North Shore Racing to the Finish Line in the F1 Hot Seat

Racing to the finish line, the crowds hung on as the suspense built, eager to see who could pull away from the starting grid and take the lead. Which of the finalists in the Westpac Enterprise North Shore Business Excellence Awards would be a winner.

On the 6 August more than 300 North Shore business people gathered together at a function at North Harbour Stadium to congratulate the 36 finalists for the Awards. They found themselves not only in the business hot seat, but literally in the hot seat of a Formula 1 race car simulator with their egos on the line. The eventual winner whom finally emerged at the end of a high speed evening was Aaron Tudor from Rad9 Computer Services. He was able to display a steady hand at following the optimum drive line, knowing when to brake and accelerate that eventually saw him blitz the other rookie drivers to take the coveted “Fastest Finalist.

The evening recognised the Awards’ 17 North Shore-based sponsors, that will shortly lead into the Gala Dinner on 28 August when the Awards winners for the Westpac Enterprise North Shore Business Excellence Awards will be announced.

Terry Hoskins, chief executive of primary co-sponsor, Enterprise North Shore commented “The evening’s success shows the abundance of committed optimism in the North Shore business community, at a time when it is needed most,” says “The interest shown by businesses at the Finalist Function and in the Awards overall shows the dedication and commitment of North Shore enterprises towards the economic success of the City,” he says.

Westpac general manager of business banking, Ian Blair stated, “We look forward to unveiling the overall winners at the Gala Dinner and showing Westpac’s continued support for the North Shore community.”

“Westpac is delighted to be a primary sponsor of the North Shore business awards which is the ultimate recognition of local business greatness,” says In its 12 year history of the Westpac Enterprise North Shore Business Excellence Awards, 2009 is the most successful with a record breaking 158 entrants taking up the challenge to demonstrate their business success.

Simdeck Formula Simulators sister activity ICE AV Technology Ltd has previously entered the Westpac Enterprise North Shore Business Excellence Awards.

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Time Out Biz Conference to Feature SimDeck Simulator

Time Out – The Conference and not the time for kiddies to take a break, will feature the SimDeck PET250 Race Car simulator in the Aotea Event Centre in downtown Auckland.

The Time Conference Virtual Grand Prix will pit Speaker against Speaker and Delegates.

The Time Conference Virtual Grand Prix will pit Speaker against Speaker and Delegates.

The venue will be a bit of a challenge to get the vehicle in due to a slight problem …yep you guess it when the building was built the designers placed a supporting post for the above floor slap bang in the middle of the race track, well actually down the corridor leading off the loading bay doors.  Anyway a few dollars in the hand and we have been assured all will be catered for on Thursday when we set the race car up.

Time Out Conference  http://www.timeconvention.co.nz/

We will be finding out who really is the best driver as we re-create the Singapore night time Formula One Grand Prix from last weekend. Will petrol be spilled out again in the pits and will there be a suprise winner.

SimDeck is partnering with the Corporate Event Guide Publishers to entertain delegates as we put them thru their paces during the breaks, proving why Corporate Event Guide Judges nominated SimDeck Formula Simulators for the People’s Choice as the best Team Building Activity in NZ.

Check out the list of top business development speakers.  http://www.timeconvention.co.nz/celebrity-speakers-showcase/

We will be putting each of the speakers into the open cockpit Formula One styled race car and testing to see whether NZ Internet Guru Debbie-Mayo Smith is as good on the race track as she is at getting people online, or Bill James the ultimate networker – does he connect more people than he does barrier fences. My bets are with Aaron Fleming, The Ironman who had a collapsed lung told he would never be physically active again and went on to race competitively internationally…sounds like he has the attributes of a Champion,  Wayne Tempero who has spent his life protecting the super rich and famous maybe just the man to have around though if Weijun Collins emerges the winner on the day. Her childhood was destroyed when the Chinese Communist Government denounced her father. She spent years working under harsh conditions, living in a cave with little to eat or drink. After managing to escape, Weijun’s life took many twists and turns. These and other speakers will keep delegates on the edge of the seat.

So if you need to know a little background on the Singapore F1 GP check out this site.

Want to know more about the real world details of an F1 race car that we replicate in our virtual world, then visit here.

This is what we will be re-creating in a virtual world…“>

Interested in the SimDeck race car at your conference to entertain the delegates, then call race HQ on Tel 09-444-6-111 to discuss how we can bring a completely new dimension to a conference theme.
Post Event endorsement
Hi Kevin
We want to thankyou for bringing your racing car to TIME.
It added a unique and memorable aspect to the day.
We definitely hope to work with you in the future.
All the best
Ashley & Sharon
Corporate Event Guide

SimDeck Simulators make a enthusiastic hit at the Speed Show

The SimDeck PET250 and smaller PET110 Race Car Simulators are enthusiastically received by every age group at the Speed Show in Auckland. A steady stream of drivers impressed and entertained a constant audience of some very skilled and not so skilled drivers race in the USA Orchard Circuit. The simulator system built by SimDeck delivers a very unique and life like experience, of which many drivers said it was very realistic delivering all the vibrations and and concentration of the real world experience.

Drink n' Drive is not as dangerous as most believe! It is never to late, or for that matter to early to begin to appreciate the skills of drivinbg a car.

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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.

Purchase the Autobiography of one very cool driver – Scott Dixon – $NZ36.99 + shipping …
Indy to Indy

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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.

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iRacing Launches Advanced Motorsport Simulation

Blurring real world and virtual racing in the PET250 model car

Blurring real world and virtual racing in the PET250 model car

The following announcement from iracing is another significant step in the development of the rapidly growing international race simulation world, which gives my career and business opportunities for continued growth. Without the virtual tracks being built and championships being created we’re headed for the bitside junk heap.

So thanks to Henry and John my future is glowing even brighter as another championship winner will be taking on drivers and teams from around the world.

Last night at a business meeting I was chatting over drinks and the comment was made that the person in the discussion had no idea that pro race car drivers regularly practice in simulators rather than the actual track. His comments were interesting in two ways… when one becomes involved having a career as a simulation race car driver you tend to think people would realise, that just like the Boeing, Virgin, Air NZ pilots who constantly train in simulators, that the same equally applies to top end race car drivers who do the same. So the public perception of race car simulation as a training tool is still low on the horizon. With the wwwiracing.com launch it further enhances and promotes our industry. However this is now no game but serious business with dollars, careers and wealth at stake.

 iRacing’s Motorsport Simulation and Internet Racing Service Driver Development Tool Now Available to Auto Racing Community and General Public

BEDFORD, MA. (August 26, 2008) – iRacing.com Motorsport Simulations today announced the general launch of its much-anticipated subscription-based auto racing simulation and internet racing service.  After four years of development and testing, virtually anyone anywhere in the world with a PC, high-speed internet access and a set of automotive-style wheel-and-pedal controls can develop his or her race-driving skills and also compete in the newest form of global motorsport – real-time, online competition, known as internet racing.

The announcement of iRacing’s public launch was made at noon today by iRacing’s co-founders and owners, John Henry, who is also principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, and Dave Kaemmer, a pioneer of motorsport simulation technology with more than 20 years experience in the field. 

“This is a moment that Dave and I have eagerly envisioned, from the day in 2004 when we started iRacing.com,” said Henry, who is also principal owner of Fenway Sports Group, co-owner of NASCAR’s Roush Fenway Racing.  “Development of the simulation and the service and the addition of more cars and tracks is and will be a continual process, but opening the service to all comers is an important milestone in the life of the company.”

iRacing.com was founded in September of 2004 by Dave Kaemmer and John Henry. Kaemmer was co-founder of Papyrus Design Group, developers of award-winning racing simulations including NASCAR Racing: 2003 Season and Grand Prix Legends. Henry is principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Group – the co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing – as well as an avid simracer. The iRacing.com team combines more than 100 years of real-world racing experience with more than 50 years of successful racing simulation development.