Return to the Big Track
Like father like son ... Alex Maly
drives with dad Andrew. Wait for the real driving lessons to
Mike Dwyer and Rob Eastman move while
Cut Collins is obviously camera shy.
The 2010 WBC Formula 1 season saw another year of strong attendance.
Once again the tournament brought drivers from across the globe
to the racing capital of the world; Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
In the quiet countryside of hand churned butter, barn raising,
and finely crafted furniture; the excitement that is Formula
1 racing took over for two glorious days. Again using a two-heat
format with the top ten qualifiers advancing directly to the
Final gave racers a chance to play, have fun, and not need to
race for days on end to maybe make the semi-final if they produced
enough trade goods.
Each of the two heats had enough entrants to run boards containing
six to eight drivers. Players were allowed to sit at any table
of their choosing, eliminating lengthy randomization, while also
allowing players to sit with their friends and have fun at 200
MPH. Much like last year the heat tracks seemed to be mostly
Melbourne, a quick moving track that rewards good rolls, and
makes you try to keep pace with the leader. A missed turn can
take you from near victory to the back of the pack in a hurry.
Another track frequented in the heats was Monaco. Some technical
portions are favorable to good planning, but ground can easily
be gained if you have a miscue.
The 2010 Final returned to the large scale track last seen
in 2008. This year's featured track was a re-designed Hockenheim.
We used the new track expansion for Asmodee Games. The actual
Hockenheim underwent a major redesign in 2001, and now alternates
hosting the German Grand Prix with Nurburgring.
The starting grid was filled with ten unique race winners.
Another perk this year was I brought dozens of 1:64 scale GT
style cars to select, along with the 1:64 scale Formula 1 cars.
Every driver opted for the GT style. The start grid was filled
with machines ranging from VW GTi, '63 Corvette, Triumph TVR,
Dodge Viper, and Dodge Charger. Pit boxes were chosen, gear boxes
were thrashed, tires were shredded, and brakes were glowing red.
At the conclusion of the race defending champ Jason Levine
once again crossed the finish line first to wrack up his fourth
title which suggests either that the game is not as luck dependent
as some think or Jason should spend more time in Vegas. No one
walked away empty handed, as participants were allowed to take
home the very race cars they chose as a souvenir of the event.
Planning is already underway for a new Final track for 2011 and
I am considering adding an additional heat to allow more drivers
to take part in the Lancaster WBC Grand Prix.
GM Josh Githens outdid himself this
year with another giant track for the Final to make for a memorable
The huge course must have made long
arms a prerequisite for moving cars in the middle of the board.
Anyone got a pool cue?