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Chateau Chanteloup

Chateau Chanteloup is a beautiful campsite in rural France, set on the outskirts of Sille le Phillipe and handily situated for the annual pilgramage to the 24hr sports car race at Le Mans.

The real winner

The real winner, campsite bar in background.
1926 Bentley 3 Litre


Welcome at Château de Chanteloup

Chanteloup is located in the middle of a typical French countryside where you will profit from a remarkable site and a preserved environment. 20 hectares of meadows and wood, water spots and lawns where no recent buildings disturb this perfect ordinance.


We have been to this campsite for eight out of the last ten trips to Le Mans – and every year, Dominique adds something new and improves on perfection.

Each year also, we manage to add on motoring exotica to match the surroundings. 2015 was no different, the mixture of Bentley, Porsche, Ferrari, Mclaren, Jaguar and TVR to our tented village made it a special year indeed!

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You will go for a walk or for a ride on the paths of the park. You will be able to fish and canoe on the pond with the small boats placed gracefully at your disposal. The in love ones with cars will go to the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans track and will visit its Museum impossible to circumvent.

Chanteloup is in limit of the Pole Resident of Sarthe, recognized Regional Tourist Pôle and which profits from the label “Country of art and history”. From Chanteloup you will leave to discovered the strengthened churches and castels. You will discover the Ferté-Bernard called “Venice of the West” or Montmirail, which is classified as “small city of character”.

The history of Chanteloup

The history of Chanteloup goes back to 1400 even if the two main buildings date respectively from 1815 regarding the Castle, and 15th and 19th centuries for the “Orangery” (the building close to the pond).

As far as the Castle is concerned, it was built in 1850 by the Viscountess Ogier d’Ivry who had two sons but only one castle. She thus built Chanteloup for her second son. The manor house is from a Classic Style, Louis the XVI’s time. The mansion remains pleasant to live and particularly during the family celebrations.

The Souffront family acquired Chanteloup in 1960 with its park of 20 hectares as a second home, and started the campsite business in 1974. Before this activity, the outbuildings were used as a farm with cows, pigs, pheasants and chickens. The 5 lodgings fitted out in the Old Orangerie and the farm buildings have been progessivley constructed between 1995 and 2004. Throughout the year, three persons are working full-time to maintain the park and the buildingds.

Dominique Souffront, the manager of the family business-, the family members and all the staff will be happy to welcome you  and will do their utmost to make your stay a most enjoyable one.


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.


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!

Le Mans and the Nissan Note, June 2007

Le Mans is one of my favourite places.

DSCN3621A city in France, located on the Sarthe River, traditionally the capital of the province of Maine, it is the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Le Mans and part of the Pays de la Loire region.

Le Mans has been host to the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race since 1923. And that is why we come back every year.


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2007 was my initial outing, setting off in my treasured Porsche 964, but arriving in the mighty Nissan Note.

The end of the line - 80 miles north of Dover

Sadly the Porker fell to bits 80 miles north of Dover.

DSCN3688Failing to get there was not an option, a Nissan Note was hired and the Porsche went off to Porsche Centre Colchester where a new alternator and fan was fitted under warrantly – it has to be noted that after this dismal display 4 months into ownership, this car behaved itself for a further seven years and 25,000 miles, surviving a further five trips to Le Mans.

DSCN3566This trip was to be my introduction to camping at Chateau de Chanteloup, a tranquil camp site 15 km away from the noise of the circuit at Sille-le-Phillippe.

Stuffed with car nuts and a very late opening bar, this amazing venue is always very busy at Le Mans 24 weekend in June, being the home to some beautiful machinery and run by a top chap; Dominique Souffront, and his team. http://en.chateau-de-chanteloup.com/


The sports car show on Friday night before the race is always good fun.

DSCN3534The race itself was an overall win for Audi, ahead of two Peugeot’s – a wet affair that was no fun to watch after my beloved Flyling Lizard Porsches in 911 RSR’s had gone out, leaving Aston Martin to win in GT1


Its not always beer and sunshine, sometimes its beer and rain…


This Audi R10 #2 with a certain Mr McNish at the wheel was to set the fastest lap but drop out after 262 laps, its stable mate Audi R10 #1 taking overall victory, completing 369 laps crossing the line with Frank Biela at the wheel.

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If you love motorsport, you should go here; if you don’t, you should still go at least once. This is a special place for a crazy weekend of noise, fun and sport.

I will be returning to Le Mans every year, and a lot of fun will be had.

The photos will get better, I promise – this first year was I think all recorded on a small Leica C-LUX 2, I will return with a Nikon D200 in 2008.