Bunnings World Speed attempt this weekend.

Join us for a day of attempts at the lap records at Kyalami Circuit

Join us for a day of attempts at the lap records at Kyalami Circuit

The Bunnings Warehouse North Shore Community Fun Day, will be an opportunity to see Lap Time Race Demonstrations on the African Kyalami Circuit, the scene of Formula One and more recently A1GP races.

Pro Sim Driver, Kevin Andreassend will give demonstrations throughout the day, of racing on the South African Kyalami circuit and will attempt to match some of the fastest lap times set during the recent A1GP series.

Final Race fastest lap: Monaco of 1.m 27.269s.
Fastest on Final Practice Day – Lebanon’s Daniel Morad recorded 1m 30.816s
Frances Nicolas Prost ended the rookie session quickest with a time of 1m 33.149s
Kiwi’s Earl Bamber Final race fastest lap was 01m:27.569s
To maintain some level of respectability Kevin needs to at least match America’s time of 01m:35.130s
Nigel Mansells (Formula One) fastest lap set in 1993 was 1m:36.39s.

Between record attempts members of the public will be able to purchase tickets and try their hand at racing in the SimDeck race car simulator and set their own record attempt.

Actual on board cameras from drivers at the Kyalami Circuit.

The demonstrations will be an apt reminder for the public, that driving is a skill needing constant assessment, whether it is a Formula Driver or a family driver. Sadly as this bulletin is being posted tonight, five people have just been killed in the south of Auckland in wet dark conditions taking a corner to fast. Some will say it was an accident, I would say it is an error of judgment. The NZ Government places a cost of $5,000,000 for each death on our roads – a huge cost on the community. Maybe it is time the Government started to seriously consider driving simulators as part of the training and licensing regime. They are a common training tool in many areas and in some places compulsory. Given that licensing costs are about to increase for ACC, maybe its time to stop leaching motorists and improve driving skills by giving them real tools to learn. Leave your thoughts, I’d be interested to hear them and for further indepth thoughts I have blogged here about the role of professional simulators in teaching drivers to drive their family car.

Chelsea School set to become a high speed Formual One race track

SimDeck Formula Simulators is set to appear at the Chelsea School on Auckland’s North Shore to bring high speed racing in the schools annual School Fair. It will be a fun day allowing students, parents and public to experience some unique high speed Formula Race car simulation allowing them to create their own Formula One experience.

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There will be a wide range of stalls, garage sale, attractions, BBQ and bargains galore. We are expecting an eager crowd of budding drivers keen to impress and who knows plan for a career to follow in the steps of NZ’s motorsports champions.

It will be a great fun day full of high speed crashes, Dad’s with bruised egos and students who live in a digital world wanting to challenge their teachers on an international Formula One GP life like race track.

SimDeck Formula Simulators has a launched a fund raising partnership pogramme for Auckland schools to both create awareness of the SimDeck experience and at the same time raise funds to supplement the schools budget and special projects. By combining the world’s largest spectator sport, Formula One racing in a virtual reality world using actual race cars, has got to be the fastest school fund raiser ever to appear down the road.

School Fairs have become a standard feature of school life to raise badly needed funds each year to supplement their Government Grants. Read about the difficulties most schools face in this alarming story published in the NZ Herald newspaper.

Schools interested in utlilising the Formula PET250 Simulator race car are invited to contact SimDeck Formula Simulators on Tel 09-414 2348

Available for Auctions, School Fairs.

SimDeck’s sister division has launched the Out Door Cinema Fund Raiser Experience. Click here for brochure download.For further details contact ICE AV Technology Ltd Tel 443 7531

F1 World Champion Photo Gallery

Nice collection of race cars over the years.

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Get into Top Gear with SimDeck

Great fun, very addictive!

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The Top 10 Worst F1 Crashes Ever

Dedicated to the many famous and not so famous drivers who pushed the limits of speed, machine and control. To those who have worked to make the greatest spectator sport safer for drivers and audience.

Bugger. I wish it was only a bad dream.

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Virtual World crashes can be just as dramatic ending in the same result, carnage over the track, drivers dismissed from teams and oh so spectacular dismantling of machinery with sheer force, gravity and impact…tools your local mechanic might use if your not watching when he hits than stubborn bolt. No offence meant for our splendid mechanics and pit crews.

One of the aspects we observe when novice drivers take a simulator race car around the track is their inability to judge the rapid use of brakes, gears and acceleration, especially when they enter corners, chicanes etc. Though after about 10 minutes the confidence to travel 250kph + and to negotiate the corners and establishing drive lines begins to improve.

Driving an open cockpit car such as the Formula 1, A1GP, Indy 500 cars are akin to driving a rocket, plane, car all packaged in one package. For most though the visual rush of driving through a virtual or real world circuit at high speed is far removed from driving to their local super market. It is partly this adrenalin rush that excites many drivers in a SimDeck simulator. The relief a driver experiences after a virtual crash in a full size virtual world is often seen and heard as they realise their cockiness and over confidence has bought spells of laughter from the atching audience.

The great fear of course is that they will crash, however with circuit familiarity and driving skills and split second musicle memory skills, the ability to negotiate the circuit without crashing is greatly improved…until other cars appear of the circuit!

For those who have been affected by a car crash death, accident or injury this is not meant to belittle the impact. As one who has personally seen this we know that simulators have a very real world benefit in both racing and learning to drive. Many times it is driver judgement and level of driving ability that creates the carnage on our roads.

SimDeck to attempt speed record racing at the NZ Colour Fest

Plenty of activities for everyone.

Plenty of activities for everyone.

This unique and innovative outdoor art festival promotes quality art and artists, awarding excellence by way of reward in the field of art innovation and creativity. Its is a fun family day that children can enjoy.

The audience and participants will be entertained and interests held through the many stalls, including trade stands. The day will be filled with colour and live demonstrations with product suppliers, clowns, stilt walkers, graffiti art, slide shows and sideshow entertainment. With the international motorsports season having recently started with A1GP, Formula One is to start in March and the Indy series kicking off, plus the Euro Formula 3, SimDeck Formula Simulators will be there to add some high speed Formula 1 colour and action as one of the official supporters and promoters on the NZ Body Art Awards and related activities.

Lap Time Race Demonstration on the Kyalami Circuit.

Pro Sim Driver, Kevin Andreassend will also give demonstrations throughout the day, of racing on the South African Kyalami circuit where the latest A1GP event was held this pass weekend. Kevin will endeavour to match some of the fastest lap times set the previous weekend.
Final Race fastest lap: Monaco of 1.m 27.269s.
Fastest on Final Practice Day – Lebanon’s Daniel Morad recorded 1m 30.816s
Frances Nicolas Prost ended the rookie session quickest with a time of 1m 33.149s
Kiwi’s Earl Bamber Final race fastest lap was 01m:27.569s
To maintain some level of respectability Kevin needs to at least match America’s time of 01m:35.130s
Nigel Mansells (Formula One) fastest lap set in 1993 was 1m:36.39s.

Food and drinks will be available along with live music and creative dance & entertainment shows throughout the day.

This exceptional event has been initiated by The NZ Body Art Awards Team to foster, promote and extend the development of new art-forms throughout Auckland and New Zealand. We aim to inspire artists to look beyond the art that exists, to push their boundaries and create new concepts.

We acknowledge the high calibre of artists, models and tutors in the Auckland region that will enabled this festival to be an outstanding success. We compliment the artists as the thrill and buzz of these creations are the result of many hours of preparation, including timing, sculpting and designing the finished work.

The one-day interactive festival of colour is prelude to the international quality NZ Body Art Awards that has become the premier Body Art feature on the NZ calendar held in July 2009.

NZ Colour Fest Details
Date: 28 February, 2009
Location: Lake House Arts Centre, 37 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna
Cost: FREE to enjoy all the outdoor festivities, $5 to enter the NZ Face Painting Competition.
Tickets will be available to purchase rides in the Formula Simulator.

A Guy’s Day Out where he can feed his ego.

Our Guy’s Day Out is an event for you to get a bunch of your mates together for some new age social bonding at the race track in our virtual world.

EVERY GUY THINKS HE IS A GOOD DRIVER, THAT HE CAN EASILY OUT DRIVE HIS MATE. WELL, WE ARE GOING TO LAY DOWN A CHALLENGE TO THE GROUP THAT WILL SEE ONE DRIVER WIN $50 CASH. FROM MY POCKET TO YOURS. YOU’VE GOT NOTHING TO LOOSE EXCEPT YOUR EGO, BUT I COULD BE OUT OF $50 ! Read further down for details.

Ring around and get a group of friends, neigbours, club players, sports team folk together for an afternoon or evening of some fun racing together. We know that Kiwi guys are passionate about two things, motorsports and running the BBQ and so SimDeck gets you into Top Gear with this fun package that combine these two elements.

You provide the drinks, BBQ food and up to 12 enthusiastic drivers. We provide the venue, actual race car all set up and BBQ facilities. If you need Pit Girls to help you with your event we can supply some attractive and charming ladies at an additional cost. If required we have a 6m x 3m marque available.

Booking details
3 Hours duration. Extended time can be booked.
Each driver has approx 15 min spread thru the booking time
Prize for fastest driver who is able to beat me on Spa Franchorchamp. I’ll give $50 cash if the fastest driver amongst the group throughout the evening is able to beat my time.
We recommend no more than 12 drivers in a 3 hour event.
With less drivers drive time will be increased for each driver.
Cost $600 for the group up to 12 guys (or gals) for three hours.
If you have less drivers say around 6 drivers we can offer this programme for 2 hours at $500. Bonus challenge prize does not apply for 2 hour events.
Payment is based on one group payment and must be made at least 24 hours prior to the event.
This programme is suited for weekends only.

Between operating the BBQ, catching up with your mates over a drink, trying to impress them with your driving prowess, planning your excuses for such poor driving skills, observing the other drivers, you will spend a number of times on the track as you progress through circuit familarisation, qualifying and actual race laps.

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Get into top gear with SimDeck.

SimDeck gets into top gear with the latest promotion that is aimed at all ages. Boy racers may have their cars crushed for racing on the streets, Greg Murphy will drive at a wall in high speed, holiday cars race north and create a bottle neck at the Pohoi tunnel. SimDeck offers the Top Gear test circuit in the open wheeler simulator for Top Gear the TV Theatre Show at the Auckland leg of the world tour.

The new monthly SimDeck promotion each month is designed to bring all the above elements together to test a driver’s quick adaptation to a very fast vehicle, an unfamilar circuit and rapid responsive action. It will require accurate acceleration, braking, maintaining the perfect drive line, stepping through the gears in a rapid motion with accurate timing.

Each driver will be given five minutes to race. In this time they will need to establish familiarity with the circuit and to establish one lap as their fastest that will be recorded. Before they visit the SimDeck Formula facility drivers can download the simulation software for free and drive the formula car and circuit to get in some off line practice prior to booking your race slot. Just follow the download instructions.

Get into top gear with SimDeck Promotion Details
Cost – $5. Payable on site
Promo Duration – February
Requirement
– Steady hand
– Register on site prior to racing
– 10 years and older.
– Under 6ft tall
Prize – 60 minute simulator session with 3 friends.
Prize will be announced in first week of March on our web site and we will also contact you.
Winning driver’s race lap will be published on the internet
Booking your session
– Just ring the SimDeck Pit Office to see if your preferred time slot is available.
Rules and Details
No grid restarts.
All participants agree to have their photo, name and race video published.
All rights are retained by SimDeck Formula Simulators
Drivers can enter each month.
Drivers can only enter once per month.
Track to race on Blackwood Circuit
Vehicle – Formula Race vehicle
Duration format – Hotlap
Drivers are allowed to race as often as they wish offline before visiting SimDeck for their race.

We will be running this as a monthly race series competition so you’ll always be in top gear. For any boy racers who have had their cars crushed, get Mum to drop you off, Dad, if you’ve smashed your car in a crash out on Auckland streets, there is a bus stop 5 minutes away on Bush Road. For those who have lost their licence get on your bike in top gear to SimDeck Formula Simulators on Airborne Road in Albany. The Stig will be waiting to meet you and edge on to become the champion your Mum wants you to be.

Contact 09-414 2348 for any further information.

SIMDECK OPEN DAY – This Friday and Saturday

Ever dreamed of sitting in an actual formula race and taking it for a spin on a world famous circuit. To celebrate the upgrade of the SimDeck Formula Race Centre we are holding the first of a series of Open Days – Friday 6 and Saturday 7 February.

Relive the experience that saw Scott Dixon win the prestigous Murray Halberg Sportsman of the Year Award on Tuesday night for his amazing achievements at winning the 2008 Indy Car Series Championship – Amercia’s greatest racing spectacle. Come and experience high speed adrenalin rush in the life size and life like virtual SimDeck world.

SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR DADS – Here is something fun you can do with your son for FREE THIS WEEKEND.

We are looking forward for all boy racers, mums with a burning ambition to lay some rubber, youngsters who one day dream of owning their own race car, and adults reliving some lost dreams to step up to the challenge and try a few laps on a virtual race circuit in a Formula race car. Your chance to celebrate being a Kiwi Champion at our Waitangi Weekend Celebrations.

With speeds of over 300kph, split second timing, accurate driving lines and serious concentration we expect to see some nervous drivers taking the controls.

The Open Day is completely free to visit and run a few laps through out the day. A voluntary gold goin donation can be made that will be given to http://www.kidscan.org.nz. This will be a prelude to being part of and supporting the KidsCan television Big Night In telethon coming to your TV screen later in the year.

If you make a gold coin donation then you have a change to win a 60 minute sim session for four people. Challenge: Fastest driver on two laps at Pukekohe Circuit will be our winner

We want people to experience something very unique that previously has not been readily available in NZ. The enormous 2.5m wide virtual reality screen puts you into a full life size virtual world where you feel every bump of the road and shudder of the engine.

Recent visitors have been espousing how life like the experience is which is what we are aiming to achieve and to take the realism way beyond what people can re-create at home.

We are looking forward to a steady stream of drivers all day.
Just to add some edge and reputation at stake elements the fastest certified driver will win a 1 hour session for 4 people.

If you want to get a few tips on driving at high speed, then this link will help you get into the correct frame of mind…see you on the Starting Grid!
Location Unit 14, 6 Airborne Road, Albany, North Shore
Open Day Hours 9.30am – 4pm
Date Friday 6 and Saturday 7 February
Car parking – Please park out on the street and wander down to SimDeck. Lookout for the race driver on the balcony.
Cost – COMPLETELY FREE for a few laps.
Giving Forward – We will have an opportunity for you to make a voluntary gold coin donation which we will forward to http://www.kic.org.nz

Look out for our driver and you'll know you're in the right place, or if you can see the activity of visitors waiting their turn.

Look out for our driver and you'll know you're in the right place, or if you can see the activity of visitors waiting their turn.


Our Pit Manager reckons we need to have a BBQ susage sizzle going throughout the day so that will also be available so you can have a drink and bite whilst you wait to impress the crowds.

After appearing on national radio with Danny Watson on Radio 2ZB’s “Tech Tuesdays” programme this week talking about this uniquely kiwi experience, we have been told we could cause a traffic jam out on the street. Now that is kinda cool a virtual car race creating a real world traffic jam. Of course this fits right into our motto. “SimDeck creating the reality in virtual reality”.

So if you come along please wait your turn with a smile and everyone will get the chance to race…even if we need to run the Open Day again on another weekend.


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SimDeck Sim Centre upgrades in time for A1GP

We have been working on the upgrade programme here at the SimDeck Formula Simulator centre as we launch a number of new initiatives to bring the A1GP, Formula One and Indy500 experience alive for anyone prepared to take control of the wheel.

The larger centre channel ICE Digital Daytime Projection screen in place with the car parked up in the pit lane at Spa.

The larger centre channel ICE Digital Daytime Projection screen in place with the car parked up in the pit lane at Spa.

The SimDeck car bay now is a uniform scheme elminating visual distractions and the centre piece is a stunning 2.54m x 1.97m centre channel ICE Digital Daytime Screen. This center channel now almost fills the driver’s horizontal field of view and the typical sky in a virtual world is where it should be – above the drivers direct field of view!

Additional upgrades about to be implemented will be left and right channels providing a full visual immersion for the driver. The new upgrades timed perfectly with the Saturday qualifying round of A1GP’s Taupo Round and the first time this year of the new A1GP car GPS system. For visitors to the SimDeck Centre whilst racing in the various con-current circuits they will be able to keep up-to-date in real time with each of the actual countries car’s performance, position, gears, speed on the virtual dashboard.

An uncanny moment in American history did not go un-noticed down here at SimDeck. Whilst President Obama was swinging the paint roller in Washington DC we were doing the same here at the Formula Race car centre down under in NZ.

An uncanny moment in American history did not go un-noticed down here at SimDeck. Whilst President Obama was swinging the paint roller in Washington DC we were doing the same here at the Formula Race car centre down under in NZ.


Here at the SimDeck Simulation Training centre we have the most life like and realistic open cockpit race car simulator in New Zealand and will also serves as a demonstration centre for potenial business clients wanting to enter into the world of high speed simulation.

No its not President Obama pitching in with the roller brush, but sim driver Kevin putting on the finishing coat in the Sim Car Bay.

No its not President Obama pitching in with the roller brush, but sim driver Kevin putting on the finishing coat in the Sim Car Bay.

The realism has not been lost on many visitors when they realise that by wheeling the huge center display channel out of the way, that the SimDeck250 race car could actually be driven straightout the building and down the road. Overall it is part of the core vision of SimDeck …”we put the reality into virtual reality”.