In case you hadn't found out yourself by now; High Gear
is a website about racing sims for the PC. We take great pride in
providing you with the latest news on the newest racing sims, but
it doesn't stop with news. We have previews, reviews, screenshots,
articles, a very big High Gear Forums community, a download section
and much more. Have a browse around and see what every section is
We're all fans of the racing sim genre and we're not
affiliated with any publisher or developer. We believe highly in
giving you our honest opinion and when a game is not very good,
then we'll tell you that. We buy almost all the games we review
ourselves, so we'll be reviewing the versions you can buy in the
stores as well.
The name "High Gear" has been around on the
Web since November 1997. The site was originally an offl-line competition
for Ubisoft's F1 Racing Simulation. It was run by Lennart Vissers
and Kenneth Verburg, but was closed again in June 1998. Then came
the idea to set up a site concentrating solely on racing sims for
the PC. A site run by gamers for gamers.
In August 1998 High Gear launched at www.racingsims.com
and was an immediate success. Unfortunately we hadn't had the best
hand in picking our provider and the site went offline again after
about a month. But that didn't quite stop Kenneth from working on
a new layout and joining the Gamer's Alliance network. We also changed
domain names and have since then always used www.simracingnews.com.
High Gear was re-launched again on October 1st, 1998
and we have been providing the Latest News on the Newest Racing
Sims every since. On April 1st, 2001 High Gear joined the GameSpy
network to be hosted by SportPlanet.
Today you're looking at a site run by a dedicated group of sim racers.
A site which aims to be your #1 source for news on racing sims and
we hope you agree with us that we're on the right away.
Read more on the story behind the
site in this GameSpy
Who are we?
- Site owner and Editor-in-Chief (currently taking some earned rest)
A 19-year old student in his place-of-birth; Dordrecht, The
Netherlands. A long, long time ago...well, about 2.5 years ago
anyway... he had a dream and moved into high gear to launch his
own sim racing site. In good-old Dutch fashion of not ever wanting
to give up, he has been running the site every since. He now lives
in Almere, where he's studying "Information Engineering".
While most of his time during the week is spend on study and (even
more) on maintaining the site, he still finds some time to wave
with flags at reckless drivers at the famous world-class racing
circuit in Zandvoort in a stylish-looking orange overall. Uhm?
- PHP Script master and overall administrator
Peter is part of the same class and currently lives in Delft,
where he is taking courses in Electrical Engeneering at the Technical
University of Delft. He was born a couple of kilometres away from
Kenneth in the wonderful village (his own words) of 's-Gravendeel
(now try saying that 10 times). He's the resident PHP script master,
making sure High Gear is as interactive as it is today. He also
likes yelling a lot when Kenneth screws up one of his scripts again
when he's "experimenting".
Iain Head -
Australian reporter and administrator
Iain is our Australian reporter and keeps us updated on everything
that's happening in Oz. He also is a very active moderator of the
High Gear Forums and administrator on both the main site as well
as on the forums..
- Another Dutch contribution and administrator
A person that knows what he is doing with websites and a welcome
addition to our team. He will screen news, reviews and other items
that come in, just like the others. He is also an administrator
on both the forums and the main site.
Tom Pabst -
US contributing editor
Tom Pabst, not the Thomas Pabst from tomshardware.com, has been
part of High Gear almost since the beginning. Tom is one of the
most actice members of the simracing community and we're very proud
to be associated with him.
We'd like to thank Stefan Petrovic for all his
work on the site's layout the past two years. We understand he's
moved on to University and that it is taking away all this free
time, but we appreciate everything he has done for the site. Thanks
Stefan and hopefully you'll join us again soon!
We'd also like to thankTony "orbital" Wyss,
Sports Genre Producer at GameSpy
for his great work on our logo!