Planning a trip to le Mans?
In most years a group of V8 enthusiasts has gone to this annual sportscar endurance race at le Mans. It's an event that combines a sense of expedition, an opportunity to drive on some relatively uncluttered French roads, the enjoyment of good food and wine, and of course spectating the race! Here we provide a guide to planning your trip and finding your way around when you are there. The dates for 2015 are 13th and 14th June. Ticket information

When is the event held?
The event is usually held over the weekend closest to the longest day in June. Practice is held over several days during the week leading up to the race at the weekend, but do note there is no practice on the Friday. The race starts at 3pm on Saturday afternoon and the chequered flag comes out at 3pm on Sunday afternoon when the weary drivers gladly throttle back after more than 3,000 miles round the 13.6 km circuit. It is not only an endurance event for the competitors and their cars but also for the spectators too because ambient noise levels are high and you are on your feet a great deal watching a 24 hour motor race in all weathers! But there are many compensations - good company and above all good food, and the joie de vivre of being in France with the long hours of daylight in June. So what are the key points to bear in mind if you are planning to go to the event? Guide, circuit layout & ticket office guide