The RaceDepartment Podcast Interview with Bram Hengeveld

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A special edition of the RD Podcast is available to download and listen now... featuring an in depth look at the history of RaceDepartment with its founder Bram Hengeveld!

For this very special edition of the RD Podcast, we talk to the founder and owner of - Mr. Bram Hengeveld. We sat down with Bram to hear about how he got started in sim racing, what sort of changes the site has gone through over the years, the past, present and future of sim racing and this wonderful website, and a whole lot more besides! You can find the links to examples we discussed here.

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Bram Hengeveld

RaceDepartment Founder
Dec 26, 2006
Some links we discussed in this episode
  • Not mentioned in the podcast but the first racing game I played at and with a friend was Pole Position (1982) by Atari.
  • My first self owned racing game on the MSX computer back in 1987, F1 Spirit by Konami. You can actually still play it here.
  • Accolade Racing Game on the MS DOS - PC here. Music was strangely not annoying at all back in 1988 :laugh:
  • Indy 500 by Papyrus on the Amiga from 1989 can be seen here. Epic eh? :)
  • Microprose Grand Prix 1 made by God himself (my most played sim in history) from 1992 here.
  • Microprose Grand Prix 2 again by Geoff Crammond here.
  • Microprose Grand Prix 3 with the epic wet weather conditions here. Can't believe this is 19 years old already and how awesome it looked back then and honestly said still does today.
  • DTM Race Driver 2 from 2004. See how awesome that still looks on a modern PC here.
  • The intro theme of my beloved RACE - WTCC Game from 2006 that still gives me goosebumps today here.
  • GTR 2 from 2006 here. Do I need to say more?
  • RACE 07 from 2007 which made RaceDepartment what it is today here.
  • Various Virtual World Touring Car Championship videos which were aired on Eurosport can be seen here. The birth of esports? The V-WTCC Final is still available here.
The history of RPM/RaceDepartment over the years in links (might take some time to load as it's deeply archived)
  • Our first forum on a free crappy domain back in 2006 (unfortunately never indexed and lost for ever, boo!)
  • Our first website on our RPM URL in early 2007: here.
  • First version of RaceDepartment in 2008: here (style wasn't indexed properly)
  • RaceDepartment in 2009: here
  • RaceDepartment in 2012 here
  • RaceDepartment in 2014 here
  • etc
Did I miss anything?

PS: Thanks Paul and Paul for the laughs. Podcasts and such aren't really my thing but this was fun to do. I'll buy a better microphone for future episodes as my sound quality was horrendous.


Sep 3, 2018
Really enjoyed listening to this as well as the previous ones.

Its nice to reflect on where this website came from, the sheer effort and passion involved, as well as what could be possible in the future given the size and potential power of the community we have here if people work together, its literally like an international Simracing HQ.

It also brought back some happy early memories that I had forgotten about, of playing Indy 500 on my dads Amstrad PC with purple CGA graphics, I must have been 7-8 years old and it was awesome, and then later his super expensive 486 33mhz PC which kick started my gaming addiction / passion. Also remember the first time I played Microprose F1 Grand Prix, remember being blown away by racing at Monaco and also remember playing Papyrus Indycar later on and... being rubbish at all of them.
Sadly I never followed through on sim racing, getting seduced by adventure games, space shooter / sim games and then FPS shooters and finally dropping gaming altogether after Uni when bike racing took over, wasn't until a couple of years ago that I rediscovered it all building a new PC, getting stuck back into it, and seems like gaming and especially simracing is where my heart is actually.

Glad I found this place of like minded people. :)

Alex Townsend

Aug 25, 2009
An interesting listen to which I'm about half way through.
Makes the drive to and from work a whole load more interesting.
Totally agree. I listened to half on the way in to work this morning, and will listen to the other half, whilst stuck in traffic on the way home in about 3.5 hours.
Love hearing the history of the site from the man himself. Truly is awe-inspiring to hear the humble beginnings and to see what has amassed since. RD, for the people that know, is the online hub for all motorsports virtual and real and I love it!
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Dec 10, 2018
Went on a business trip this week, returned exhausted. What a pleasant surprise to get into my car at the airport and find a bonus episode of the RD podcast waiting for me on return! This was the soundtrack of my drive home. Really enjoyed it, great to reminisce about sims from yesteryear


Jan 26, 2017
Really enjoyed it, brilliant conversations, only issues I had were addressed at the start regarding volumes. Keep up the good work guys!
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Apr 4, 2018
Just listened to the first 30 minutes (mashing the volume button up and down :roflmao: )

I'd completely forgotten about Indy 500 - wow! :cool:

The first 'driving' game I can remember playing was Spy Hunter on my Spectrum ZX

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Oct 28, 2017
Really enjoyed this Podcast edition - very interesting to hear how the RD community came about.. I was reminded of an outdoor chat somewhere near the Nurburgring ;)

Lots of interesting topics covered..

More please !!

Ramon van Rijn

RaceDepartment Co-Founder
May 19, 2007
I can confirm the tagline "Blurring the line between real and virtual motorsports" was invented by Bram :)

Back in the day, some time after creating RD, some admins (like me) loved only the simracing part, but Bram kept on focussing on normal motorsport also. In the end it worked out and is now a good mixture for RD.

I think I lost focus on RD some years ago, when I was too busy with other stuff like other hobby's and the last 3 years mainly for study. I could not be bothered to come back into simracing for a while, but since Assetto Corsa C I am beginning to get this 'vibe' back like I had for years. I am not yet fully back into simracing, but if ACC is growing like it is doing now, count me back in :)

This reply is a bit late as I am just back at a regular interval on RD and learned about these podcasts. So at this time, still 2 upcoming for me to go :)
Great to hear about rigs. Here I have Oculus VR, cannot race without it. My wheel is the same as Bram's. Actually he invited me to try the first pre-pre-pre-alfa Assetto Corsa some years ago and try his new T500 wheel+pedals. I was amazed compared to the G27 and was an instant buy for me. I still use it although I am sometimes using the initial Fanatec CSP v1.
Racing games; yeah almost played them all. From C64/Amiga to PC. Only the last few years I skipped a lot of racing games.

Thanks for the podcast and keep it up. Nice to hear when I am in the car driving to and from my work :)


Mar 13, 2013
Do I have to use one of the links you posted or is there anyway to listen through Deezer as it has podcasts..


Mar 13, 2013
Did you search for RaceDepartment?
Yes I have. It's just I use Deezer for my music because I have a family premium but I can use other platforms. To be honest, podcasts aren't normally my thing but I wouldn't mind listening to this one.

Paul Glover

RaceDepartment Social Media Manager & Podcast Host
Jul 16, 2011
Yes I have. It's just I use Deezer for my music because I have a family premium but I can use other platforms. To be honest, podcasts aren't normally my thing but I wouldn't mind listening to this one.
I'll have to get back to you on this Jim, leave it with me.