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Choose one of six F1 cars (along with the driver) and race around a track as fast as you can.

Tail To Nose - Great Championship was produced by Video System Co. Ltd. in 1989.

Video System Co. Ltd. released 30 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1989. Video System Co. Ltd. was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Video System Co. Ltd. during the time period Tail To Nose - Great Championship was produced include: Mahjong Summer Story, Super Formula, Pipe Dream, Hatris, and F-1 Grand Prix


Name Tail To Nose - Great Championship
Developer Video System Co. Ltd. (Japan)
Year 1989
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10014
Class Wide Release
Genre Racing
Conversion Class JAMMA+
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Steering: Wheel
  • Pedals: 2
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

You choose one of six F1 Cars and get to select one of the two drivers. It is one of the few F1 games that runs in a standard JAMMA cabinet, but it can use a steering wheel and pedals. The game has a top-down view of the racing, with the track rotating rather then the car. Although you can race all 23 qualified drivers, only the eleven top drivers (the ones you can select) will give you any trouble. A map shows you where you are and where the top driver is.

Game Play

Before you start a race you must select what curcuit you want to Race on, You can select Silverstone (Speed), Sazuka (Technical + Speed), Detriot (Technical) these will be over four laps. You can also select Championship mode which you race around the said circuits over two laps and Monaco (very Technical) over four laps, but you must place sixth or better on each circuit to proceed to the next curcuit. You then have to qualify. Drive around the track to try to get the fastest possible time, but take too long and you will either not qualify or your will be game over before you even finish. The remaining eleven drivers will race you and will always take racing line, but they won't give you an inch. Touch a car and you will slow down, go off the track and you will slow down, turn on the grass and you will spin. Like most decent racing games you must learn how to brake and how to turn around corners. Belting round corners at high speed will send you spinning off the track, losing time. Crash too much (but you would have to be a very bad driver to do this) will retire the car and your game will be over.

You are also racing against the clock. You generally have a few seconds more then the basic lap record (which is an average time!!). Failure to pass the start / finish line in this time, then it is game over. When the clock hits zero it is game over, with no slowing down first. When you complete a lap, you come up against the back markers who get in your way and can cause you to lose places and time.

Finish sixth or better and you will continue to the next round. Get third and see a podium picture. Win and, well you'll just have to see!

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Based on the 1988 F1 Season, the game is not licensed, but the name changes are only slight: Lotos (Lotus), Mclarun (McLaren), Ferreri (Ferrari), Merci (March (Techincally Leyton House)), Willruns (Williams) and Benetten (Benetton). During the demo you get to see pictures of the car, drivers and their names. The drivers look exactly like who they should be.

1988 was the last season that turbo engines where used, so Lotos, Mclarun and Ferreri are the only teams to use them. March, Williams and Benetton used normally asprited engines, so the turbo teams have higher top speeds, but worse grip (they turn into corners worse). The non-turbos have lower top speeds and better grip (turn corners better).

The qualifed cars and times are based on the results of the 1988 season, so the qualifing places never change but your car is put where you qualified. The 1988 season was also the one where Mclaren won fifteen out of the sixteen races (Ferrari won the other race at Monza). However, in this game the winners can change every game.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Tail To Nose - Great Championship Census

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Scarce - There are 3 known instances of this machine owned by Tail To Nose - Great Championship collectors who are active members. Of these, 3 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

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the game uses 68000 and a Z80B CPUs.

You can connect two boards together by using one-to-one 9-pin D sockets.

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