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Gran Turismo and its creator honoured with street names in Australia and Spain

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Ahead of the launch of Gran Turismo 6 this Friday, December 6th, not only has the long-running realistic racing series been recognised in the city of Bathurst, Australia with a street named after the franchise, but the series creator and steward Kazunori Yamauchi has been similarly immortalised with a street name in Ronda, Spain.

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Thanks to Gran Turismo 6′s inclusion of the famous Mount Panorama race track found in Bathurst, an internal street has been named ‘Gran Turismo Drive.’ Kazunori Yamauchi said of the honour:

“We are extremely proud to be acknowledged by the City of Bathurst for the years of dedication we have invested in recreating Mount Panorama in Gran Turismo 6.”

“Since its inception 15 years ago,” Yamauchi continued, “Gran Turismo has listened to fan feedback and added extra features so that we now offer 1,200 cars and 33 circuits from all across the world. It seems only right that the legendary Mount Panorama circuit is included as fans will now have a chance to drive one of the toughest tracks out there. With Mount Panorama immortalised in the Gran Turismo series, it is now truly remarkable to see GT immortalised on The Mount itself.”

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In addition, Yamauchi himself has been honoured in Ronda, Spain as “one of Ronda’s most high-profile streets” and “a walkway next to the famous ‘Puente Nuevo’ bridge” has been named ‘Paseo de Kazunori Yamauchi,’ as revealed by the city’s mayor, Maria de la Paz Fernandez Lobato.

“The street is close to two others named after cultural icons, film director Orson Welles and author Ernest Hemingway, both of whom had a close association with the city,” writes Sony. “The exalted company for living-legend Yamauchi-san, is testament to the growing cultural impact of computer games.”

Gran Turismo 6 includes Ronda in the game’s Photo Mode, which lets you customise the place and position of your in-game vehicles around the city to be captured in a high definition image. Not only that, but the Course Maker feature of Gran Turismo 6 also includes the surroundings of Ronda to be used while customising your own tracks, and the private race circuit, the Ascari Race Resort, is also located near to the city and featured in the game.

Yamauchi commented on this unique honour thus:

“I feel so grateful to the city of Ronda for this honour. It is very special to see my name on the street, and especially when I know that Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway are around the corner – what incredible company. I know that I still have much work to do to be worthy of their status.

“Gran Turismo 6, of which I am very proud, is the latest step in a journey that will continue and develop even further in future.”


Do you have plans to pick up Gran Turismo 6 this week, and check out Ronda and its Ascari Race Resort track, as well as the Mount Panorama circuit?


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