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Bulawayo 1971

17 Oct 2021

Posted by mcmirande in GPL-Track & Carset Upload Zone
Hello ALL

A new track for GPL is here:  Bulawayo's Breedon Everard Raceway, located in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia in 1971).  It means that we add a new country represented for at least one GPL track :)

The idea started with a modification of Donnybrook that Brent Blackburn (Argyle68) made, to simulate Bulawayo's track.  As most of the (for me) most difficult work was already done (i.e. horizon and mip files) by Brent, I started to do the remaining things, which were rather easy when compared with previous tracks in which I worked.  Thus, results are already here.

I never went to any place in Africa, including, of course, this track, so maybe everything is improvable, Thus, we're open to improvements,

I want to thank Ginetto, Sergio Loro and Pablo Fernandez, given that I'm just putting in practice things that they patiently teached to me.

Thanks all this GREAT GPL-er community, that is the biggest support to all of this

Long-Live GPL!!



Breedon Everard Raceway (1969- ?)


Marcos Mirande & Brent Blackburn


Track Location : Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (ex Rhodesia)

Track Type : Racetrack
Track Lenght : 4.072 kms. - 2.5308 miles.
Track Num. Turns : 10
Track Year : 1969-1974  (this version)

History of Breedon Everard Raceway

Located in what was then known as Southern Rhodesia but what has since become known as Zimbabwe, Bulawayo's Breedon Everard Raceway opened in December 1969 as a replacement for the Kumalo airfield track, which was then the host circuit of the Rhodesian Grand Prix and Bulawayo 100 rounds of the South African Formula 1 Championship. The new 2.5235 mile long Bulawayo track was known by many locally as the Falls Road Circuit.
The new track took its name in honour of British railway engineer Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Breedon Everard, who had been the general manager of Rhodesian Railways from 1958-63 and was also briefly acting President of the country on several occasions after the proclamation of the Republic of Rhodesia.
The first event held was the 3 Hours of Bulawayo, which was the penultimate round of that year's Springbok Series for sportscars.  The Springbok series attracted many top drivers to Southern Africa from Europe, running during the the European offseason, and would return  to Bulawayo in 1970 and 1971, counting star drivers such as Brian Redman and Mike Hailwood among its champions.   In 1970, the circuit would host its first Rhodesian Grand Prix for Formula 1 cars, and the following year would begin hosting both the Grand Prix and the Bulawayo 100 rounds of the South African F1 Drivers' Championship until the Grand Prix itself would move to Donnybrook Park in 1974.
The complicated political situation in Rhodesia during the middle and late 1970's as Rhodesia transitioned to Zimbabwe meant that Bulawayo and its sister tracks in the country  faded from international view. The decision was made to shorten the circuit to 2.161 miles in the mid-1970s by cutting out one the loops, reducing it to just eight corners.   The circuit still remains open to various forms of club racing today.

Layout, maps, programme, AI and details by Marcos Mirande
textures and 3dos by Brent Blackburn

Thanks to:

Papyrus/Sierra for original game
Peter Prochazka for GPLTrk
Phil Flack for GTKMaker, TRK23DO, MipMan, SrbMan, GPLAnim, Sciss
Paul Hoad for GPL Track Editor
Christian Wohlfahrt for 123DO
Klaus Horbrand for WinMip
Anton Norup Sørensen for Graced
Strava for FB Adjust
Neil McCollum for gplconvert
Joachim Blum for TrkCAMEdit
Gplunk4ever22 for Barry Thompson aka Bertram
Francois Dubuc for GPL LP Editor
Nigel Pattinson for RPY2LP,camedit,racecon and AI tutorials
Martin Granberg and Bernd Nowak for GPL Track Installer
Richard Neville (Panchine) and Jackseller some textures
Ginetto for some helpful info
testings for Pablo Sosa
RacesimCentral forum
SMRZ Forum

Marcos Mirande & Brent Blackburn

Email: mcmirande@gmail.com

NOTE:  everything in the track may be improved. We believe in the collaboration of the GPL community, so feel free to improve this track.  If you need help or some not included files to recompile the track, just send me an email. Marcos.

EDIT October, 18, 2021:  After some comments by Brent and Phil Woodward, I add some fixes to the AI and clipping of some trees. Just extract the file "fixes.zip" in "bulawayo" folder

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Convert Rfactor Or Gtr2 Track To Gpl

16 Oct 2021

I was just wondering if it's possible to convert an ISI based track to GPL?

I'm working on a version of Albert Park 1958 in Bobs Track Builder, and I'd love to convert it to GPL.

Is it possible?

Could anyone help me with it?

I've done as much research as I can, I've pretty much finished building all the scenery, just a few finishing touches are needed like the skyboxi, low poly cars for scenery, and 50's spectators.

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Mod Uninstall

18 Oct 2021

How do you uninstall a mod specifically the 65 mod?

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Kansas Lake Garnett - 2021 Update

15 Oct 2021

Posted by ginetto in GPL-Track Addons
Update to Mark Beckman's Kansas Lake Garnett track originally released in 2001
Know as the most dangerous track in North America mostly because of it's unprotected stonework at the dam crossing.

Update includes :-
Dirt pit lane and extra objects added.
Reshaped terrain, graphic fixes and improvements.
AI updated.

Installation :-
This update is a complete installation of the track and will install and overwrite any previous version of kansas, so as a precaution rename your existing kansas track folder as a back up in case you prefer what you had before.
( If kansas is not already installed just run the installer )

Unzip the archive and run the installer.
Check the path to your GPL installation is correct when prompted.
Have fun.

Credits :-
Thanks to Mark for his original track. Also thanks to authors ( especially Jackseller and Denis ) for textures from previous updates we may have used.

We hope you like our work.

ginetto and Paul.

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Drivers Head Turned 45 Degrees At Goodwood65?

16 Oct 2021

Hi all,

I'm having a really odd problem which I've been investigating for the last few hours and I'm stumped.

I've been catching up with some of GPL's newer TotalRank tracks, driving the '71 Can-Am McLaren M8F to get some nice fast laptimes. I've recently done laps at Roswell (looks great!), B&Wwerk Collmberg-Rennen, Dundrod 1955 TT, Guaporé, Ain Diab, Alta Gracia 1998, and a few others.

However, when I reached Goodwood 1965 earlier today, when I went to the track, I suddenly found that my drivers' viewpoint was turned about 45 degrees to the left. I checked the "look left" and "look right" keys, and they correctly moved my view (further) to the left and to the right, so the keys weren't "stuck" in any way. I then left GPL, shut down GEM and restarted everything, and when I got back to the track the problem was still there.

I then tried a few other tracks, and the viewpoint there was correct. I then left GPL again, and repeated my tests using other mods like F2, GTs, original '67s, and they all behaved the same way - at Goodwood 1965, the view was turned left by 45 degrees, and at all other tracks the view was fine. This puzzled me even more, as I remember driving some test laps with the '67 Brabham and Lotus 49 back in April last year, when the track was first released, and there were no problems.

I then assumed that there might be something wrong with my Goodwood installation, so I moved all the files from "Goodwd65" to a backup directory, and re-ran the track installer. But the problem was still there.

I then started to experiment with settings for the "77E Head Movement V3.0" patch, in case a bad setting was causing the problem. The first thing I did was to open the original patch ZIP file and copy the original XML file into the "\GPLSecrets\Gem+\Options\" directory, and my "GPL Head Movement V3.0" directory where I installed the manager program. I then deleted GPLM71.EXE from the GPL directory, and restarted GPL. I first went to the new Monza67 track, and the viewpoint was correct, but the "Glance" feature was active, so as I drove the car my viewpoint was turning left and right. I left Monza, and then went straight to Goodwood65 without quitting GPL. At Goodwood, the view was also correct, but again the "Glance" feature was active.

I then quit out of GPL and GEM, and ran the Head Movement Manager program. Under the "Cockpit Viewpoint Movement" tab, I made sure that both head movement options were turned off, then I clicked on the "Save To Patch" button, and exited. I deleted GPLM71.EXE again, ran GEM, and went back to Monza67. This time the view was correct, and there was no head movement. However, when I left Monza and went directly to Goodwood65 again, the view was turned 45 degrees left again.

I then simply tried deactivating the Head Movement patch, and this seemed to fix the problem. Without the patch, all the tracks I tried and all the mods behaved as expected, with a normal viewpoint and no head movement. So the problem is connected somehow with the Head Movement patch. But I have been running the patch for a long time now, because I enjoy seeing the drivers' heads moving when I'm watching replays. So I'm puzzled as to why this problem has started today, and with only one track!

If there's anyone out there who can puzzle out what might be wrong, or who could give me some ideas for more tests I could try, please let me know.

EDIT: I should also mention the GPLShift patch, as this can configure controls to change the drivers' viewpoint. I realised that although I no longer use my broken steering wheel, I had left my base GPL.EXE patched. So I ran the patcher to get rid of GPLShift, and I found that this didn't make any difference.

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