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#21 David Wright Lo67

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Posted Sep 20 2013 - 07:28 AM

I suppose you could say games have more than one birthday.  The day they go "gold" - files are frozen and the game is sent for manufacture and distribution by the publisher- and the release date, which will vary around the world.  We may have passed the gone gold birthday, but I suspect the release date birthday is still come.  From a customer/user point of view, the release date is arguably the most relevant birthday.

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Posted Sep 20 2013 - 08:29 AM

I subscribed to a mag called "Computer Gaming World".  At some point they shipped the mag in a celophane bag with a disk full of game demos and stuff.  In 1998 I installed a demo for GPL.  My PC at the time was a 80386 / 20MHz home-built.  On entering a GP car all I got was a very, very slow 'slide show' of a low-res car in the pits.

Three years later and cut to my next machine, a Pentium I / 1GHz and I was able to run GPL and fell in love.

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Posted Sep 21 2013 - 08:17 AM

my brother told me to came to the next Carrefour hypermarket store to find gifts to offer for Christmas 2000 . We were wandering between the long and large alleys without any ideas in mind.
  We crossed the video game area by inadvertance, not playing any , and not interested at all .
  Suddenly, my eyes got trapped  by a red ferrari F1 car on a big white box .It was impossible to miss it, because they built a kind of babel tower presentation of only GPL boxes (40 or 50 boxes together). Four Wheel Draft book included. Later, I learned that Sierra decided to sell already the great game in  a "nice price" second edition.

  Having only a 200 Mhz Pentium PC at that time, the game cld install, but with no GFX cldn't get it to run . But by total happy coincidence, I was living with a girl that got a Packard Bell with a 600 mhz Pentium II and a 3DFX video card ! Got immediatly a Logitech Wingman formula Force ( still quite new on the box, because was soon replaced by a Speedway)

   For our common misfortune, because it was later a cause of making her angry,and of resentment, I installed it on her PC.

   It was largely enough to get the game running smoothly at 36 fps in 1280 X 1024 . But she didn't get a web connection, so that 's only mid 2001 that I discovered Legend Central and all the online GPL world, when I upgraded to a new PC at home. Maybe it is forgotten now, but a  3DFX gave a very sharpy and beautiful 3D rendering, with only 600 mhz.And no need to tweak something in the game.

  I can say GPL changed manys hours of my life since, that wld have been occupied by others activities.... a lot less rewarding, for sure !!!  From a distance,don 't regret at all that GPL put a little contribution to a girlfriend loss.

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Posted Sep 21 2013 - 09:16 AM

I think  it was about 1998/99 I got my first computer from PC World, and bought GPL soon after that, if not the same time. That was all there was, no four wheel drift or book. I downloaded those last year.All I ever drove was in the novice mode for years. I was unwell in 2007, and not having much to do I was trawling the net looking for motor racing sites and found SRMZ. I know that I've mentioned before that this helped me get through my illness. I found that the 1965 cars were the cars I could drive, the rest because of the speed made me dizzy. I drove the track promotion in 2011 and got a lot of advice and help from Saiph, Sven and others with regard to set ups. John Woods also helped me a great deal with set ups and advice. I'm slowly getting quicker and am trying to get onto all the mods ranking.

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Posted Sep 21 2013 - 10:37 AM

Glad you are getting better Andy!! Almost the same happened to me back in May 2001 (accute myocardial infarction that was worked out by the MDs, fortunately), and GPL helped me a lot to keep my mind busy with this hobby. Much cheaper than a shrink for sure ;)

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Posted Sep 21 2013 - 01:52 PM

View PostRemy, on Sep 19 2013 - 12:38 PM, said:

I bought it in november 1998 before my first computer which cam for Xmas, 15 years of passion and many more to come :)

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Reminds me of my situation back in 1998, no PC, but love of first sight with GPL. I Had to use the PC of my girlfriend to spin my first laps, always at night...First track I ever tried was Watkins Glen and after 15 years it's still a mystery for me being fast there.

GPL was my first racing sim and still is my only serious racing sim!

To the next 15 years :partytime:

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Posted Sep 21 2013 - 09:33 PM

I remember the downloadable demo was available a few months before the Australian release, it included the Brabham and Watkins Glen, maybe Monza as well ? In any case you couldn't change the setup on the car and was horrible to drive around the Glen ! Didn't stop the usual aliens (ex - Indycar Racing 2) to get some quick times, into the 1:06's I recall.

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Posted Sep 22 2013 - 02:29 AM

View PostArturo Pereira, on Sep 21 2013 - 10:37 AM, said:

Glad you are getting better Andy!! Almost the same happened to me back in May 2001 (accute myocardial infarction that was worked out by the MDs, fortunately), and GPL helped me a lot to keep my mind busy with this hobby. Much cheaper than a shrink for sure ;)
This website is still the first I read every day. There was someone else that had a similar problem as us, I hope that they are doing as well as us. I get Motor Sport monthly and the author Christopher Hilton was asking for photographs. His books really helped me as well. We had some interesting conversations before he passed away.

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Posted Sep 22 2013 - 05:00 AM

I was hooked with GPL from the start, but after I had that problema it helped me in other ways. Soon I was involved with 4 or 5 other guys with the idea of developing a mod for GPL, back in 2003. We opened a Yahoo email list and we went for it. The names were Paul Thurston, Richard Cooke, Phil Flack, John W. King and I think Bob Berman was also there from the beginning. Soon we got help from the GPLEA guys and many many other helpful gentlemen. The list would be huge. The developement of the 1965 F1 mod made me contact Dough Nye, who gave us a lot of informaiton about those years, and also from the 1950s.
I was a bit burned out in the ast 2 year, but I am involved with the GPL mods again. I would say this is more than a hobby. It´s a way of life :)

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Posted Sep 22 2013 - 06:06 AM

View PostArturo Pereira, on Sep 22 2013 - 05:00 AM, said:

I was hooked with GPL from the start, but after I had that problema it helped me in other ways. Soon I was involved with 4 or 5 other guys with the idea of developing a mod for GPL, back in 2003. We opened a Yahoo email list and we went for it. The names were Paul Thurston, Richard Cooke, Phil Flack, John W. King and I think Bob Berman was also there from the beginning. Soon we got help from the GPLEA guys and many many other helpful gentlemen. The list would be huge. The developement of the 1965 F1 mod made me contact Dough Nye, who gave us a lot of informaiton about those years, and also from the 1950s.
I was a bit burned out in the ast 2 year, but I am involved with the GPL mods again. I would say this is more than a hobby. It´s a way of life :)

I am happy, we are all happy of your true come back, Arturo !

welcome again to the Repository, too

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Posted Sep 22 2013 - 08:40 AM

Thank you :)

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Posted Sep 23 2013 - 07:58 AM

I'm working full time again now so not driving so much. I find that I'm quite quick with the Can-am and Thunder Cars but I am unable to get near ranking with the 1967 mod. I'll have to get more practice I think. Does anybody else find this?

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Posted Sep 23 2013 - 02:19 PM

Andy,

I did not drove the 1967 F1s for about 4 or 5 years, mainly busy with the mods and administrating a GPL league. When I went back to them, it took me about 6 months to be close to my old laptimes (PBs), and about a year to improve some of them. In a way, I think that 2 things helped: practice and having driven the mods, specially the 1965 F1s and the 1966 F1s.
btw, I am working with the mods and I am also administrating that league ;)

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Posted Sep 24 2013 - 02:19 AM

How time flies...I bought GPL when it came out in the Netherlands, somewhere around november 1998. I immediately bought a 3DFX card as well to enjoy the graphics and since then until 2003 upgraded my computers and videocards on a regular basis, only to be able to enjoy GPL even more. I was a student at the GPL Driving School, finally overcoming some of my lack of talent through the teachings of Jim Pearson, I visited the Goodwood Festival of Speed where the famous hillclimb was recreated for GPL and then other hobbies (and business woes) became more important in my life. I still enjoy following the community but it must be five years since I last did a lap.

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Posted Sep 24 2013 - 09:55 AM

Does this make sense then?. A quick lap in the Can-am Mclaren M8F which is quite a large car compared to a 1967 car. Therefore a lap in the '67 car would be a lot easier to drive so should be almost as quick. In other words, if I'm quick in a Can-am car then I should almost be as quick in a '67 car.

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Posted Sep 24 2013 - 11:57 AM

Not necessarily so as the car while being wider also has loads more grip and some of the mistakes you can make can be made up with power, say missing an apex, running wide or being in the wrong gear. Depending on the track, I'd say a CA'71 should be faster than a '67 F1 almost always when driven by the same drive with the same target.

I don't quite remember the first time I heard about GPL, most likely read about it in some gaming rag or other. But I do remember the first time I, well, heard "about" GPL. Quite literally actually. I was talking to a friend on the phone and he had just installed GPL, so my first experience with GPL was the sound - and it struck a chord. I had to see it, hear and eventually have it. That must have been around the time it was released over here. No idea on dates... At that time I had been through a number of racing and other computer games already, my current 'nick' was, at the time of release, already in use for 6-7 years. And it wasn't my first either ;). Ahh good times, still have a disk with RVF Honda on the Amiga with a records I have not been able to crack since (It's only 24 years now...)

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Posted Sep 25 2013 - 05:02 AM

Thanks Sky, I'll get back to driving  the '67 cars. My aim was to get a rank for the 67's by the end of the year.

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Posted Sep 25 2013 - 09:35 AM

Got my first GPL Demo with the Nascar Racing 2 version in 1998. Impossible to drive on my laptop, it looked like a slide show. The demo had the Watkins Glen circuit included. I tried a few meters to get out of the pits using the key board and spinned all over the place. So I gave up. In 1999 I purchased my own full copy, bought me a steering wheel and installed it on my desk top at home. Got interested in the RSC site, the GPL reference site at the time, and visited the site and its forums on almost a daily basis. That is how GPL started to grow on me: all the exciting new releases of tracks, cars, utilities. Never was a real good driver and I do admit I spent more time in collecting GPL add-ons, releases and utilities and properly installing and configuring them, then I spent time racing. And that is still the case today. I almost daily visit the GPL Mirror Zone. I still race occasionally.

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Posted Sep 27 2013 - 12:35 PM

Well 15 years are 15 years.

Happy Birthday To GPL!

I started playing GPL around 2010 but Im not a good driver at all. :D Anyway for a keyboard user Im fine. :Meter:

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Posted Sep 28 2013 - 03:50 AM

View PostRacerBG, on Sep 27 2013 - 12:35 PM, said:

Well 15 years are 15 years.

Happy Birthday To GPL!

I started playing GPL around 2010 but Im not a good driver at all. :D Anyway for a keyboard user Im fine. :Meter:

Haha :D when i'm out my home i also have to use with keyboard cause i can't carry my wheel. Anyway, if you have the chance, get a wheel, highly recommended :thumbup:




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