Awesome, no Mario Kart games on the list. I could never understand the allure of those, personally. I’m generally not too cool for cartoony games, but a big turtle riding a trike is pushing it.
Would RC Pro Am qualify? . I guess you don’t really “drive” an RC car, but it’s one of my favourite racers of all time.
I’m inclined to suggest Daytona USA (arcade) and the original Gran Turismo (PS1), but I do so silently, lest I wind up on the business end of a citation from the Retro Police.
To me, retro racing games played in 2012 are very hit and miss, even if they were great when they were current. I really think the advent of hardware scaling as seen on the SNES and Lynx was an important breakthrough for driving games—without it, most of the games just look like crap. I did like Super Monaco GP on the Genny despite the choppy software scaling, but I can’t even stand to look at most racing games from the NES era (like Rad Racer… *shudder*).
I’m very glad Enduro made the list—one of my all time faves. I remember first seeing it when I was about 6 years old at my parents’ friends house, and being kind of intimidated by it. The roar of your machine in that game as you rev up through the gears doesn’t sound particularly realistic, but to my ears it still sounds more badass than the engine/exhaust sounds from most games that were released on home consoles all the way up through the mid-late 90’s.