So after months of planning it’s now only a few days until I pack up for the Le Mans 24H 2015 test day on the 31st of May, the media pack has arrived. Now I know where I need to be and when I need to be there. The count down has begun, after many years of pressing my camera to the fence and straining to find the best angle without breaking my neck perching high on the fences, I will be able to get the angles I have craved for, get the shots I have dreamed of, and who knows, be in the right place at the right time with the right camera/lens combination to get ‘That shot.’
Last year I missed out on accreditation but still managed to get usable shots thanks to a little bit of local knowledge and help from a French friend, who unlocked the power of the ‘shrug’ to get to places that perhaps you shouldn’t. With training I can now shrug and dismiss authority like a native Frenchman.
I am excited to see what a difference having official accreditation for theLe Mans 24H 2015 will have on getting around, and how I will manage the logistics of two trips to Le Mans in a matter of days, (too long to stay on in between, and too short to come back, but business is business). The logistics of getting all the paper work and passes sorted, parking, media shuttles stopping places, sorting lockers, a desk in the media centre, food and drink, wi-fi, what to pack, what to wear “It always rains at Le Mans” because last year was a scorcher and it still rained, getting enough sleep to face the 40-hour or so marathon at the end of the week…oh, and taking some snaps along the way.
Written by: John Mountney