Race for Your (Second) Life

by Coco St. George If you’re a car fan, Second Life® definitely is the place you want to be. Not only because you can buy a car for as little as […]

by Coco St. George 
If you’re a car fan, Second Life® definitely is the place you want to be. Not only because you can buy a car for as little as fifty cents (real, American-dollar cents, mind you, but still), but also because if you are a true fan you can even build your own car. You don’t believe me? Take a look at my red sports car: five prims and a script I found on the Internet at Outworldz. That’s an offer you can’t resist.

Now, I’m aware not everybody leans toward the do-it-yourself confession (and also, that most would like a nice-looking car, not a simple box with a script). But, as I said, there are a lot of places, both in world and on the marketplace, where you can find a nice, drive-able, car.

Selecting a car is not very different from finding a life partner: you want it not only to be good-looking, but also physically fitted to yourself, and, of course, easily controllable. Surely you don’t want to be thrown into an unruly spin every time you come to a sim border.

You may be tempted to go vintage and select something like this:

And indeed you could find appropriated themed sims to drive your car in the Roaring 1920’s, like Chicago, Shepham Estates (129, 224, 23) and Berlin, Berlin Project (243,224, 1929). Right after you step out from the train station in Berlin, you can get a free car and drive around that beautiful city.

Of course, you may be in a different mood, feeling an urge to smash and destroy. If that’s the case, you belong to a demolition derby, and you’ll find a very decent one at Sarbo City , Sarbo (194, 239, 3522). There you’ll find instructions to get a, yes!, smash-able and destroy-able car (L$100 in the Market Place).

But maybe you are more inclined towards a more daring experience, something to put your finger skills to test. Fear not, for there’s something for you too, this time in the form of races. If that’s the case, then you should point your teleporter to Racers Island, Racers Island (111, 120, 235), where you will find not one or two, but nineteen tracks to try your car, each one with a different theme. And of course, there are also free cars in case your SL gigs aren’t putting enough bacon on your table, and you have to depend on the kindness of strangers. There’s also a shopping area, where you can fulfill all your racing needs, from a really speed car to that cute outfit that will make every other pilot cringe with envy.

Other pilots, I said? Of course! You are there to race other car fans, just like you, and to show them your mastery of the racing techniques. And now that you’re in this mood, let me give you a piece of advice: don’t go full throttle every time you see a car speeding ahead of you. You risk entering a wormhole and ending at the bottom of the sea, three sims away. “Chi va piano, va lontano,” say the Italians, who know that ultimately, a slow jog gets you farther than a quick dash. Drive at your own pace and you’ll have the added fun of watching the other competitors fall through the cracks of the road, many of them never to be seen again.

Coco St. George, Writer & Photographer