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The Automobile Club de l'Ouest founded the famous 24 hour race and the incredible Circuit de la Sarthe on the 24 January 1906.

This historic event was first won by Francois Szisz in the innovative 90 bhp shaft drive 1906 Renault at an average speed of 62.88 mph over 769.3 miles. When attending a circuit the size of the 'Circuit des 24 hours' visitors are eager to find the perfect spot to view the race. Try several vantage points then decide which provides the best view for you and your friends.

From the UK the ferry provides the shortest driving route to Caen then down through Falaise and Alencon. Le Havre Dieppe and Cherboug are also closer by road than Calais. For comparison, the 260 miles (415Km) from Calais will take about five hours. The Caen journey will take about two and a half hours, Le Havre three, Dieppe three and a half and Cherbourg four. Stops for some good French food and enjoying the scenery could add some extra time.

The "circuit of the 24 hours" is situated just south of the city of Le Mans, the capital of the region of La Sarthe. The first motor race at Le Mans was the Grand Prix of the Auto Club De France on 26/27th June 1906. However this did not take place on the present circuit. It took place on a vast 60 mile, triangular course to the east of the city passing through the eastern boundaries of Le Mans and La Ferte Bernard in the north and St Calais to the south. Food and drink on the circuit is quite expensive, unless you are on a'package dea' and can make use of the hospitality tents. Another option is to take your own - sample the excellent baguettes and liquid refreshments always in great supply in France.

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There are many restaurants close to the circuit, and a couple almost on it! The 'Restaurant des Hunandieres' is about two thirds of the way down the first segment of the Mulsanne straight. You can eat and experience cars flashing past only about ten feet away behind a chain link fence. Would highly recommend booking early for that all important ring side seat!

Nightlife at Le Mans is varied and colourful. A visit to the fun-fair down past the Dunlop bridge where the rides look lethal and the adult show tents what one would expect are just a small part of what is on offer. Look out for the wall-of-death motorcycle display.