends in June and July we have found ourselves caught up in both the Armed Forces Day and the festival of St. Wilfred, founder of the cathedral, when he and his monks are paraded through Ripon town centre, followed by an array of floats, bands and local dignatories.

I will upload some pictures at a later date.