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#1 mctshirt


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Posted Nov 06 2005 - 12:53 AM

Ardmore Aerodrome NZIGP for Grand Prix Legends Version 1.00 By Mctshirt

History of Ardmore Aerodrome

Ardmore Aerodrome, located south of Auckland, was a wartime airfield under the control of the Ministry of Defense, being used by light aircraft operators and aircraft maintenance firms. First used in 1954 for the NZ International Grand Prix, the circuit was officially 2.0 mile long. Drivers competed over 100 laps for the NZ Motor Cup and 1000 pounds first prize.The Grand Prix was run anticlockwise for the first two years before running clockwise and including a hairpin from 1956. The circuit was marked out on the wide runways and connecting roads attracting crowds of up to 70,000 spectators. Ardmore staged the New zealand International Grand Prix until 1962 when it shifted to the brand new facilties at Pukekohe in 1963.

Many legends of motorsport from overseas and New Zealand raced there. Stirling Moss, Reg Parnell, and Jack Brabham enjoyed success there but were challenged by local drivers such as Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme, Chris Amon, Ron Roycroft, Syd and Ross Jensen, Pat Hoare and Ralph Watson in the Lycoming Special.

This version of the track is a representation of 1956/57 era.

Known Bugs
Only 2/3 of the AI manage to finish after crashing out due to my lack of knowledge in the witchcraft that is AI!

Acknowledgements / Thanks / Credits

Papyrus/Sierra for original game
Peter Prochazka for Gpltrk
Phil "Guru" Flack for GPLmaker, Trk23dowf, SRBMan, MIPMan, txt2gtk and GPL Track Editor (with Paul Hoad)
Klaus Hörbrand for Winmip2
Martin Granberg for GPL Replay Analyser (with Jonas Matton) and GPL Track Installer
Dave Noonan for 3doEd
Christian Wohlfahrt for OneTwo3DO
Tim Medcalf for DooDat
Stefan Magnusson for SRB Mini 3do Editor and GPL TrackKam Editor
Nigel Pattinson for Rpy-2-Lp
Traveller for GPL TRK Surface Value Zeroer
GPLEA for its track creating tutorials

Jim Pearson and Border Reiver for advice on everything

Robert Thurston for memories.

Online research, period photographs and authenticity at:  
http://www.sergent.com.au   Bruce Sergent's NZ Motorsport site
http://www.britishpathe.com Ardmore Grand Prix Movies
http://www.nzar.co.nz       Ardmore Airport

Reference Books
The Golden Era of New Zealand Motor Racing by Graham Vercoe
50 Years On Track by Sandy Myhre
The Jack Brabham Story by Jack Brabham & Doug Nye
Classic racers by Eoin Young
Forza Amon by Eoin Young
From The Cockpit by Bruce McLaren
Many and varied NZ Classic Car magazine articles.

Programme Cover and Maps by BAPOM

Track Textures by Mctshirt

Trackside Objects by Border Reiver, Mctshirt, and Papyrus

Object Textures by Mctshirt, Bammz and Border Reiver.

Rough AI by Mctshirt

Beta testing, feedback and continued support for this project by Vandem, Monza, David Wright, dangermouse, John Bradley, and everybody else who posted encouragement.

Web hosting for photos and files during this project by Racesimcentral.com and SimRacing MZ Portal.

And also thank you to anyone else who has inadvertantly been forgotten from this list.

ardmore_track_v1.zip (3.64mb)


#2 Alan Davies

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Posted Nov 06 2005 - 03:16 AM

Thanks mctshirt :clap2:

This a fantastic looking track and a real hoot to drive :clap2: .  Shame about the AI.  What is that strange low speed sliding that they do? :confused:   Urgent treatment from an AI doctor required.  This is a real professional job in any case. :thumbup:

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Posted Nov 06 2005 - 06:49 AM

Thank you mcshirt for the nice track :thumbup:

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Posted Nov 06 2005 - 07:20 AM

Thanks for the new circuit. Downloading now and will then give it a try out.

#5 Bob Simpson

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Posted Nov 06 2005 - 07:46 AM

I'll never complain about the tires on the insides of the corners at Mexico again!

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Posted Nov 06 2005 - 08:21 AM

Thank you for this one. Great work!!  :thumbup:

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Posted Nov 07 2005 - 06:20 PM

Thanks for the track Mctshirt, and effort taken to build it.

I don't know this track but hopefully I will learn a little of it's history  :clap2:

It's scary just how many historical tracks I haven't heard of before   :oops:

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Posted Nov 08 2005 - 07:42 AM

Lovely to see this track finished. It really is quite good fun :thumbup:


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Posted Nov 08 2005 - 01:07 PM

Cheers McTShirt   :cheers:

Is the southern horizon actually the Bombays?  Looks great  :clap2:

#10 mctshirt


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Posted Nov 08 2005 - 09:48 PM

ntoxcated, on Nov 9 2005, 08:07 AM, said:

Cheers McTShirt   :cheers:

Is the southern horizon actually the Bombays?  Looks great  :clap2:


Ummm....errr...no...Port Hills round Christchurch. It's an edited early Wigram horizon that was rejected as not quite right but as luck would have it was just perfect for Ardmore with a bit of a touch up  :)

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Posted Apr 14 2007 - 01:35 AM

After downloading Wigram Airfield (GREAT track BTW), I did a google to read up on NZ motorsports history.
I read about Ardmore Airfield & downloaded it - I generally avoided the airfield circuits but I had to try this one.
It's a great little track. It's not as easy as it looks. Great job on this  :thumbup:

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Posted Jan 15 2010 - 01:37 AM

A single mip Voodoo card fix for Ardmore.

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Posted Nov 05 2018 - 09:45 AM

Ardmore Track 1955 Conversion Updates

Edited by Stefan Roess, Nov 05 2018 - 09:45 AM.

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