The purpose of this thread is to gauge interest in this project, in particular to see if 1) anyone may be interested in any of the carskins or carsets as they are finished, and 2) to determine whether there is any current or potential track design activity or interest in the following tracks, all of which were historically relevant and an integral part of Formula 5000 racing:
Oran Park (1970s)
Shah Alam (Batu Tiga)
Thompson Speedway (road course)
As for the cars, I'm attaching screenshots of some of my work (these are just a few of the US or "Continental" F5000 cars from the 1970 season). I'll gladly share what I have, but my problem is the "how", as in "how" to go about doing it. This is not a mod. I don't have a magic button for you to press to patch your GPL.
No, I can't do substantial editing of car 3dos, and no, I don't have the world's latest and greatest CPU or graphics chip, nor do I use GEM or any of the carset changers (i.e., I have about a dozen different GPL installs on my machine) so I do this for my own usage requirements and enjoyment. I am using seven car 3dos to try to reflect an enormous number of car types and yes, I realize they are not authentic. Not trying to make anything to set the world ablaze or be 100% accurate. I'm trying to paint car exteriors so I can sim races. Having said that, I'd like the paint schemes to be as accurate as I can make them, and the cars to generally look like the cars that were being driven.
I can't make any mods or any installation packages to fit into a mod. What I CAN do if anyone does want these files is a) upload the carskins/wings/3dos and write step by step instructions as to how I "built" each carset, if anyone is interested in using these files to replicate what I did, but I cannot accept risk for not getting them to work with anyone else's GPL installation or screwing up an existing working GPL installation. That's at your own risk.
As I said, the carsets as I am using them are "stand alone" GPL installs, and I do not use GEM or any carset changer to switch between them. My GPL directory looks like this:
When I want to start any installation, I simply double click the gpl.exe in main c:\GPL\XXX\GPL path. To avoid causing problems with an existing GPL installation, if you are going to try setting up a carset to use one or more of these carsets, I would create a new installation of GPL with only the tracks you'd want to use for that particular series (i.e., for my "AGP"--Australian GP--GPL folder the only track I have installed is Surfers Paradise 68, as a substitute for Warwick Farm, which was actually used to run the GP in 1970. For my F5000US folder, I only have the "Can-Am" tracks such as Riverside, Laguna Seca, Edmonton, Mosport, St. Jovite, Donnybrooke, etc.--the same tracks the L&M Continental Series ran on in the late 60s and early 70s. Fortunately GPL has most of these tracks covered!)
If there's any interest in further developing this for..uh...mass consumption, I would be willing to turn it over to somebody else for further work, or assembling into a "patch" for convenience.
The cars for these sets have, by and large come from the 1969 mod (NOT the 1969 Extra mod, with a couple of exceptions). The Eagle, for example, came from the original 1969 mod, but uses a revised Eagle.3do I hexed with Paul Hoad's car editor to create a shape I liked better to represent the McLaren M10 F5000 car. Before releasing anything, I would compile specific notes about where I found what specific files, and include anything I created myself, to facilitate any efforts to use the cars.
As for the sets themselves, I am slowly finishing them, as I am able to find source material (i.e., good color photos). That is not easy.
The 1970 Australian GP set is done, at least to the point where I am happy with it. I took a couple of creative liberties. No, John Harvey didn't race in the AGP in 1970, for example, but I included him in the set, in his 1971 Brabham livery. I also included Tony Stewart in his 1971 livery. I have what is in effect a semi-fictional "1970-1" Australian F1/Gold Star set (there was no F5000 in the Australian NC until 1971, though Australia had adopted F5000 for Tasman races and the GP and had allowed 5.0 litre cars in F1 races in 1970) which is 90% done. I have a New Zealand Gold Star set for 1969-1970 which is about 50-60% done, a UK/European F5000 set for 1970 that's in the neighborhood of 85-90% done, a US F5000/Continental Series set for 1970 (with one or two '69 cars) that's about 99% done, a "Southeast Asian Formula Libre" set for cars that ran races such as the Japan GP, Singapore GP, Malaysian GP, and GP of Macau, which is about two thirds done. And I have two Tasman sets for 1970, one for the NZ portion, one for the Australian portion, which are both somewhere in the 50% stage.