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Showing posts with label racing. Show all posts
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Sunday, October 13, 2019

SATISFY YOUR “NEED FOR SPEED” SECONDLIFE STYLE- JOSH (THOMAS1 BELLIC) REPORTING



Q: Why don't Race Car Drivers eat before a big race? 
A: In case they get Indy-gestion.

His name is Mango Darwinian, and there is no one on the grid more qualified to speak on the “evolution” of racing in Second Life.  I have been Duck Racing at Quackerstone, and Chariot Racing in Roma, but I had no idea that Motor Racing was such a popular event in SecondLife.


"Wait, what? That's a thing?" is a common response when people first hear of racing in SL. I was  surprised to find out, as that during SL racing’s Golden Years from 2007-2011, there have been racing sims owned by real-life car manufacturers? Or that sponsors have fought over advertising space on cars? Or that car racing has been one of the top shows on certain Second Life television channels? Or that there are a known handful of racers that have topped a million lindens in prize-money? Yes, racing was big business and racers enjoyed celebrity status, with racing being talked about by people that have never attended a race.

Today, the manufacturers, sponsors and big prize money are memories, as are big fields of 20-30 racers at events. However, now anyone involved in racing is in it only for the racing and as such it's a scene that is genuine and made by racers for racers. The Racing and Motorsports Association intends to bring that big ol' buzz back and this time, with it's more authentic driver base, it will be bigger and better than before.

Recently, I caught up with The Godfather of SL Motor Racing during some down time between races, and he was kind enough to answer a few questions I had about the sport and his involvement.



Josh Bellic (JB):   How did you first come to be interested in racing in SL?

Mango Darwinian (MD): A slightly strange career path for me! From 2006, my first date of joining, until early in 2007, I just looked for fun things to do and stumbled across RacerX Gullwing's giant snail racing. One day, watching the race replay on SLCN (old SL television station), I saw they also showed car racing highlights. After a few watches, I went along one day and was a racer from that day onwards.



JB:  I understand we are at the beginning of L$125,000 Launch Week, Oct 12th-20th 2019.  

MD:  Yes, Racing & Motorsports Association is no longer just a group to hear about other people’s races, although we intend to keep doing that!  To celebrate the RMA now hosting it’s own races, we’re starting things off large with a 12-races-in-9-days pre-season launch week. With cars by three different creators, a range of start times, road and oval, dirt and tarmac, there’s sure to be something for everyone.  Each race is holding an L$10,000 purse and the final one will be for L$15,000, just to make it a pleasing overall amount.

We’ll also crown a Champion of Racing at the end of the week.  You only need to get 4 race results to win this, although the more you attend, the better your chance of getting 4 scores good enough.  No extra money is offered for this, but you will have the prestige of being the second RMA champion after Svenja Rhodes two years ago, who will no doubt be having another strong attempt at it.

Classes that normally use pit stops will run double features for the top 12 instead and the only fueling will be done between races, so you won’t lose on menu skills, only your race skills.
If you won’t race now, when will you!?



JB:  Do you remember your first “Win”?

MD:  Yes, kind of.  It was 12 years ago now, but I remember it came about when I started looking up other racing sims than the initial one I'd started racing at. The competition at the initial one was far too much for me, as you might imagine from a televised organization. So I tried some other less-competitive places and won a few races, and I needed that or else I might have thought racing wasn't for me. Somehow, winning at other places made it start happening at the initial place as well. Confidence is key, I guess!

JB:  The schedule is quite extensive.  If you had to take a guess, How many people are involved in today’s racing community?

MD:  Well, there's not that many regulars that go on tour from sim to sim. I'd say there's only about 20 racing regulars and another 80 or so that pop in and out.  That all equals about 7-10 racers per race, as there are quite a lot of races. It's WAY down on the "good old days", which in my mind is 2007-2011. Probably a third of the size of what it was back then

JB:   Have any big-name NASCAR Racers ever participated in SL Racing that you know of?

MD:  Haha, no. Maybe a pit crew member here and there!



JB:  Why do you think corporate interest in SL Racing died?

MD:  I think it was just the realization that it wasn't as big a vehicle, so to speak, to promote their brand as they thought it might be. They all wanted to get in there early in case it was a good investment or involvement and we reaped the benefits for a few years before they decided otherwise. I don't think that's specifically about racing though, just a Second Life thing generally.

JB:   Do the different time zones make it difficult to race?  If so, how so?

MD:  I've always been a late night person, so not too difficult until it starts getting to about 7pm (3am my time) and then I'm starting to lose my co- ordination.



JB:  So tell me Mango. When was your last speeding ticket in RL?
MD:  I'm law-abiding, of course! I don't fancy myself as a racer in the first world, only here. The real racers in first life are on tracks already, only wannabes use the roads for it.


So, there you have it folks. Straight from the horse’s mouth.  Why don't you visit the Racing and Motorsports Association's HQ, or join the group and pick up the notecards posted in there regularly. They even welcome fans that just like to watch racing and they have some superstar spectators, too. You can do that in person or just watch races on one of the streaming channels you'll find addresses for within the 'SL racing schedule', like https://www.youtube.com/user/SuperMango73/videos

Come on, be a racer! (You'll love it, I promise.)


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Racing & Motorports Association's $125,000L Launch Week October 12th-October 20th, 2019




Motor racing in Second Life.
"Wait, what? That's a thing?" is a common response to that opening sentence. But what if you were to find out there have been racing sims owned by real-life car manufacturers? Or that sponsors have fought over advertising space on cars? Or that car racing has been one of the top shows on certain Second Life television channels? Or that there are a known handful of racers that have topped a million lindens in prize-money? Yes, racing is big business and racers enjoy celebrity status, with racing being talked about by people that have never attended a race.

The above describes the scenario in racing's golden years from about 2007-2011. Today, the manufacturers, sponsors and big prizemoney are memories, as are big fields of 20-30 racers at events. However, what this does mean is that anyone involved in racing now is in it only for the racing and as such it's a scene that is genuine and made by racers for the racers. The Racing and Motorsports Association intends to bring that big ol' buzz back and this time, with it's more authentic driver base, it will be bigger and better than before and every step of each career will be recognized and be important to more than just that one driver.

Having moved in at the Nationwide Racing Association, an existing race sim, in October the RMA will both be holding a launch week worth L$125,000 in prizes and then starting a brand new season of racing, which will also carry significant prize pools in the opening weeks.  At their headquarters, you can see the schedule board, the two-week driver rankings board, the cars to be used (which are all free!) and you can pick up the latest SL-wide racing schedule, which includes both the RMA-sanctioned and everyone else's events as well. You can also check out the Second Life racing channel(s) on Youtube.

The next step is persuading, you, the normal person that would like to race, but is afraid to start, that it's totally fine and you are in a position all of us old veterans would like to be in again. Right at the start of our careers and seeing how far we can go with it. Because, you lucky new racers have only one direction to go and that's up! Us older statesmen and stateswomen (yes, there is a big ratio of female drivers) have to fight not to go down! Every one of us in racing welcomes each new face and admires you for stepping into what must seem like a daunting arena. Before long, when you see the helpfulness being shown towards you and the interest in your improvement, you will find yourself immersed and integrated into the scene before you know it! You will find a favorite race organization and feel it's your second home. With all kinds of vehicles, asphalt and dirt racing, road circuits and ovals and a range of start times, there's something for everybody.

Why don't you visit the Racing and Motorsports Association's HQ, or join the group and pick up the notecards posted in there regularly. We even welcome fans that just like to watch racing and we have some superstar spectators, too. You can do that in person or just watch races on one of the streaming channels you'll find addresses for within the 'SL racing schedule' notecard.

This scene is about to become one to be a part of once again.


Come on, be a racer! (You'll love it, I promise.)


The schedule:

***RMA SHOWCASE/LAUNCH/UNVEILING/NWRA REVIVAL WEEK***
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Sat 12th Oct, 3.00pm – Stock cars, L$10,000 (Kansas)
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Sun 13th Oct, 4.45pm – Gen 6 (2×30 laps), L$10,000 (Bristol)
Sun 13th Oct, 6.30pm – Dirt late models, L$10,000 (Langley Dirt)
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Mon 14th Oct, 4.45pm – Winston Cup, L$10,000 (Speedbowl)
Mon 14th Oct, 7.00pm – Sprintcars (winged; dirt), L$10,000 (Tulsa Bowl)
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Tue 15th Oct, 4.45pm – Xfinity, L$10,000 (California/Auto Club)
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Wed 16th Oct, 7.00pm – Asphalt, modifieds L$10,000 (Bowman Gray)
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Thu – OFF
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Fri 18th Oct, 3.00pm – Stadium trucks, L$10,000 (Sports Stadium)
Fri 18th Oct, 7.00pm – GT Road Cup, L$10,000 (Sunset)
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Sat 19th Oct, 4.45pm РF-trucks, L$10,000 (Kolm̴rden Рreverse)
Sat 19th Oct, 7.00pm – Offroad trucks, L$10,000 (Arena One – reverse)
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Sun 20th Oct, 2.00pm – Indycars, L$15,000 (Pocono)

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Giant Snail Race CHRISTMAS IN JULY July 20th at 10:30 AM SLT


On Tindy, On Oods, On Mae, ON Lobbie! It is Christmas in July @ Gullwingcoast at 1030AM SL. Every year we celebrate Christmas and your presents is required! Come dress up in your best Christmas theme outfit and you could win a prize. Come watch our Naughty Snail racers run around the coal race track while our guests on the good list comfortable eating cookies and milk on magical chairs and benches. Want to race come early and we will teach you. See you there!



Monday, February 5, 2018

Nascar Racing in Second Life! Feb 5th at 3pm SLT


Come down to the speedway and catch the Grand nationals in their last season of racing. Followed by the popular factory stock races. races start at 5 pm.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Red%20Devil/149/69/24

Friday, February 27, 2015

R.I.R. Raceway for Beginners, Advanced and Pro Class- Lanai Jarrico Reporting…


In 1948 the National Association for Stock Car Racing was founded and held its first stock car race at Charlotte Speedway in North Carolina. Today this spectator sport  has  a global fan base and has expanded  to over 1,200 races at over 100 tracks across North America per year. It is known widely as Nascar and has become a multi- billion dollar industry for racing enthusiasts who love to watch race cars and trucks whip around a track at lightning speed. Nascar’s Sprint Cup Series schedule for 2015 kicked off on February 14th and will run until November with the Championship Round. It is a very expensive hobby so not everyone can easily join Nascar. Also, as tragic as it may sound the wrecks seem to give the spectators a jolt of adrenaline.

 Thanks to Second Life you can easily join the race without worrying about experience, going broke, being sent to the ER or worse.

 In Second Life R.I.R Raceway Stock Car Racing Venue is the most realistic racing venue in Second Life that caters to beginners, advanced and pro class racing fans who have a need for speed and want to sit behind the wheel of their own racecar.

Founded in  Owned and operated by badguy Boozehound and Co owner doobeedoo Littlething, together they host 5 weekly races. Winners receive  Linden Trophies, points and bragging rights.

The SL Enquirer contacted Badguy to learn more about racing in SL and how residents can join in the fun.



Interview with R.I.R Raceway’s Badguy Boozehound

What brought you to Second Life and inspired you to create R.I.R Raceway?

I originally came to Second Life looking for new chat spots as Skype was closing Shoutcasts. Then I found a speedway I loved the idea and fun involved in SL racing. Unfortunately the venue didn’t last long and closed leaving me with a racing bug and wanting to continue. That’s when we started building a basic track on a friend’s land and from there it expanded to where the raceway is now.

Who is part of the R.I.R Staff and what are their roles?

The Staff at R.I.R are just the 2 owners Myself and my wife Doobeedoo Littlething. We are Sponsored By Black Lagoon Grafx Shop.



What type of services does R.I.R. offer racing enthusiasts in Second Life? Is race training provided?

There is a range of vehicles starting at a beginner class & working their way up the ranks to pro Sprint cup class. We don’t provide a training class but usually there is at least one racer practicing on the track.  All are very friendly and always willing to help a new driver find their groove on the track. Also, there are free demo cars which can be used in races for all the new people who come.

How can SLers get involved in the races, is there a membership requirement?

No,  just simply turn up for the race and use the free demo car provided or purchase the modifiable car that can be painted by the owner or their friends. The only thing is when you go to get a paint job on a full version car we ask that you register a race number not taken by another driver. Race Numbers already registered can be found here on R.I.R Main Website.  http://rirracingleague.webs.com

Do you use an SL group that racers and fans can join for racing news and alerts?

Yes, we do all Race video footage and race notices are posted there. Here is the link for the racing group for all the shin digs and events.
  secondlife:///app/group/68f84af7-d0d1-abc4-5321-b6cf854927f1/about

R.I.R Raceway hosts 7 weekly races. How do the races work? Can you explain the process from starting line to handing out trophies to the winners?

Yes, It is a fairly simple process for the drivers. The race director does most of the work.
We start an hour before the race with an official practice session for 45 mins. When that time is up, the practice times are reset and a 15 minute open qualify begins. Drivers start positions are in the order of fastest time in qualify to least fastest time in qualify being the last driver on the grid.


Being as we are on Second Life servers some of the small tracks and race gate systems won’t handle more than 10 drivers so, we may have to run heat race events to get to our top 10 drivers for the main event . These are two 5 lap races taking the pole sitter and  5 drivers from the two 5 lap races.  The remaining drivers who have not made a main event ticket will be put out in what we call a consi race. This is the last chance to make the main event and the top 4 finishers get this ride to the money race.

 The rest of the grid will take 11th place and so on and be packing it up for the night and hoping for that big break on the next race day.

Where can I get the most updated race schedule?

The best place to get the most updated schedule is the main race shop in world on the wall in the office. 
Also a race schedule and calendar are available on the main website

Are there sponsorship programs for racers? If so how can SL companies get their logos slapped on a Pro Racers car?

Many drivers are looking for  race sponsors to help them with vehicle purchases so they can get some paint on their racecar.  Many of them have found that special sponsor that gives them that opportunity. The best way is to show up on the race day and scout out the drivers during a practice and give them your proposal.



When a race is not happening, can anyone visit the raceway and get on the track?

Oh yes the tracks are open always for visitors to just come and enjoy doing laps in their own cars as well as the R.I.R Product line vehicles.  We close down the track we race at that particular day an hour before race time for official race practice so all the drivers get 45 minutes of good drafting practice before qualifying begins.




Do they need their own car or does the track provide rezzables to borrow?

As stated you can run a demo car which is provided free. These cars are no modify and lack the love of paint making. Usually drivers want to get the full version and get creative with his race paint. These demo cars have the same scripting quality of the full version car but are no modify.

You have a car shop on the premises, is this where SLers can purchase cars?

Yes the cars can be purchased in the main race shop located here on the main level.


How can SLers order a custom racecar ?

All the cars are the same to keep the race series controlled and monitored at all times. The class raced in that said day will all weigh the same and have same scripting  but can be tuned via a dialog menu to adjust steering downforce wedge ect.

We do have a custom painting booth as this is the only thing allowed to be modded on the car. All cars are equipped with big brother watching  them at all times and will let the creator and the driver know the car is not in tech.

Is there anything else you would like to share about R.I.R. Raceway?

Just for some good hard racing come join the fun @ R.I.R Raceway.



Additional Information

Group  secondlife:///app/group/68f84af7-d0d1-abc4-5321-b6cf854927f1/about

Preferred contact: Badguy Boozehound or Doobeedoo Littlething.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

SL Newser: The April 2012 Cross-Sim Snail Race -Bixyl Shuftan


RacerX Gullwing (image retrieved from SL Newser)


Snail Races are one of those "only in Second Life" phenomina unique to the grid. Organized by RacerX Gullwing, they usually take place on a track. But once a month during the Relay for Life fundraising season, there are cross-country, or cross-sim races, taking place across numerous sims. The April Cross-Sim race was held on April 28th on the mainland, going past noted locations such as "The Shelter," and ended a few sims away from Abbots Areodrome. And a certain fox reporter was there to cover it.

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