Start of a new career and Scott’s autograph session.

Pro Sim Driver Kevin A wearing a Scott Dixon designed bandana in support of the fund raising campaign with Kids CanTeen.

Pro Sim Driver Kevin A wearing a Scott Dixon designed bandana in support of the fund raising campaign with Kids CanTeen.

Well we helped raise $100’s for the St Michael’s Roof Top Auction last night. The lucky bidder has the beginnings of a new career…so watch out Scott there is an up in coming mysterious challenger to your title 🙂

This morning we meet Scott Dixon again briefly on his way to Indy 500 in the Gold Coast. His adoring supporters were there for autographs as part of Scott’s support of Kids CanTeen, an organisation to help children with Cancer.

What must be frustrating for Scott and the CanTeen Trust is that certain NZ schools have banned all or certain coloured bandanna’s as the colours can be associated with gangs.

In a NZ TV street interview in Sth Auckland, many of the children knew that was associated with a certain scum bag gang (ed’s descriptive) It is a pity that the gangs don’t do something as worthy for kids suffering from cancer instead of their soul destroying activities of drug trade, violence, intimidation, prostitution, shootings and killings. Any low life can hide their face behind a bandanna, but with Scott championing the bandanna campaign so the kids can cover their bald heads, lets hope the meaning of a bandanna comes to mean hope, friendship and support. Make sure you support Scott’s example and head into Pak n Save or Repco to buy your colourful bandanna.

Scott Dixon Bandanna Poll
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Scott Dixon and SimDeck supporter and family member Jim Andreassend pose for a photo
Scott Dixon and SimDeck supporter and family member Jim Andreassend pose for a photo

 

 

The irony of the occassion was not lost on the watching audience as World Cahampion Indy 500 2008 recieves last minute briefing from racing in the seat simulator around the virtual Indy 500 track.

The irony of the occassion was not lost on the watching audience as World Cahampion Indy 500 2008 recieves last minute briefing from racing in the seat simulator around the virtual Indy 500 track.

Scott raced against folk in the Castrol branded gaming simulator race seat. In initial qualifying Scott set his leading score and was beaten during the morning, however like a champ in the final 3 lap race Scott came out as a winner.

Scott gratefully recieves an unexpected gift from former 1950's race car driver Vincent Martin. The book covers the history up to 1960, well before Scott was even born. The next volume is surely going to feature Scott ... many times!

Scott gratefully recieves an unexpected gift from former 1950 era race car driver Vincent Martin

During the morning Scott was presented with an out of print book detailing the Indy 500 history up to 1960.  The book was presented by one time race driver Vincent Martin who was delighted that he was able to pass on the treasured book. No doubt Scott will find a place on the book case for some bed time stories read to him by his lovely wife Emma.

1950's Kiwi speed racer Vincent Martin was delighted to be able to pass on his treasured book that covered Indy 500 history up to 1960's. Who more appropriate to recieve it than fellow compatriot and driver Scott Dixon.

From one driver to another. In passing on the historic book Vincent was handing on a token for the next champion who has created a new era in motorsports history. Vincent recalled how he once drove around the Indy 500 track and his emotional visit to the Indy 500 Museum.

1950 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum: 4790 W. 16 St., Indianapolis (between the first and second turns at the south end of the racetrack infield); http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or 317-492-6747. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed Christmas) with extended hours in May (open whenever the gate is open). Adults, $3; ages 6-15, $1. The 15-minute narrated tour with a shuttle bus ride around the track is an additional $3. Also available are 90-minute tours of the grounds on selected dates; adults, $24 (includes museum admission).

Scott emerged the winner, pride intact before heading on to lunch with Grandma and Emma.

Scott emerged the winner, pride intact before heading on to lunch with Grandma and Emma.

This driver flew in especially to meet with Scott Dixon. As they say dare devils of a kind stick together.

This driver flew in especially to meet with Scott Dixon. As they say dare devils of a kind stick together.

Kiwi’s are a most eccentric bunch going by one of the visitors who came to get Scott’s autograph. This one arrived by his plane or was it a car.

Simdeck PET250 simulator race car brings Scott Dixon’s winning Indy 500 car alive.

SimDeck brings the Scott Dixon car alive. The SimDeck PET250 simulator recreated the virtual version of the Scott Dixon car and bought it to life on the Orchard Lake circuit. The simulator created a real buzz amongst those who took on the mantle of Scott Dixon in the virtual world as they endeavoured to maintain control and high speed. However Scott has nothing to worry about if he thought that his driver seat position in the Chip Gannasi Race Team was under challenge. The guests for the evening hosted by Honda were from Logistics company Jenner who had the priviledge of being entrusted with Scott's car to bring it from the USA and its return in a few days time.

SimDeck brings the Scott Dixon car alive. The SimDeck PET250 simulator recreated the virtual version of the Scott Dixon car and bought it to life on the Orchard Lake circuit. The simulator created a real buzz amongst those who took on the mantle of Scott Dixon in the virtual world as they endeavoured to maintain control and high speed. However Scott has nothing to worry about if he thought that his driver seat position in the Chip Gannasi Race Team was under challenge. The guests for the evening hosted by Honda were from Logistics company Jenner who had the priviledge of being entrusted with Scott's car to bring it from the USA and its return in a few days time.

Kevin congratulates his silent half on a Show well done before heading over to Honda and to bring the Scott Dixon Indy 500 experience alive.

Kevin congratulates his silent half on a Show well done before heading over to Honda and to bring the Scott Dixon Indy 500 experience alive.

The Scott Dixon Indy 500 car being loaded for display at Honda Newmarket dealership

The Scott Dixon Indy 500 car being loaded for display at Honda Newmarket dealership

In once in a life time opportunity the SimDeck PET250 open wheeler race car simulator is to be displayed in conjunction with the Honda powered Scott Dixon Indy 500 winning car. The Indy car was especially brought to NZ for the Auckland Speed Show and post show corporate promotions at the Newmarket Honda Dealership.

The cars will be on display for approximately 7 days, where the public can come to view the sleek form of the Indy car and then experience the May 2008 Indy 500 race in the Simdeck simulator driving a virtual version of Scott’s sim car. On Wedenesday and Thursday evening a two corporate functions will see numerous attempts as drivers endeavour to at least match Scott’s fastest lap time in the May race of:
Last lap 42.02.82
Best lap 40.47.19
Last lap speed – 214.14 mph

Steady boys!

Steady boys!


The chance to display alongside the Scott Dixon Indy car and then to bring it alive in the simulator with all the vibrations, noise and life size images is a unique chance that we are delighted to have accomplished.

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Speedshow crowds impressed by the Simdeck Simulator
The Simdeck Pet 250 simulator created a buzz amongst many visitors to the http://www.speedshow.co.nz expo here in Auckland last weekend. The event had many highlights, amongst those being meeting kiwi Scott Dixon the Indy Championship 2008 who made a flying visit to the show for about 4 hours. It was a delight to meet his Dad who confirmed that the show easily met international shows, howbeit on a smaller scale.

We will be posting a photo report, plus updating this report when we have a moment.

The opportunity to meet the man himself, and to congratulate him on his amazing motorsport achievements during 2008, exclusive autographs of his front page news, was cool part of the weekend.

The opportunity to meet the man himself, exclusive autographs of his front page news, was cool part of the weekend.

This Scott Dixon lookalike, dressed as Scotty Dixon, drove a car like Scott, but also could not driver like The ICE Man

This Scott Dixon lookalike, dressed as Scotty Dixon, drove a car like Scott, but also could not driver like The Man

Five days before a hectic race weekend…and counting down!!!

Well the time to head back on the track is fast approaching with the Speedshow here in Auckland.

SimDeck will recreate what will now go down in history as one of NZ’s most famous motorsports achievements when Scott Dixon won the May 2008 Indy 500. With Scott’s winning car on display and a scheduled appearance it only seemed fitting that we give visitors to the show a 0.01% taste on what that incredible achievement is and for Scott’s name to go into the realm of legends.

We have made some minor upgrades to the PET250 race car in the sensory department, and have further immediate plans after the Speedshow for an additional indepth integration in some areas that will further immerse drivers, audience and race management into the virtual world. So come race weekend we expect to see many egos bruised and reputations enhanced. We will try and have the photos and videos uploaded as soon as we can after next weekend.

Thank goodness the F1 was held in Monsa and not Houston! Evenso I see the pit garages were getting flooded with water due to a heavy downpour….anyone got a spare mop:-)

You may well ask is race simulation just for kids games and boys who have never grownup, or simply those who did not have the connections, dollars or opportunities to actually race cars in the real world. 

In a break between work, young Josh could not resist jumping in the tub for a few laps at Blackwood.

In a break between work, young Josh could not resist jumping in the tub for a few laps at Blackwood.

Most associate race simulation with gaming. In itself it would not be in-accurate to call it gaming, however the SimDeck experience and others, take this to a whole new dimension. Compare it to a $100 Microsoft Flight sim programme which is actually used to teach pilots how to fly, www.flightexperience.com,  however as with a Boeing or F16 fighter pilot who train in a simulator,  many race car drivers consider training in a race car simulator crucial to their skill development for winning in the real world. MacLaren race team have a simulator that have cost in the hundreds of $1,000 ..upwards of $2mil I recall. As for the Simdeck simulators these sell for well over what most people could afford for the family car. So yes there are similarities with the gaming industry and many aspects do intersect with the race simulation industry which is a whole new breed that we are implementing for entertainment, training, team building and the like.

As an example from our friends over at www.iracing.com BEDFORD, MA (29 May 2008) — What a difference a month (and some simulation time) makes — Ryan Dalziel and Henri Zogaib finished second in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series event at Virginia International Raceway in April. Less than four weeks later, following intensive pre-race preparation with iRacing simulation software, the pair drove their SAMAX BMW Riley Daytona Prototype to victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, a track that Zogaib had never even visited, much less driven.

To make the challenge that much greater, a fuel-cell leak wiped out the SAMAX team’s first practice session and much of the second, which left Zogaib, a Daytona Beach businessman, with only six laps of the circuit before he had to qualify. “It was immense pressure,” Zogaib recalled. “But with the time I spent in the simulator I was able to understand the track. I’m very pleased with the iRacing software; it was very informative in the specific details of all the corners. It gave me a level of comfort with the circuit that allowed me to do what I needed to do in a tough situation.”

A fascinating piece of simulation technology history reinforces, that race car simulation was first demonstrated and used in the 1960’s…well before computers were in common existance. First seen in public on global TV in one of the most high suspense TV series  where it featured for one episode. I’ll write about it in a future Diary entry, but it is a classic piece of history that resurfaced in recent years.

Post Show Comment: TV One Saturday 6pm news item closes with the SimDeck PET250 open wheeler race car simulator. Further full report with photos and videos will appear on this site.
Late breaking news also just released is the news that Graham McRae is relaunching his motorsports career. SimDeck hopes to have Graham in the PET250 simulator in the very near future…maybe we just might be able to give him a head start to get that precision edge back 😉

Now no entry in the the diary would be complete without some current TV replays, so check out some recent video broadcast of recent virtual world Grand Prix. These cars are being driven by real people in a virtual world and driving cars that mimic with stunning uncanny accuracy their real world counterparts. For the average person this footage could easily fool the average person into thinking this was a TV replay broadcast. So ok fellow racers prepare to impress there is a world-wide audience watching.

 

FSR 2008 WC
Hockenheim

Here at the SimDeck Sim centre we held some practice sessions on the Indy track over this last weekend with a full compilment of 2008 cars and are truely looking forward to see Scott Dixon visit the Speed Show and participate in a crowd drawing race.  Hey it is one thing to be able to win a realk world race…but can he win in the virtual world…the real test of any driver 🙂

FSR 2008 WC – Silverstone

Our new team member / driver Marcus dropped by and he gave the upgrade his approval. Our Junior Mentoring Programme is underway with young Josh spending Saturday afternoon here at the HQ Sim Office helping out and learning some new skills. Further progress ahs been made in fitting out the new sim area to cater for the demand ot manage private race parties, birthday events, driver training and demo’s for our growing list of corporate clients.

FSR 2008 WC – Round 10 Pro Series.

In a break between work, young Josh could not resist jumping in the tub for a few laps at Blackwood.

In a break between work, young Josh could not resist jumping in the tub for a few laps at Blackwood.

Well the time to head back on the track is fast approaching with the Speedshow here in Auckland and Scott Dixon’s winning Indy 500 car to be on display.

A Kiwi rules the US motorsports – wow!

Drama in Belgium and Chicago had the two top drivers in the world unable to sleep after their respective races.

Scott Dixon, who has now got to be the most eligible sports person for NZ’s top sports award – Halberg Awards, after his amazing win of the Indy Car Series 08 he and Emma would have been partying and celebrating long into the evening …the relief he must be now feeling that 2007 did not come back to haunt him. Fantastic win Scott and hope you win the NZ sports award later this year. The photo finish where he came second still secured him as the clear leader of the entire Indy Championship for 2008.

Fantastic effort Scott. Enjoy the feeling it must be amazing experience.

Fantastic effort Scott. Enjoy the feeling it must be amazing experience.

To celebrate Scotts win we are now running a special promotion for companies wanting to recreate the Indy experience for their next staff social, event or networking function. Details are on the Page links. The SimDeck PET250 full size race car simulator will create the drama at your next event and puts everyone in the hot seat.

Scott is returning to NZ for a private visit next week and will be visiting the Auckland Speedshow on the 20th September. www.speedshow.co.nz. We have an open invitation for Scott to see him demo that uncanny ability to take the winning flag. So be sure you’re at the show to see Scott in the SimDeck PET250 simulator when he visits. (His race in the SimDECK PET250 will be a spontaneous occurance) Visitors will be able to establish their race time to see if their egos can stay intact before an enthusiastic audience of motorsports fans.

Scott’s dreams were created in childhood and today became the brightest star in NZ motorsport where he conquered the greatest motorsports event in the USA…not bad for a Sunday afternoon drive where he also won $NZ3.22million dollars and the closest finish in Indy sports history.

Frustration reigns though in the McLaren camp and Lewis Hamilton must have been hoping it was all a bad dream when he eventually retired for the night, however I doubt if he got any sleep. Take a lap on the following video of this high speed circuit 40km from Brussels. Featuring the Eau Rouge corner it is a corner for those with steady nerves and the ability have your stomach in your mouth ! It is one of the courses we feature on the SimDeck PET250 simulator.

Kiwi’s can rise to the top of the US Motorsports and…. ?

Why is it that us Kiwi’s (well at least some) seem to perform and achieve our dreams despite our drop in the ocean population, spec of an island not far from the South Pole, lack of resources and budgets and understated she’ll be right attitude. Remember the film “The Fastest Indian”, why would some old guy near the wind swept beach, old enough to be anybody’s Grand Dad, in a rickety old garage, not a race team nearby – accept for the little kid next door think he can win the land speed record in the USA.

In my humble opinion I think it is the culmination of being the small kid on the block mentally that has been written into our national trait. Is it because we don’t know any better…who said Sir Ed could not be the first up Everest, or Rutherford could crack the nut of a atom and dear I say it, Richard Pearce near my home town on Timaru flew before the Wright Brothers. Des Britton designed and raced a motorbike he designed with No 8 wire. For those of you reading this not familiar with NZ culture…well No 8 wire is a phrase we use about making what we want with what we got. It is also the gauge of fence wire used on the thousands of paddocks keeping our 60 million sheep of the roads. So it comes as no great surprise on one hand that Scott Dixon as a young chubby faced kid here in Auckland believed that he could win the Indy 500 in a few years time…. and that was when he had to wearing cushion on his race city!! …. and why not. And yet despite this prevailing attitude, NZ has a high rate of teenage suicides which makes you ask the question why. Especially when we live in a relatively safe country compared to many places in the world, a can do attitude is fairly standard, kids in general have access to a safe environment, every child has an education (if they want it) and they’ll never be kidnapped and turned into child soldiers by 11 years old.

Fellow Aucklander Scott Dixon did us all proud earlier this year when he won the Indy 500. What an amazing effort from his earlier days, the financial heartache his motorsports caused his parents, the financial backing he got from a group of believers. Now Scott only needs eight points over Castroneves this morning (NZ time) as he heads into the Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway to wrap up his second IndyCar Championship. Last year he almost won it …. remember that fateful last corner when he ran out of gas … one of those moments in life when everything simply unwinds into one major disaster. I think we have all had one of those days when everything is just going along fine and dandy, and whamo, from left field comes the most unexpected that turns our world upside down. How do you manage those moments?

Dream your dreams and surely you’ll find the end of your rainbow

and this is what happens when you find it!…congratulations Scott !

Another Kiwi Driver heading for a stellar career.
I see that, yesterday in Bucharest, Brendon Hartley from my old city Palmerston North dominated the British Formula 3 by taking his 5th win. The runaway performance reignites his title challenge as he remains fourth overall, 28 points behind Turvey, but there are still 63 points to be won. Brendon in his his Red Bull Dallara Mercedes sprinted away from pole position blitzing his rivals in the 15 lap Romanian street race. Stellar performance that might just result in a Palmy teenager winning the British Formula 3 Championship.
Never heard of Brendon, well check out these TV clips…go Brendon, brmm brmm



Congratulations Brendon on winning yesterday morning at Bucharest. Keep the kiwi flag flying.

New Zealand Speed ShowExpo

The second Speed Expo in NZ is now looming up fast and will open on the 20 September at the ASB Showground, in Greenlane, Auckland. SimDeck will be present with the PET250 race car simulator where visitors will be able to buy race time.  The Speed Expo has grown substantially from its first outing last year. Recently confirmed is that Scott Dixon’s winning Indy 500 race car will be on display at the expo. An amazing win by a kiwi race champion and now the chance to get uo close and personal. Whispers have been heard that Scott might even make an appearance but nothing has been publicly confirmed.

Persistence will allow even the noice driver to achieve moderate improvement.

Persistence will allow even the novice driver to achieve moderate improvement.

Visit the expo web site at www.speedshow.co.nz to get the latest news. TV3 Video clip http://www.speedshow.co.nz/video.php

20-21 September, ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland.

Opening times
Saturday 20th September 2008
9.00am – 6.00pm:  Open to public

Sunday 21st September 2008
9.00am – 5.00pm:  Open to public
Admission
Adults:  $15
Students:  $12 (student ID required)
Children:  $10 (15 or under)
Family:  $40 (2 adults and 2 children under 16)

Bonus Voucher

As a small gift for visiting this Diary I would like to offer all drivers who buy race time in the simulator at the Speed Show Expos and extra two laps of race time. Simply print out this page and bring it with you.