[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Grand Prix Hair

April 9th, 2012 by Benj Edwards

Accolade Grand Prix Circuit Ad - 1988This makes me want to watch Top Gun for some reason.

This magazine ad for Accolade’s Grand Prix Circuit (1988) reminds us of a time when folks were less kind to their hair — and when sunglasses engulfed half of your face.

It also reminds me of how wonderful it was when racing games switched to polygon-based graphics. If any video game genre benefited most from the shift from sprites to 3D polygons, it was racing. I mourned the loss of 2D pixel art in just about every game style except racing games, where the freedom of movement afforded by 3D environments heralded a new dawn for the genre.

[ From Compute’s Gazette for Commodore Users, December 1988, p.2 ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: What did your hair look like in the 1980s? Bonus points if you can link to a 1980s photo of yourself!

6 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Grand Prix Hair”

  1. SirPaul Says:

    Sadly, in the 1980s, I had little to no choice in my hairstyle. I was pretty much just given a crew cut.

  2. Xyzzy Says:

    I pretty much kept my hair uncut and in a braid, like in this pic from 1988:

  3. Benj Edwards Says:

    Unless someone challenges, Xyzzy is top choice to win the 1980s Picture Contest of Champions.

  4. blendo75 Says:

    Loved this game. I used to cut these ads out of Run, VG&CE, Compute’s Gazzette, AmigaWorld, etc. This was one of the ones hanging on my wall.

  5. Tim Turner Says:

    Does anyone remember the intro screen to this game? The guitar riffs were incredible. They really put a lot of effort into that digitized music. I did play it on the C64, not sure if it was as good on other systems.

  6. Bart Says:

    I had this game for DOS! Copied the diskette from a friend. It had piracy protection, whereby you had to fill-in-the-blank in a sentence that was supposedly from the users manual. Most of the time I guessed correctly, and if I couldn’t, I would restart the game and get another question. GOOD TIMES!

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