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Where's This Bandwagon Headed?
I bought God of War for the PS2 after spending Friday afternoon watching casseross own at it.  I'd not owned any PS2 game like this before, so it's new to me (I only owned Guitar Hero 2 and various racing games).  Actually, I lie, I have Lego Star Wars, while cool, it doesn't really compare.

I played through it on Saturday afternoon getting used to the controls and the actions and had a lot of fun - I had the benefit of knowing where to go, after having watched DJ.

As I mentioned, Friday (a day off work) was spent reformatting my PC and downloading patches for Windows (Thanks DJ).  My PC was starting to get a bit flakey and slow, so I decided to nuke it and start again.  Afterall, it had been 2.5 years since I'd done it.  These days, however, I'm not using it very much, mostly from not being connected to any form of internet at the moment.  If I use our dialup, I use our Laptop in the loungeroom.  The only times I actually use my PC is at The LAN (go sign up Andrew!). 

Another reason for not using it is that my nose is buried in the HP7 book.  I've been reading it as much as I used to play WoW, staying up till 1am or later.  I'm almost done, I've reached a very exciting part in the last quarter of the book.  So far it's been a fantastic book, I'm thoroughly enjoying it.  I've also thought a few times that to make it into a movie like the 5 (soon to be 6) before it is going to be huge - kind of like Lord-of-the-Rings-scale huge.

Sunday, I spent up at the Bathurst Light Car Club Hill Climb marshalling.  Once again, I'm a crash magnet.  The only crash of the day occurring right on my point.  It wasn't bad; a Holden Commodore HSV GTS spinning up the dipper and kissing the wall.  Still, a few thousand dollars worth of damage though.  The winner was a Nissan Sylvia that was very quick up through the essses.  It was always watching the class 1 cars (normal registerable road cars), especially this '91 Mitsubishi Lancer that had too soft suspension for the esses/dipper, and each run we thought he'd slide straight into the wall, but didn't.
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God of War 2 is better, if you like the first one, the second will rock your world.

I can send you a slipstreamed Windows XP SP2 CD with the latest patches, WGA, DX9.0C and WMP10 on it as of Jul 17 - Saving around 60mb of downloads, not including IE7.

Class 1 Road registered? Is there any other restrictions? I figure you'll have to put a fire extinguisher and wear a helmet. But the thing that always put turbo cars off was the requirement of a restrictor.

I'd make the trip up if I could run my car up the hill as is - The restrictor would severely hamper it and I couldn't be assed (not to mention the $100ish entry fee).

That WinXP disc would save a lot of time, wouldn't be a bad idea.

With BLCC events, all you need to enter is a CAMS approved helmet (most motorcycle helmets would be fine I think), a fire extinguisher and money (entry and if you crash it :P). There could be other things, but they wouldn't be hard, someone was running an old EH Falcon wagon with no modifications.

The classes break the cars into their types, and then are split into engine sizes after that. Your car would be Class 1 over 3000cc. The scrutineer would place you in the correct class before the competition starts.

There was a local guy with his R33 skyline competing, but a WRX won that class. You could hear a lot of cars hit their restrictor/rev limiter going up the dipper.


How are the classes/engine sizes broken down?

Class 1 - Non modified road-registered cars
Class 2 - Modified road-registered cars
Class 3 - Cant remember
Class 4 - Sports sedans (street car modified, roll cage, wrap seat and non standard wheels (eg slicks) - usually can't be road-registered)
Class 5 - Can't remember
Class SV - Special Vehicles

The classes are then broken in to engine sizes, usually 1300-2000cc, 2000-3000cc and above 3000cc

I'll try and get the proper list from somewhere.

Just remembered, type 5 (they're types not classes) are open wheelers.

Type 3 are another sort of modified sports sedan, but not like type 4. There's some clarification between them that I can't seem to remember yet.

Coming up through the Dipper into the Esses is tricky, you need to keep the car in the power band for the esses and in MOST cars it involves holding 3rd.

Was the 33 modded (or for that matter, the wrx)?

I know the whole class system and multipler for forced induction/rotaries. Problem with Forced induction multiplier is that it doesn't scale to the amount of Boost you have, which is why they started calling for the 36mm restrictor.

Last I was there the class most people were in was 3J.

And when the dipper is reverse camber (because of the opposite direction) it's even trickier.

The R33 was in Class 1 above 3000cc so that means it wasn't.

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