Le Mans 2014 - Ayse's Story
Page 15 - Sunday
Off to Arnage and Mulsanne - The Camera Stayed Warmer Than Me.....
The trip out to Arnage was pretty straight-forward and we got there at about 1.30 am and managed to park in the first (and closest) car park. It came as no surprise this year with the bumper crowd that the enclosure was still very busy even at nearly 2 am. We already knew that both Allon and Nane were going to grab a little sleep at this point and so we left them to do just that in the cars.
All three of us armed ourselves with a folding chair - I was already hooked on them; I knew how tiring it gets just standing on that banking for several hours during the night. And it was cold - really very cold. As far as I was concerned, I thought it was as cold there at Arnage this year as it had been three years previously - the night that I'd always considered to be the coldest I'd ever experienced at Le Mans.
And so to one of the strangest aspects of this year's Le Mans, which will starting to become evident at this point. Where are the photographs, I hear you ask.....? Well there are no shots - at all - from Arnage and Indianapolis (or later at Mulsanne). I'm not sure if it was just because I was so cold or that I was keen to concentrate on the video camera this year but I just didn't get the camera out at all between leaving T17 and returning to the circuit much later in the morning.
The race continued of course and it just seemed to get colder and colder, so much so that there was never any prospect of us dozing in our chairs. In fact all three of us were periodically getting up and jogging on the spot to try and stay warm. I had even taken out my very thin 'Jack-in-a Pack' waterproof coat and put that on, just for the sake of having another layer of insulation against the cold, although it made little difference. A warming cup of hot chocolate did bring some respite, albeit very briefly.