Le Mans Classic visit with no spare?

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BERTIE
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Hi.  Planning on camping for a few days in July for the Le Mans Classic.  In Healey Mk III so little room for tent and associated paraphernalia.  As a result I am considering leaving my spare (which takes up most of the boot) behind but I have been advised that it is illegal to travel without a spare in France.  Anyone got any idea of the penalties if one is caught?  Is it likely that it would be a problem?

BERTIE

nutta29
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bertie,

what you could do, is take all the necessary bits for the car, spare wheel, high vis jackets, tools etc etc and buy a cheap tent when you get toLe Mans. There is a huge Carrefour in Le Mans, it's pretty much a Hyper market, and it sells virtually everything! they definately have cheap tents, sleeping bags, camping stoves BBQ's etc along with the usual stuff you'd find in a big supermarket over here.

the only thing with this approach is that it could be a risky one, as there might be loads of people thinking the same thing! 

 

good luck!

Speedangel
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I agree with Nutta29, Very risky strategy I would have thought and you could end up paying a high fine and probably go on record. French police are very strict and I saw many of them on my way to Germany, South of France and Belgium. It is also a long drive and if something happens (Touch wood it won't) you would be thankful to have a spare in your car. Better not risk it mate, I am also driving to Le Mans and I do quite a few road trip during the year, therefore I always essential stuffs in my boot, even if I have to put my dog on the roof!! lol :)

take Nutta29 advioce, you can definitely buy a cheap tent at Carrefour, they normally have some pretty good ones at reasonable prices

best

SA

PaulJ
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Why not take an inflator can instead of the spare.  That's all my Cayman R has, so It can't be illegal, can it?

BERTIE
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Thanks for your comments guys.  Paul, I had considered taking a can and I think you have a good case as yours is original equipment, but I'm not sure I would be quite so lucky if they sussed me!

The tent idea is out I'm afraid cos I've just spent eighty quid on a second hand one.  (plus I'm such a tightwad that I couldn't bring myself to leave one behind).

Think I might have a practice pack with everything I absolutely must have and let that make the decision for me.  I do have a small boot rack, but I don't want to load that up very high or I will lose my rearward vision.  My quarterlight mirror is a waste of space.

Can't wait to set off though.  See you there nutta!

 

Thanks again.

 

 

BERTIE

Speedangel
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Fair enough Bertie! let us know how it goes for you. I am also going there by car (Saloon) so I might have a bit of space if needed. Can't confirm yet though.

See you there guys