OK, so you're the lunatic who wants to fly the GeeBee? Right, sit down
and we'll run through a few pre-flight details. Fliers of all ages and
nationalities are flocking to Buckeye, Ohio, for the air racing
competition of the century - the GeeBee Air Rally.
Racing against the clock, contestants strive to complete four courses
over eight game levels, accumulating points as they go. Each level is
more difficult than the last and the fourth course in each level is a
special low flying balloon popping or slalom event. Pilots get two
chances to complete each course in the time allotted.
To score the most points, pilots must stay on course and avoid any
mid-air collisions with other planes. The clock ticks faster if you stray off
course so watch how you fly.
It is possible to survive a midair mishap and resume racing but most
collisions eat up so much time that completing the course within the
limit becomes extremely difficult.
Pilots normally advance from one course to another and from one
level to the next only if they successfully complete the last course or
Takeoff With Gee Bee!
Yaeehaa! It's time for those daring young men and their flying
machines to take to the air again! Yup, the famous Cartwright Cup is
up for grabs and the world's fastest pilots all want to make sure this
coveted piece of silverware gets a place in their trophy cupboard. And
the winner might just be you!
OK, so the Cartwright Cup Classic was never held for real - but this
exciting computer simulation is based on the genuine air race epics
held in the USA during the 1930s.
And the fearsome aircraft you get to fly is based on the real GeeBee, a
purpose built air racer described by one pilot as an airborne coffin!
The GeeBee was the leading speed plane of the 1930's - but it wasn't
a pretty aircraft. Some people said it looked like an apple-barrel with
wings. It handled like an apple-barrel too - but the GeeBee was
lightning fast and pilots with the Right Stuff found they could win
races in it. Others were less fortunate, and the most dangerous plane
ever to take to the air claimed many lives.
GeeBee puts you in the hot seat of this 250mph aircraft. Have you
got the guts to win the Cartwright Cup? Can you control the beast
over 100 miles of airborne action? This air race isn't for the
squeamish. But if you want to experience the most exciting flight of
your life, read on!
Off To The Races - Playing Hints
Your altimeter, compass and speedometer appear, left to right, on
your control panel.
The allotted time for each race appears at the start of the race and
starts to tick down when the race begins.
Your points total appears in the upper right hand side of the screen -
except during the special balloon-popping events. (See scoring.)
To start racing, press and release the fire button. As you begin to pick
up speed, pull back on the joystick or use the pull-back key on the
keyboard. (See controls.)
To turn, move the joystick in the appropriate direction or use the correct
To dive, push forward on the joystick, or use the appropriate control keys.
Stay on course between pylons - you score points only while you stay
on course. Every time you stray off course the time clock runs at four
times normal speed.
As you steer between the pylons, you may find it useful to speed up for
wide turns and slow down for tight turns. Do this by climbing or diving.
When you drift off course, it's a good idea to slow down. You'll be able
to manoeuvre your GeeBee back on course more easily at slower speeds.
To avoid midair collisions, you can fly under; around and over other
If you crack-up in midair, you parachute safely to the ground. To
resume the race simply press the fire button, then take off again. You'll
start roughly from the point on the course where you left off.
If you fail to complete a course within the set time, you'll get a second
chance. If you fail a second time you'll have a chance to record your
cumulative score on the Top Finishers board (not on Amstrad cassette
Except during the special balloon-popping events you score points as
you cover the distance over each course. The more advanced the level
at which you're competing the more points you score per unit of
At the end of each race you complete, you also receive bonus points
in proportion to the amount of time left on the clock. In addition, a time
bonus is added to the allotted time on your next course - but only if
you succeed on your first attempt
During the balloon-popping events, you have to pop a certain number
of balloons before you start accumulating points. The number of
balloons you must pop appears in place of your score until you have
popped the required number. Then your score appears on screen and
you start earning extra points for every additional balloon popped.
When you fail to complete a course in the allotted time, the Top
Finishers screen appears, and you can add your name to the 15 all-
time top scorers.
If at any time after loading the game you don't race for 5 minutes, the
game will automatically go into a demo mode. To resume competition,
GeeBee Air Rally was created by Steve Cartwright
Spectrum version by Keith Burkhill Software
Produced by Software Studios
The following utilities are also available to allow you to edit the supplied screens of this game:
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