LAI SEGA OutRun Restoration Update 6

Last weekend my wife kindly helped my take the cabinet for a ride from the garage to the house. It wasn’t an easy process as it had to go along the road (where several cars passed us) and down a second driveway at around a 40 deg drop. Then it had to go down and up a few stairs. It was kinda scary and I had a feeling that we would all end up in a heap at the bottom of the house. I’m happy to say we all survived !
The cab is now in the house and my wife couldn’t be happier …..mmmm #arcadewife 
I lined up the side art and found it needed trimming around the top curves. After taping  it down to the cab I used a specially crafted piece of Lego taped to a pencil to mark a 6mm line around the edges and then trimmed it.
The final result came out really well and there’s a nice even edge between the side art and the Newly fitted T-Molding.

I will do a further update to this post later this weekend with progress to the CP.

Finally after many many hours of work it’s starting to all come together.

OutRun Resortation Page

Times are busy right now and I quite often think about the lack of updates that my site has had in the last 12months. Things will pick up but I think that the site has pretty much achieved what it was set out to do and that was to be a place for people to go to and find lots of information, picture and weirded mechanise for this brilliant game.

OutRun is 30 years old this year and when you’ve spent several years pulling everything OutRun together I’ve found that now there’s not too much to share that’s good to see or read about.

I hope for the 30th anniversary of OutRun something special will happen… New merchandise? Game? Who knows.

I’m spending many hours a month right now restoring my Australian OutRun upright that has been partially funded by the people who visit this site and give donations, for that I thank everyone who has supported.

I will update the Restoration page frequently and as major updates happen. You can follow this through the menu or here > https://outrun86.wordpress.com/9-5-lai-upright-outrun-restoration/

Thanks,

Sean

https://outrun86.wordpress.com/9-5-lai-upright-outrun-restoration/

The Real Shenmue Arcade

If you were like me back when the Japanese Dreamcast was out you picked up the Japanese Shenmue game. I couldn’t read Japanese so you spent a fair amount of time knocking on doors hoping that you’d find the right person to progress the story.

As you travelled down the street you came across a building call “You Arcade“. The doors slid open and you could here familiar arcade noises from games like Space Harrier, Hang On and OutRun.
I personally spent a lot of my Shenmue time in the arcade, it was a Yu Suzuki fans dream.

As fan of all of these games my ultimate dream would be to one day own these machine in a games room just like the You Arcade.

Some wonderful SEGA fans are already turning there dreams into a reality and the results are amazing.

Here’s a one that I’ve come across in recent months …..

This place below was put together by a SEGA fan in Japan who goes by the name on Twitter as @SHlove766 (SpaceHarrierLove)
Over many, many months he’s been restoring Space Harrier and OutRun and building an awesome surrounding to these games and more. Here some photos of his amazing room.
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I will post some more next week, in the mean time Follow @SHlove766 on Twitter to see the progress of his arcade.

Click on the link here to see more great examples >> The Real Shenmue Arcade Page

OutRun used in General Motors Drink Driving awareness video (Circa 1988)

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During the start up of this blog I had heard about GM making a Drink Driving video that featured OutRun. I had never seen it or been able to locate it online.
Today I managed to find it and watch it so I will post some screen grabs and a link to the video for you all to see.

The video oozes the 1980’s and that OutRun cab looks soooo shiny and new.

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Nice side art!

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Above – this is what driving OutRun looks like when your drunk

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It will look similar to wearing the wrong prescription glasses!!

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Here’s the link below. You will need to start the video at 8 minutes in.

General Motors Drink Driving Video

OutRun Restoration Project by Ray Barley (Aus)

Ray picked up an Australian LAI OutRun cabinet this year when he saw it on Gumtree going cheap. Here’s some pictures of the condition when he picked it up.

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As you can see the whole machine needed a good clean, the side art was shot and some of the features like the screen bezel and steering wheel emblem need work.

Several months later Ray sent me these photo and I was amazed at the transformation.

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It’s great to see a good clean upright LAI with the red side panels , front coin and pedal surround variation, there’s definitely not many left around.