E3Expo 2005 Friday’s Report Day 3 Page 12

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Bits ‘n Bobs

by Tom “20mm” Hayden

Let me summarize by saying that I had a blast at E3. I was dazed and confused a lot, I wandered aimlessly, I saw gorgeous women and drooled, I took pictures, met people in the business who know so much more than I do about this stuff it’s just incredible. I ate very little, slept very little, did none of my normal exercise routine, and only now is it all starting to seep into my head with some kind of order and significance what really happened.

The absolute best about this was the people. At E3 certainly. Nice folks, energized, knowledgeable, skilled, talented people who care about the same things that we care about. Our hobby, our passion, our craziness for sims.

The best of the best people? Without a single doubt meeting, working with and just doing a little socializing and talking with WKLINK and Chunx and guod was tops for me. If you think these are pretty good guys based on what you see from them here at SimHQ, let me tell you: You’re right.

But when you meet someone, put a face with the emails or the phone calls or the post exchanges, you find how involved they are with sims of all kinds, how much they know, how committed they are, how they share your interests, well, it’s really something. To these three fine gentlemen, I want to say thanks for everything. You made it great.

Bits ‘n Bobs

by Doug “guod” Atkinson

What the Hot Lap Contest at Adrenaline Computers was all about.There is a request I’d like to make and it requires you, our readers of SimHQ, to do something that will take all of one minute of your day. If you haven’t already done so, send ChunxWKLINK and 20mm a “thank you” either in email or in our E3Expo Forum. These guys worked their butts off so you have show information tailored to what we sim fans know and love. They deserve a hearty thank you for spending countless hours day-and-night compiling their reports. I sincerely thank them for helping the site fulfill it’s mission to provide the best E3Expo reports for simulation fans on the Internet.

Hot Lap Contest

Adrenaline Computers, a company that makes ultra-high end PCs for the hard-core simulation enthusiast (the CEO and co-founder is a HUGE MSFS online player), was hosting a hot-lap contest in conjunction with SimBin, using the GTR game, running on and Adrenaline water-cooled PC with a $2500 racing cockpit from VRX Industries and a Momo Racing FF Wheel. First prize was an Adrenaline PC valued at $6000. Although Chunx isn’t in the market for a new PC (he likes building his own now that guod has taught him how), being both a sim-racer junkie and competitive type-A personality meant he couldn’t resist the call of a sim racing contest that pitted his skills against other drivers (he got his first taste of GTR here at E3 and really liked the game’s “feel”). So it was no surprise to us when found him standing in line for this contest.

The folks at Adrenaline Computers selected the shorter Donnington track and Lamborghini racecar for the competition, which only made things harder for Chunx since he’s never driven that track before. The competition was tough, and in the last 15 minutes the fast lap leader changed hands several times, with the win going to Tim Stevens, a freelance journalist and avid sim racer whom attended the GT Legends briefing with SimHQ the day prior. Chunx’ lap time was good enough for a 4th place finish, quite respectable especially when you consider that around 400 virtual racers were competing for the top prize.

In a post-race interview, Chunx put on his SimHQ cap and told the assembled press, “well, the SimHQ Lamborghini ran really great today, and I was just happy to have the chance to do my best for Team SimHQ…”Okay, we made that part up. But Chunx did the SimHQ team proud with his impressive hot lap performance on an unfamiliar track with this highly realistic sim title.

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