Fast Lap: 00:51.56
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Garage Settings: 1300/1400 medium tires/soft suspension
</center>Uncle Jed and Clem are two of Phin's 109 alter egos, so even though Phin is the author, he probably doesn't know it lol.
Since I’m all caught up on track reviews, which I think is a first for me, I’ll drop back to 2003 and revisit a track that somehow got by me last year…one I happen to like quite a bit, actually. The story behind “Black Gold
” (an MTM 2 conversion of EVO-2 4X4’s “Black Gold”) is pretty interesting, and if you ask me (which no one did, but so what lol), I think Phin should’ve told it in a readme. I suppose you’d have to know Phin to understand his objections to readme’s in some cases. Then again, I know him and I still don’t understand. At any rate that’s why I’m here; to tell the stories he’s too afraid to tell lol.
“Black Gold”, like “Muskoka Road” served more as a means to an end rather than track making for the purpose of entertaining the MTM 2 community. I’m not suggesting he’s indifferent to the former, it’s just that “Black Gold” is a product of Phin’s prep work (in part) prior to making “Alphaville”…believe it or not. Also, and I’m sure he’ll correct me if I’m wrong, but I think “Black Gold” was also used to put the beta version of BinEdit 2 through its paces as well. That’s more gee-wiz info more than anything else. The story I’m mostly interested in telling has to do with the tracks themselves. Yes, that’s plural, and yes, it was intentional. You see, there are two versions of this track: “Black Gold” & “Black Gold Pro”. BGP was the original, however, the “Pro” portion of its title wasn’t added on until Phin yielded to Rep Fan’s constant whining and complaining about the track being too hard. Yep, that’s right – the rumors about him being a big baby are absotively true lol. Much to my disappointment Phin knuckled under to his constant nagging about the original version. I would have told the big sissy to stop whinin’ and either learn how to drive or go back to playing hopscotch. You know, sugarcoat it to avoid hurting his feelings, and yet still get the point across lol.
The differences between the two tracks come down to one word: width. On BGP the width between the checkpoint markers is narrow, as are the bridges, which combine to make for a deceptively tough run. Come to think of it, the track in general is narrow, thus opportunities for outright passing are almost nonexistent. I’d say the only chance for making a semi-clean pass on BGP is just after checkpoint four where you have to finesse the turn into checkpoint five. The key is to make the pass quickly, decisively. The reason why is on BGP checkpoint four is closer to checkpoint five (BGP CP-5
& BG CP-5
), and of course, the markers are closer together, hence you have less time to make the pass AND
line up your truck to get safely through the markers at checkpoint five. Typically people drift wide on that turn, so there should be an opportunity or two for a pass. You just have to ensure you don’t fall victim to that treacherous corner yourself. Finally, don’t forget about the bridges. Like I said, they’re pretty narrow—about the width of two monster trucks side-by-side, so be sure to center your truck on the road on the approach to a bridge. Suffice to say if two racers attempt to get across those bridges at the same time, someone’s going into the drink lol. Actually that’s not entirely true because it’s possible, but oh so unlikely.
The other difference between the two versions is the left turn into checkpoint six. On BGP the road is anything but smooth, so approaching the turn without forethought will surely yield undesirable results. The way to take that corner with respectable speed is to start your turn early and use the accelerator to help pull you through. It’s pretty difficult to explain, and probably tougher to visualize if you’re unaccustomed to using the accelerator to assist in cornering, but work at it—It’ll come. In fact, the same skill will come in handy as you pass through the start/finish line and start the left turn across the railroad tracks. It’s a nasty little corner just waiting to do some poor, unsuspecting racer in lol.
I’m partial to BGP because it’s challenging, and you’re never really assured a win, even if you have a sizeable lead on your opponent due to the all the potential hazards associated with the track. BG, on the other hand, is quite a bit easier to navigate through, but I’ve seen several pro racers crash and burn on it time and again lol. As I said, it’ a conversion (Phin’s 2nd – Barnyard 109 was his first), so the track is visually quite impressive, stunning even. Regardless of which you prefer, the Copey Rating says they’re both high-flying 10
s! Ultimately the real beauty of “Black Gold” is that it comes in two flavors, so there’s something for macho guys like yours truly…and mamby-pamby whimps like Rep Fan lol. I stole that “mamby-pamby” line from Yosemite Sam…just in case it sounded familiar lol.
Hehe yeah, this one’s late in coming, Phin, but I was determined to get to it. Again, I was pretty disappointed when you sold out to that spineless toad, Rep Fan, but in the end I think it all turn out pretty good. Just don’t do it again, ok? LOL great job, bud–an excellent pair of tracks…even though you never intended to make em.