Hey guys! I know that the Sim Racing Paddock blog has been getting a little dusty, so let’s shake off that dust and get excited for a new year! After the craziness that was 2017, let’s make 2018 a great year!
I’d like to thank everyone here for a GREAT 2017, and we got to see Sim Racing Paddock grow in leaps and bounds with the community! In the beginning of 2017, we had around 1,250 subscribers. As of December 31st, 2017, we had grown all the way to 11,750 subscribers!!! Thank you so much to everyone for helping the channel grow, and we definitely have no signs of slowing down! My goal for the end of 2018? 25,000 subscribers – I think we can pull it off!
One of the first major videos I have planned for 2018 is the review of the Thrustmaster T-GT Wheel. I have the video scripted, most of the B-Roll recorded, and I’m planning on recording the V.O. this evening. I’m hoping to get the video out by this Wednesday or Thursday. After that, I’m wanting to refresh my Wheel Buyer’s Guide for 2018, as 2017’s edition was a popular video among many racers.
This week I will be getting a new cockpit to review as well, and it’s a doozy: The Heusinkveld Engineering Sim Rig GT. Last year, I reviewed the Heusinkveld Engineering Sim Pedals Pro, and they are definitely one of my favorite sets of pedals I’ve ever tested. Now, I’ll be able to test this pedal set exactly as they are intended to be used, and I’m excited to see how the cockpit performs in the situation. I’m also looking to be reviewing some more cockpits in the upcoming year, including the GT Omega ART Racing Cockpit, and the RS6 from Trak Racer.
I know a lot of people have been asking me about the FeelVR Direct Drive Wheel that was announced late last year, which was one of the year’s surprising announcements. I have been talking with Denys Krutko, who is the head of FeelVR, and he is saying that he is hoping for me to be one of the first people to test out the racing wheel. Now, I’m still cautiously optimistic, in the “I’ll believe it when I’m driving it” mindset, but hopefully this pans out well!
EDIT: HOW DID I FORGET THIS?! I am planning on putting together a series about “Getting Started in Sim Racing”, and that will include a variety of different topics, including (but not limited to) building a PC for Sim Racing, learning basic driving techniques, and Racecraft. I think it will be a great series for everyone, not just beginners.
In additions to managing the Youtube Channel, I am going to try to resume manning the blog site on here, but I’ll admit, it is a bit of a challenge for one man to be managing the site and channel alone. Ideally, I’d like to try to bring one or two people on to help with the site, and help it grow. I don’t have too much to offer in terms of payment, but I can definitely try to offer compensation and some perks along with it! If you are interested in joining the Sim Racing Paddock team (either on the site/channel/forums side), shoot me an email at “firstname.lastname@example.org“! I’d love to bring some more people in 😀
Also, if you want to join in on the community side, we also have the Sim Racing Paddock Forums as well as the Sim Racing Paddock Discord Channel where you can join in with the community! I’m also going to be making some merchandise in the near future, so you could get some cool Sim Racing Apparel! 😀
2018 is only a few weeks old, and I think it will be a great year! What do you think? Let us know what you’d like to see from SRP in 2018 😀