Have you ever made a “bucket list”? (I think there’s also a movie with the same title, isn’t there?)
If you love cars and motorcycles and racing, “Goodwood Festival of Speed” definitely belongs in that list.
We brought you a report from last year event as well, but this year’s edition had something with a special meaning for us: the huge “Central Feature” that appears every year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is a structure that is built solely for the 3-day event. The gigantic feature is always decorated with cars that represent the history and glory of car manufacturers.
Roughly 1 week after returning from the Nürburgring, we left Japan again to participate in two Vision Gran Turismo announcement ceremonies in Detroit and Paris.
But first, we had some work to take care of in New York. For myself, New York reminds me of GT4. GT4 was the first time that the Photo Mode was introduced, and we recreated the wood deck where you could see the night lights of Manhattan from the base of Brooklyn Bridge. Do you remember the scene where it also appears in the opening of GT4 together with the Ford GT?
This is quite late but Happy New Year from me as well, I hope to see more of you here this year.
We’re currently in Paris to attend the 30th Festival Automobile International.
Paris has been called the city of flowers and city of light, but unfortunately this is the darkest and coldest time of the year. When we arrived, it was slightly snowing. If this was the end of the year there would be Christmas illuminations and lots of people shopping; but still, the day we arrived seemed to be right after the Paris Fashion Week, and in streets and café’s near central Paris, there were lots of people who are probably buyers and various fashion brand related people.
The Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo was unveiled at the LA Auto Show last month, and on the stage of the press conference at the GM booth, Yamauchi san celebrated the unveiling of the full scale model together with the people from GM.
Hi everyone, I’m sorry it’s been a while since the Pebble Beach post in August. This post is regarding the SEMA show held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Annual GT Awards which is now in its 12th year. Las Vegas is all about the Casinos, but some of you may remember from GT4 that we had a Las Vegas Strip drag course, complete with bright neon lights.
64 years ago in 1950, there was an automobile race held on a closed off public road running through the forests near Pebble Beach, in Monterey California. It is said that the participants of the race showing off their racing cars eventually developed into the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The direct translation from French is the “contest of elegance”.
Continuing on from Last time, I’d like to introduce some of the national finalists gathered at the Silverstone Racecamp.
Alex Porazinski (Age 36) 2014 British Finalist
Thinking that GT Academy would be the only route that would fulfill his dream of becoming a professional racer, he made his challenge in the GT Academy starting from the first one in 2008, every year until 2012. He was always in the top 10 in the national rankings, but had a difficult time making it into race camp.
Can the best Gran Turismo player become a real life racing driver?
The GT Academy started in Europe in 2008, and the possibilities of this innovative driver discovery program based on a reality TV show was undoubtedly proven by the performance of Lucas Ordonez the winner of the GT Academy who stood on the podium of the Dubai 24H race soon after. He later continued to prove himself, achieving a podium finish at the famed LeMans 24 Hour race. The 2011 winner Jann Mardenborough is currently said to be a driver who may answer the next question of “whether a gamer can become an F1 Driver”.
It’s been 2 weeks since the end of the 24 hour race. In Japan, the steamy monsoon season ends in another 2-3 weeks, to welcome the full-fledged Summer reaching over 30 degrees C every day. Looking at the calendar, I notice that today is Friday, and the time is 2PM. With the time difference to Germany, exactly 2 weeks ago about this time, we were frantically repairing the car to make it into the Top 30 qualifier session.
On June 27, continuing from the Nissan booth of yesterday, there was another car under a veil in Goodwood. Aston Martin, the sports car brand of England was about to announce their DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo in their home country. From early in the morning, there was already a crowd gathered in front of the booth waiting for the unveiling.