Welcome @ Team History
Here you’ll find short overviews of all the years of the Triple7Racing team. There happened lots of more things in the past that can’t all be written about, but we are sure you can gain an insight in our turbulent past.
Triple7Racing was founded on the 30th July 2004 by Fordman and EMD. Fordman, who first raced for one of the mothers of all LFS racing teams “Boomerang Rapido” and later with EMD in the “British Racing Team”, felt in mid 2004 that they had to leave this team and start their own LFS team.
That’s how all began. They both thought about a cool name and as three sevens are the lucky cards, they also thought this would bring the team some luck on the tracks. Triple7Racing (T7R) was born.
Our founders had a lot of ideas in mind about how a good team should be led (democratic leadership, drivers could only be invited, always try to be fair on and off the tracks, no pressure to win when racing but have fun and friendship, etc.)
After a short while the first skins and the first website were made by EMD and the next members were chosen. Lippy who was a close friend to them followed, then Interceptor, Three_Jump, Deano and BBO. They formed the first 7 drivers of the team and worked hard together to make the team better and competitive on the track and it was clear that the website and the forums had to change to handle a growing team. And we also found our very first server sponsor M4Driving in the first year.
We also had an announcement the day Triple7Racing started on LFS-Radio.
Yes there once was an LFS Radio station.
Listen to the LFS Radio anouncement:
The pictures of 2004:
A lot of other great guys followed the call from T7R one after another (like Bismarck or Sparkydave to just name a few) Over the next year they all worked together on various things. Deano was hosting the first T7R Scotland team server, Lippy was creating and hosting the next website and new forums and also hosted sometimes his famous “T7R| Lippy’s world“ server and we also had a triple7racing chat channel on mirc.
Our famous T7R internal championship (TRIC) was also held in 2005 for the first time and Interceptor won it, right in front of Bismarck and Three_Jump on the 3rd.
We changed our team tag that year as well from the plain white text with blue square brackets to the brand new look. Blue T7R, a yellow streak (unfortunately LFS does not support orange in the name colours) and the name in white at the end.
In October 2005 we changed again our skin design and that, together with a lot of hard work, brought us many good positions in the LFS Team Awards 2005. Our liveries won us the “Best looking LFS Team” award and our team spirit and “motto” (always try to be fair and friendly) brought us „The Friendliest LFS Team” award as well, next to some more community awards.
BBO and Fordman also initiated the relaunch and administrated later together with other admins from many well known teams the new Clean Racers Club (CRC) that year, which was necessary to prevent wreckers till LFS S2 was leaving the demo state.
And Fordman was the main organizer of the first LFS real life kart meeting held in the UK together with the LFS devs. Where our drivers Lippy and Three_Jump made the 2nd place right in front of the devs Victor and Scawen himself.
Fordy also worked as an Admin together with Three_Jump for the ESL UK and was mainly responsible for the ESL UK Live for Speed Summer Cup in 2005 which was won by one of our british drivers SparkyDave.
And last but not least we celebrated our 1st birthday in England at the 1st T7R-Team meeting with Fordman as kind host.
Here are some pictures of 2005:
From the Motor Show in London England in 2005 (MPH’05) over the EAS show in Vienna Austria in 2006 our drivers Fordman and Tristan promoted LFS wherever they could together with the Cyberseat Simulator. Here is a little video made by our member Fordman about the MPh’05 Show.
In July 2006 we had to change the complete website and forums software once again to handle the still growing team and to also get a little more protection as we had been hacked a few times in the last years (looks like there are always envier when you are successful). The change was mainly done by VTX who is also our main and biggest sponsor with his Bnext IT solutions company. Special thanks for that Barry.
There was also the 2nd kart meeting in the UK that year and Fordman (acting as entertainer and cameraman) took part together with Danowat and Lippy. Our Triple7Racing Team logo slightly changed the colours in 2006 as well. Now instead of the blue, orange and black we got blue orange and grey.
We drove our first Masters of Endurance (MoE) races in 2006 and our team took again part in various other leagues and events and helped to organize leagues others held (The Danish Racing Cup for example). We always helped others with our knowledge and experience in league racing and organizing things or writing news. Also our famous race reports were copied with permission directly to the OLFSL
Then we published our famous Darkwood movie. Were we all raced with special night sky textures and an internal light addon to simulate how LFS could look like when there would be real night racing implemented.
BBO had a little idea and invented the first internal team setup website that year. Deano then took the idea and created something really great out of it. A setup station written in .php which he shared later with the whole LFS community. And we instantly took his version and implemented it into our website.
Then there was the ESL UK ERRC league where SparkyDave finished in 3rd and our member Simon “No_One” Murphy won the championship. And our 2nd internal championship (TRIC II) was held over the year this time: Three_Jump won it, Bismarck was 2nd and BBO finished 3rd on the podium.
Here are pictures of 2006:
We also published our famous Darkwood movie this year. Were we all raced with special night sky textures and an internal light addon to simulate how LFS could look like when there would be real night racing implemented.
As the team was still growing we decided to create the new team manager position in 2007. To better organize the team work and to quickly find decisions if necessary. Dan (Danowat), Jan (Three Jump) and Bernd (BBO) were chosen to be the first three managers of Triple7Racing.
In June 2007 we found another big sponsor for our Team “500 servers” who provided us for a long time with a Teamspeak and an LFS racing server.
To give something back Triple 7 Racing also sponsored that year the LFS4FREE event that was held by Danowat where Demo drivers could win a S2 license.
The rest of the year a lot of the team memebrs concentrated on only one big league: Masters of Endurance (MoE). We tried hard to get a better final result in that season and we showed that we learned from the small mistakes we made in our very first endurance racing year.
In 2007 after the leaving of Gopher04 who was together with EMD and P1LOT our team skinner, Gavin (P1LOT) took over the complete skinning work and created us a new livery. With the new skins we also wanted to get away from the growing numbers of individual skins (multiple 20 drivers with 20 car skins then you know why). So he worked on a new design with new sponsor logos etc. In the end we didn’t get away from the personal skins but maybe we’ll change that later someday.
Sparkydave achieved something special that year. He dominated the CTRA with it’s thousands of drivers almost the whole year and had the first place in the international drivers rankings. Because of time problems he couldn’t stay on the top there in the last month of the year but everyone already noticed that he ruled them all. He later got also an award from the CTRA for his awesome performance, which also made the T7R team once more very proud.
Next to the leaving of the founders of T7R (Fordman and EMD) we also had a big internal restructuring going on that year. Which was absolutely necessary because we had already 21 members back then. The forums had to be cleaned up and restructured and the growing work had to be distributed more clearly. Oh and Morcs had a brainwave and created our famous T7R mascot. Mr. Chimpleton which made it on some of the skins and early design studies. But we never really used it so it somehow disappeared a short while after.
Some pictures of the year 2007:
In this year Tristan Cliffe and Nikimere two of our real life racers left us because work like the Irish motorsport website from Niki that took to much time or the real life Formula 3 car racing from Tristan that needed more time. Next to them there also left a lot more mainly due to the same reasons. Slow development of LFS, lack of motivation and real life stuff that has to be done. That was a sad time.
Jan (Three Jump) and Bernd (BBO) were again chosen to take the management position in Triple 7 Racing and also led the team to one of the biggest successes in the history of T7R. Finally they got something out of their work and finished together with the rest of the Team the MoE season 2007/2008 on the 3rd place in the GT2 class.
Next to that drivers were involved in other leagues like the Road Sport Winter Cup or the Gentlemen’s Cup we also made our own little league this year. With the Triple-Double-Cup we gave some new drivers the chance to also get in touch with our team to maybe get a seat in the Triple7Racing Team but other then in the Gentlemen’s Cup where we spotted and recruited Kristian (Sir Pingo), we found no one that was worth the invitation.
A few pictures of 2008.
The racing season was still running and we had our first nice team result in one of the ATC 60 laps Grand Prix. Jan, Kristian and Bernd showed how to drive the GTI dominated the Race and finished with a triple podium.
We raced some more ATC Grands Prix this year and as always the races were very clean and we’ve experienced very close wheel to wheel racing. And got some more victories there. It’s always a pleasure to race against our friends from ATC. And guys whenever there is aother ATC GP try to race there too, it’s worth it.
On the 30th of July in 2009 we celebrate our 5th Birthday and whoever was in an online Team, Clan, Club etc. before knows that 5 years is still a very long time in the internet and a great achievement but our plans are to still race on a few more years.
We also started an internal discussion about a new team logo and new team colours and skins but it looks like all the work that has to be done there will take a long time.
At the end of the year we started in the endurance league GTAL 2009/2010 to let our guest driver from F1RST Racing learn a bit from a long established team that raced in the Masters of Endurance and got some good experience over the last years. We also made a special skin for that with an early version of the new skins that should someday be our new livery.
Here are the pictures of 2009.
We started this year in the Road Sport Cup which was originally invented by one of our former members Danowat. Our RAC specialist P1LOT raced for the fun of it and did some nice results in the RACEABOUT (RAC). But he also experiencend some bad luck with lag and disconnections but all in all he said it was great fun while it lasted.
We also raced again in the ATC 60 LAP Grands Prix this year and got some pretty good results there too. In example Three_Jump made the 2nd place in the first race and Sir. Pingo took the 1st on the podium in the 2nd race of the season. Looks like the ATC events are still a good place to drive for our Triple7Racing guys.
Later that year many wondered why we at Triple7Racing pulled out of the Gand Touring Amateur league (GTAL) while we were leading the championships. To make it short we didn’t wanted to comply the claims that our guest driver from F1RST Racing had. So we pulled out to let him drive for another Team, as this would not have been possible for him if we stayed in the league.
Last but not least we are all still waiting for the next big patch of Live for Speed but it looks like this will also take much longer than we all expected. Like our skins and logo plans too. Many of us started to do other things in the meantime and race a bit less than usual, we played other games, bought new cars and did lots of other real life stuff.
Lets also not forget that we still grew again as a Team in times where lots of other bigger and smaller racing teams closed their doors for ever, we got another fine young man from Denmark to join our team as a trial member. After a short while Tomas ( Tumz(DK) ) joined our little family and got the full membership of Triple7Racing.
Some pictures out of 2010.
We finally managed to work on our new website design this year. We changed not that much but enough to get nearer to our planned coporate design where the car, the logo and the website colours matches together.
We also started again at an ATC 60 Laps Grand Prix where BBO made the 3rd place at Aston Club with his XFR. while other Teammates got a bit bad luck and already crashed in the 2nd corner of this long race. But to be honest we all didn’t raced much this year or started in leagues at all. Well lets see what the next year will bring us.
A few pictures of the year 2011.
How time flies: Some members of our team have teenage kids now, while others got married and having their first baby, while the next one is studying at the university, some are self employed and some make oneself scarce and so on. And with the lack of a big Live for Speed patch it’s getting harder from year to year to find the free time and the commitment to race on. But we still try.
We got another smaller LFS Patch this year which fixes various things but we still wait for the VWS and new tracks but the new physics and tyre model take longer then we all thought.
In the meantime we finished our own work that also took much longer than we all thought. But right before the end of the year we now got all our things done: New Website colours , Logo and all the Skins.
A special thank you goes to P1LOT and BBO for doing lots of the work and for the patience all the others had while this was taking so long.
In the end it was a really quiet year for us when it comes to racing but lets wait and see what the next new year will bring us. We are looking forward to it.
A few pictures of 2012.
To be honest this was the most quiet year in the history of Triple7Racing. We all didn’t raced that much or spent time with Live for Speed. But we are still there.
We finally got an old friend back in 2013. Shaun Clarke one of the original founders of Triple7Racing who left us in 2007 found his way back to the game and to his former team. Fordman joined again Triple7Racing as a member and is also hosting an LFS race server.
Next to that another new driver joined us but as we all raced not that much some of us have not even met him online. Shame on us.
We also heared that our biggest sponsor VTX is moving with his company so we had to look for a new website, forum and server home and while doing that we also thought about making everything new and shiny. We keep you informed about all this early next year.
Here are some pictures of 2013.
We finally moved with our website and forum from the Netherlands to another nice country called Germany. Thanks again to Barry (VTX) for sponsoring us and doing the hosting all those years. You are a really great guy!
With the server change BBO was managing we also changed our website and forumsoftware to finally get rid of all those bot attacks. So we only kept a few things from the old site like the famous team interviews and some other stuff. We couldn’t keep the old forums which already had over 1600 topics and more then 17300 posts in total. But we hope you like the new design of the site and the forum as much as the old one and we are able to reach again so much posts and topics etc. with it.
We slightly updated the website and the forum once again to get enough room for Assetto Corsa and other things like our Game Reviews that should get updated every once in a while.
Behind closed doors we sorted out lots a things and plans for the future of Triple7Racing. Like getting new racing servers for AC and close down the LFS racing servers we had for so many years, as no one in the Team really drives LFS regularly anymore. It was again a year that was characterized by internal work and not so much public relations activities.
Some Pictures of 2014
Another year and T7R is still around and still got ideas and plans. We got a lot things sorted and while Assetto Corsa went into the final version we started with running two Assetto Corsa Racing Servers.
Fordman moved for a short time over to SimRacingPro and worked for them a bit and we also loaned one T7R server to them for a racing league.
While BBO worked again on changing the website. He added a Download Section for registered users where you can find all sorts of things like Assetto Corsa cars, tracks, apps etc.
We also changed the forum structure again to integrate AC way more then it was before and separated the News into categories (AC-News, LFS-News, Team Interviews, Game Reviews).
Then there are the new statistics pages that show all the stats for the T7R AC Racing Servers and lots of more small changes. But we also still have an eye on Live for Speed which got another update and a remodeled “new” Westhill track and 3D mode for Oculus Rift users, after lots of test patches.
T7R also celebrated another birthday this year. We are now 11 years old. What a nice achievement for an online racing team.
We got an old and a new member joining our Team: Our good old friend Barry (VTX) Kostjens joined us again and Kris (Festa_PWR) Vickers also joined the T7R staff members.
The latest changes were again made to our homepage, now it has video backgrounds.Why? Because it looks cool and fresh and displays now a bit more of what we do. We as a team are drivers doing things for drivers. So we hope you like it.
We also started a litte single event series for Assetto Corsa: Monday Night Racing (MNR)
Triple7Racing is since 2015 officially a club
Yes, a real club, in the real world. Even so we are an international team for more than eleven years and see ourselves as an international club, we’ve chosen the United Kingdom as our main base. And we are very proud that we joined the AEMC, and are now offically a member of the Association of Eastern Motor Clubs (AEMC). The AEMC is our regional association created by the Motor Sports Association (MSA) for the purpose of co-ordinating motor sport affairs in their respective areas in the UK.
A few pictures of 2015.
Another milestone for the Team. As the first pure PC based simracing team ever, we have managed to become recognized by the MSA UK. Triple7Racing is now an approved organisation by the Motor Sports Association (MSA), which is the sole national governing body for four-wheel motor sport in the UK, recognised by the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
A new staff member joined our ranks. Federico (Strazen) Strazullo our first French teammate is now part of Triple7Racing.
Here are some pictures of 2016