9am on a cloudy Saturday morning in Paris. Just three hours to get to Le Mans.

It’s a 120 mile journey, with a 2.5 hour drive time on a good day – and the Saturday of Le Mans weekend is not a good day to be travelling to the Circuit de la Sarthe. The 250,000 expected visitors to the 90th anniversary of Le Mans are likely to all arrive together. And Google Maps offers one word. Gridlock.

No chance of making up time en route, either, because the gendarmes are well aware of what’s going on. Twitter reveals many stories of over-zealous Brits getting pulled over.