On Saturday the 15th of December 2018 we had our first THR race.
This means that THR will be 3 years old in a few days and we have experienced a lot in these three years:
Our first race was held with the GPL Mod at Silverstone and we had 4 Racers on track. Our race format in the first weeks was to run as many 20-minute races in a row as we were able to.
Our first regular driver was Ben Barson. Thanks a lot for showing that the community idea was not that bad.
Our AC server
The first races were hosted on Duderei's home server.
But we quickly moved to a professional hoster.
The first entry in our STracker Database is from 2018-12-25.
After that we changed the hoster 2 times until we moved to a rented LinuxMachine (Thanks franglais) which runs the ServerManager and 5 AC-Servers.
Races in THR
Over the 3 years, 691 different drivers have raced on our servers.
They drove 41,344 laps and a lot of kilometers.
We had around 145 official events and many uncounted races around them.
We have completed 13 championships and 2 are still running.
Our former champions can be seen on the Wall of Champions.
The Discord Server has been set up on 2018-12-07.
Our first member besides Dude and me joined on 2018-12-14.
Currently we have 1,025 Members. Some of them are very quiet or bots, but no matter what time of day, there are always around 150 members online.
What I find crazy is that I have written nearly 18,000 messages in Discord.
The Website followed a little later. The first entry is from 2019-01-17.
It contains 171 pages and 237 news and I wrote more than 61,456 Words.
Funfact: You will need around 4 hours to read them all.
To represent our races I have made 104 posters.
Our Website has more than 71,000 visits and more than 270,000 views.
The most successfull page ist the news page with 37,764 views, followed by the GPL Mod page with 27,995 views.
Nearly 1 year after our foundation we started our Youtube-Channel on 2019-02-17.
At first we started with a short PromoVideo which was made by Bo Stamper.
Another year later we started to stream our races and with the help of Klopstick and Ted we produced another brilliant PromoVideo which has been watched 1.133 times since then.
To celebrate the start of our fifth GPL championship, Greg produced another stunning video which has been watched 357 times until today.
The channel contains more than 159 videos/streams and has 280 followers.
It was visited 19,455 times and more than 1.000 hours of our videos were viewed.
Besides of the above we have a Facebook site, which get not much attention from our side, but has 306 followers, cause of the website news which get posted on Facebook automatically.
Also an unused Twitch Channel, an equally unused Instagram Account and some other cool things which I might have forgotten.
We opened our own THR shop on 12/21/2022.
The idea behind the store was to send prizes to our championship winners / participants.
Since the opening we have donated 10 prices to our members and on top of that sold around 25 products.
It doesn't sound like much 😉 but those who have ordered are very satisfied with the quality of the products.
By the way, we have a 15% discount for the next to days.
If you plan to buy something and need help with it:
Organizational but cool things
In the last year we have implemented some very cool things:
> We use it beyond its proper limits, but it works great.
- THR Race Control
> Active THR members form a group which checks all first lap incidents and the ones which get reported.
- Change of our race format
> Coming from 20 minute races, we implemented a weekday qualifying and switched to 60 minute races.
- WKDY Races
> We implemented races which happen on Wednesdays. The combinations of track and car are community based.
- THR Academy
> It is in it´s early stages, but we want to support newcomers who are not yet familiar with the vintage cars.
- THR is present at Simracing.gp
> Simracing seem to be an interesting alternative to our own server, but currently it is limited. Let´s see where it goes.
- etc., etc.
I want to send out a very special thank you to the members of the Orga - Group.
You take work from me and support me in thoughts regarding the developement of THR and you help me to find good decisions.
You are a great help for me!!!
I would also like to thank the members of THR Race Control. Most members do not see how much time the members of Race Control invest.
It's great that you guys take the job so seriously!
Many thanks also to the Flashor, franglais and Greg who plan and set up the WKDY races.
We had a lot of fun in the races, keep up the good work!
A special thanks also to Greg for creating such great THR videos last year.
I always enjoy watching the promo videos and the hits and comments show how good they are!
And I bet I forgot to mention other supporters.
Therefore, I thank everyone who has supported THR's work.
The most important part of THR > YOU
But the most important thing is the community that has grown up around THR.
I could never have imagined where we have arrived today (after 3 years), but it is still fun to invest time in THR.
It is fun to be connected with you and to race with you.
It was/is an honor to meet some people who are very well known in the world of simracing.
For example Sergio Loro, Bazza, Dave Esotic, Fat-Alfie, Ilja aka x4fab, Chris Haye, Sir Spats Gaming, LilSki and many others.
THR eats tons of hours, but it still feels like a success story.
I think we have established ourselves very well in the simracing scene.
I know that this only works cause of our members and it works cause I got support from you.
It is also nice to see, that you help each other in Discord and that you respect each other.
I appreciate that very much!
I would also like to thank those who have made a donation via Paypal or started to be a Patreon of THR!
Thank you very much for helping me, for racing with us and for being a part of [THR]!
Your [THR] pitman
I plan to celebrate the 3rd birthday and here is how:
Detailed information on both races will be published in the next days.
The servers for the first THR anniversary race are open...
- THR |1| for testing the different GPL cars
- THR |Quali + Race| for you qualifying laptimes
Registration can be done here:
What I wish for the THR´s 3rd anniversary?
It would be awesome if we manage to have 2 races with full starting grids and a lot of race action and fun.
Besides of that, it would be great if THR continues to grow like this and we can celebrate the next anniversary in a year!
We will postpone the GPL and TCL championship for the birthday races and as usual we will have a short christmas break.