“SLO Worlds” represents a first in the history of this team. Basically, it’s the result of two extremely talented and well-known track makers who pooled their efforts to complete a single project. Of course, as a member of the team it represents more than just “another track”; it’s symbolic of the friendship and cooperation that exists on SLO. It’s certainly nothing new, for those are the very characteristics that have held this team together for almost three years now. Whenever something occurs that reminds me of the depth of our relationship as teammates and friends…well, I sorta get all misty lol.
Before I cover any of the particulars about “SLO Worlds”, let me first say that the two authors agreed to dedicate this track to ReplicaFan. This guy definitely went above and beyond the call of duty. He not only made personalized trucks for the SLO team members who didn’t have them, but he also crafted a few for those who did and were simply wanting a new look. On behalf of ALL of Team SLO I’d like to say thanks, RF – you’re the best, bud. Oh hey, do those new trucks come with the 6yr/60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty lol.
Well, since this is supposed to be a forum for track reviews, I guess I’d better make it look good and throw in a few words about “SLO Worlds”. It’s a rally that’s essentially divided up into 3 segments consisting of two distinct worlds. You begin the course in a somewhat mountainous, rich green forest with winding roads, subtle elevation changes, and a few angles thrown in for good measure. Although there’s nothing in the way of fancy models to draw your attention away from the road, my guess is you’ll appreciate the beautifully landscaped view. Don’t wait too long to take it all in though because it doesn’t last very long! : ) After a very short 45 second jaunt thru the forest, you transition into the “other” world, which is a direct contrast to the first portion. It has a barren, arid, dessert like quality to it, and its layout is dramatically different, catering more to those who love flat-out, raw speed. I would highly recommend avoiding complacency on this part of the track, however. Yes, overall it’s rather simplistic, but there are several corners that will rearrange your dental work if you don’t approach them with some semblance of caution lol. The final stage of the second half of “SLO Worlds” ends by crossing a rather unusual, but very impressive looking bridge that feeds into a dark cave, ultimately thrusting you back into the first half again.
This third segment is a bit more involved than the first, but the look is exactly the same: great landscaping, moderate elevation changes, lots and lots of trees, and kind of humid.
If you’re curious about who did what with respect to the different portions of the track, just send a $500 money order to Larry Copeland, 10013 S. 10th…lol. Actually Phineus asked how I knew which part Fila did (2nd stage) and which part Hotshoe was responsible for (1st & 3rd stages) during beta testing. I’m pretty observant of styles, and these two guys definitely have their own unique approaches to track making, so to me it was instantly apparent who was responsible for what. Oh, and they told me which parts they did, so that sort of helped as well lol. Ok, just kidding. : )
Underlying the great looking textures (a credit to Malibu350, no less) that make “SLO Worlds” so very easy on the eyes is the sense of speed this baby will give you. As I said earlier, it’s a rally, and initially it may seem a little long, but once you get the hang of the corners and learn how to <u>not</u> hit the rocks and checkpoints that are in close proximity to the road (dangerously so), you’ll whip thru it in no time. More importantly, you’ll enjoy ever second of it.
“SLO Worlds” most certainly highlights HotShoe’s ability to wow us with his artistry, and how he’s able to give racers a genuine sense of realism in his tracks. Fila, on the other hand…well, if you’ll indulge me for a moment while I make this review a bit personal… I’m so very proud of this kid. Yep, I know I’ve said it before, but he continues to amaze me with his track making maturity. I’ve seen every step he’s taken, and each time out he seems to learn more and more. It’s clear to me his craft is now very well developed, which fits quite nicely with his incredible work ethic.
This one chocked up a rock-solid “2”…I mean, “10”. Hehe sorry - was giving someone the time (2 o’clock lol). There’s really nothing to complain about – looks fantastic, flows very well, and it moves you along at a great pace…provided you steer clear of those dang rocks, that is lol. Exceptional individual efforts and superb “teamwork”, guys – awesome job!
Edited (03-11-2002) by SLO_COPE