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#1 G.Spinning

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Posted May 04 2014 - 04:59 AM

Watkins Glen International (New York, USA), “Short Course”, 1971 Interim Circuit.

Track for Grand Prix Legends by G.Spinning
v1.0 May 2014

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This is my first ever produced track for GPL. It's my attempt at anything resembling reality, of the Watkins Glen, "Short Course" track, 3.907 km long, as it was ready for the 6 Hours and the Can-Am races on 24th and 25th July, 1971 (interim circuit). W.r.t. the previous layout of 3.78 km used from 1956 to 1970, it removes the "Big Bend", the way leading to it and the way approaching the "Ninety". The track was widened to 11 meters and guard-rails were erected all around. A new pit area and a new pit straight before the "Ninety” were introduced. The "Ninety” was also redesigned and moved further away from the S/F line. This remained in its old position, just before the "Esses", for the 1971 July sports car weekend, but it was moved on the new pit straight for the F1 Grand Prix raced on October, 3rd. By then also the extended section, known as the "Boot", became available to complete the "Long Course" of 5.435 km.

The track layout is completely original and it's based on Google maps. All object placement, texture choices, advertising, etc. was done, when available, with reference to photographs and film captures from the epoch and especially from  the 1971 6 Hours and Can-Am week-end. It is as accurate as I could manage, though some suppositions had to be taken.

CREDITS
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Track fixing and lp files by Ginetto
Camera files by gliebzeit (NOTE: TV1 cams reproduce real life TV coverage of the Can-Am 1971 race!)
Programs files by gliebzeit

This track also uses original and very often modified textures and 3do files originally made by other GPL's editors for other tracks. It contains works of: Ginetto, Stefano Zampedri, Smogbike, Silence, Scott, Seegert, Stones, Rock Lobsters, Gilles Benoit, Olivier Grand. Certainly also from other editors, to whom I cannot provide credits. If someone believes I have used his work and would like a credit please let me know. Thanks to all of them.

THANKS
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This track would not have been possible without the assistance of Ginetto, who patiently provided technical explanations, suggestions and fixed issues. It also would not have been possible without the precious comments and nice words of encouragement especially from Border Reiver, gliebzeit, Silence, Maddog and Gaus. A big thanks to all of them for the support received, as well as to the entire Can-Am '71 mod team who gave me the motivation to do it.

My thanks also to:
Stefan Roess for his GPL Watkins Glen 1971 - Short Course - Promotion Movie https://www.youtube....h?v=IFfx2lkqtq0

Papyrus for Grand Prix Legends
SRMZ and GPL Repository for hosting GPL forums
All the creators of the editing tools and utilities which ultimately make all this possible.

DISCLAIMER
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These files are free and provided for enjoyment with GPL.
Anyone is free to use and tweak them on other GPL track projects to be made available for free. Credits would however be appreciated.
I am not responsible for any problem you may have using these files. This is not a Sierra Papyrus product.

G.Spinning :wave:

EDIT: If you cannot use the NO SOUND 3do option extracted from the included 7z archive, please see post #42.

EDIT: If you can`t watch Stefan's movie go to: https://vimeo.com/103373835 :)

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Edited by G.Spinning, Aug 14 2014 - 11:27 AM.


#2 Orpheus

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Posted May 04 2014 - 05:07 AM

Thanks for this superb Track! :bravo:

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Posted May 04 2014 - 05:14 AM

All in one week end, the whether patch and this beautifull track. Thank you!!

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Posted May 04 2014 - 06:03 AM

Great track! Thank you Gianfranco :thumbup:

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Posted May 04 2014 - 06:10 AM

Thank you!

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Posted May 04 2014 - 06:29 AM

Beautiful track! Thank you! :up:

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Posted May 04 2014 - 06:31 AM

Excellent !!!

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Posted May 04 2014 - 06:31 AM

Thank you.

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Posted May 04 2014 - 06:32 AM

Congratulations! Hard to believe that 'The Glen' is your first track ever.

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Posted May 04 2014 - 06:36 AM

Congratulations G. Spinning on a fabulous Watkins Glen.
Thank you for all your effort and time
Looking forward to your next track(s)........... :up: :bravo:

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Posted May 04 2014 - 07:40 AM

Beautiful recreation of this iconic Watkins Glen track!!  Fabulous research and dedication to getting it "just as it was in 1971".  Thank you!  :)

As others have said, it is truly remarkable that this is your first track construction.  You've started with a masterpiece!  

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Edited by gliebzeit, May 04 2014 - 07:43 AM.


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Posted May 04 2014 - 07:58 AM

Thank you!!!!!

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Posted May 04 2014 - 09:15 AM

Great work, Gianfranco! :woohoo2:
I agree that this is amazing this is your first track.  It's very high quality and is great fun. You've done a super job! :up:

Is there a version of this wonderful track with the boot planned somewhere down the road?

Thank you,

Dave

#14 Josef Paul

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Posted May 04 2014 - 09:47 AM

Another complete surprise! Thank You!

I've been able to say, "Thanks" for new projects three times in the last 3 weeks. Is this a GPL renaissance?

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Posted May 04 2014 - 09:59 AM

:yipee2:




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