Featured My First (Simracing) Car

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  1. leon_90

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    Where it all started for me... and where for you?


    I can still remember that moment very clearly. It was late summer, 2002, and my copy of Grand Prix Legends had just arrived at my local store. I waited two full weeks for it, something unconceivable today where everything is shipped even across the world in a matter of days, if not hours depending on the product. Those were probably some of the longest weeks of my life, daydreaming all the time about all the things I wanted to do in what I later discovered had to be my first simracing game.

    Mind you, I was just a boy, twelve years old then, whose spark about cars was ignited thanks to the classic “Grand Prix” movie. My father had a VHS of it, which I literally wiped out for how many times I watched it. How old I was when it happened, it is still a matter of discussion to this very day, but we agree that I was not older than five when I first saw that film.

    Thus, I was waiting and waiting for my GPL disc to arrive, browsing in the meantime through pictures of the game and reading through the manual written for it, “Four Wheel Drift”. Can you imagine?

    I went to collect my copy. My father was kind enough to let me install it and play it on his PC, because mine, an old Pentium 166 MHz, could not run it at all. I created my profile, chose my helmet colour, and picked up my drive.

    The BRM P115.

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    Why, you ask? Why not the Ferrari 312? I do not really know. I guess that “Grand Prix” played a role in this too. I always liked the character of Scott Stoddard in the movie, and that maybe was the reason why I decided to drive that first. It was heavy, it was understeering everywhere, it had a noisy engine, more fit for truck driving and delivering F1 cars, rather than powering one, but I loved every single moment of it.

    I kept driving the BRM for months on end, and it was where my simracing story really started. It was difficult, to learn for the first time how to drive to the limit, how to cope with other drivers competing, in a vehicle like that. However, I did, and as I was saying, I just loved every moment. In the end, I switched to the Ferrari, and stayed with it in the game to this very day, but I owe so much to that iconic British bulldog. I have so many fond memories with that lovely car, and I am so happy that it was with it that all this began.

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    Which was the first car you drove in a sim, any sim? Why did you chose that in particular? Was it fun, was it hard, do you have any unforgettable memories of it? How everything simracing related started for you?

    I would really love to hear about it, in the comments below!
     
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  2. VernWozza

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    Jeoff Crammond's Microprose gp1.

    When was that? 1991?
     
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  3. Andy_J

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    1992.;)
     
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  4. Brownninja97

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    Blame the Ferrari F40, I saw it in Assetto corsa, impulse bought the game and never looked back.
     
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  5. Boby Kim

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    Grandprix 2 Microprose on my 386sx 25mhz. And im not sure but i think i raced it with a Microsoft sidewinder joystick...
     
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  6. SirSimon

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    Caterham in Race 07 (I think there was a Caterham Expansion that included them?)
    I pretty much learned how to drive in the various versions of the Seven on Monza, so I was ready when Assetto Corsa was released:)
     
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  7. Andy_J

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    My very first was REVS on a C64 if I recall. But the one that got me loving it the most was IndyCar 2 on my first PC. 486DX I think.

    Then the Geoff Crammond series. GP4 being the ultimate for me.
    Here, once again for those new to it. A small video I made taken on an old phone years ago.
     
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  8. muzikant

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    Grandprix 2 but I was wake up 1998 with GPL with the first Nordschleife in game!!
    Every year I hope for news.... who makes a second GPL?
     
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  9. Lentoveloz

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    Yes my friend. GPL, where my true passion for racing simulators began. Thanks to the GPL Preservation Society, I play to this day, just to feel a little of that old, incomparable sensation. It was 1989...
     
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  10. Stanislav Minakov

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    Lotus Cortina from GT Legends
     
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  11. UnixRoot

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    Lotus 49 in GPL. I still have GPL and many nice mods like F1 55, F1 65 and Can Am 66 installed.
     
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    I think it was Porsche 917K (1970, psychodelic Martini livery) in rFactor, WSC1970 mod.
     
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    Pole Position. Yes that old...

    Those graphics, the trees, the grass, the tarmac you just had to be part of that revolution.

    And the slogan was: "unbelievable driving realism". Those were the days and yes we are 'spoiled' in 2018 and the coming years ;)
     
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  14. sutioc

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    Subaru Impreza from Richard Burns Rally, although I played it with keyboard on an 800*600 screen. Still play RBR in VR now.
     
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    I think it was f1 '98 or '99 back when i was 7.
    I've been Driving the Ferraris all day:D

    My Passion for Virtual Racing began early;)
     
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  16. IMrIMike

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    Dad bought F1 challenge 99-02 and a Saitek R440 for our new PC back then, first car I hopped into was probably Mikas or Kimis Mclaren Mercedes :p
     
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  17. Koen Verlinde

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    Grand Prix where you could drive the so called Simtek from 1994.
     
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  18. Arconian

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    Ferrari 360 in GTR. :inlove:
     
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  19. rallysmo

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    well i always love racing games, mostly nfs series wich was really good like nfs hot pursuit with night cycle, then i try gtr series but as child without a proper wheel didnt enjoy sim racing until i try Assetto Corsa just amazing
     
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  20. Stefanoes

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    Grand tourismo (1) on the PS1 (maybe not really a sim, but very fun none the less). I have it still laying around somewhere. I played it probely around 2000 or something with my little brother and my dad.
     
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