I’m back for my 33rd visit to Le Mans this year, but I'm still on the very long waiting list for a room at the Hotel de France in La Chartre sur le Loir, as its virtually impossible to get one unless you are a famous endurance racing personality. I've stayed there many times outside of the race week and its fantastic, and I’m sure it needs no introduction, being the AM team base discovered by John Wyer in the 1950’s and the venue for many AMOC events over the years.
As a solution, during a visit last year my wife and I purchased part of the Cheval Blanc building directly opposite the hotel. This was also a hotel up until the end of the last century, and was the place where several of the post-race AM parties were held in the 1950's, including the infamous drinking competition in 1958 after all the cars retired during the night and the team went to drown their sorrows!
For the first time this year, we are able to offer fellow AMOC members the rental of a well equipped private apartment on the 2nd floor during race week, which sleeps up to 4 and has a fabulous grandstand view of the hotel and all the cars, personalities and action in the square below.
You can now eat, drink and mingle with these famous drivers and other personalities past and present this year without the long wait for a room! If this sounds of interest, please look at our ad for "Maison des Pilotes du Mans" in February's AM News or visit our website:
"Racing is life; everything that happens before or after is just waiting."
Frank H. Area 14 (Norfolk) and Le Mans, France.