(Topic ID: 250905)

Possibly Rare EM Pinball Machine “Hard Race”

By retrojon87

1 year ago

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#1 1 year ago

I’m trying to gather as much info as I can on this game, it’s made by A.M.I from Italy. I haven’t seen anything about this game on the internet any where. I’m hoping someone can help me out with any info you may have it. Also I don’t plan on keeping this forever so if anyone has any interest I will be selling or trading, much prefer to trade. Thanks again

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#2 1 year ago

Looks kinda like a bastardized version of GTB Spin Out.
Some artwork similarities and similar layout but with drop targets instead of roto target.

Actually upon closer inspection, layout is not that similar,
except for racing theme and copycat Gordon Morison artwork


#3 1 year ago

Looks like the Love child of 69’ Road Race and a 75’ Spin Out.

#4 1 year ago

According to IPDB, AMI made machines from 1975 to 1977. A Italian manufacturer. That 'Hard Race' is not listed on the IPDB, but there is a 4 player called 'Hot Race', though the playfields are different, the cabinet art work looks the same.

#5 1 year ago

Please send pictures in to IPDB if you haven't already done so.

Unlike some Italian EM games, only one of those score reels is phony. Can you tell us about the score adjustments? Maybe post a picture of the instruction card and the relay side of the lightbox panel?
.................David Marston

#6 1 year ago

Nice game, and first 1,000,000 point E.M. that I have seen.

#7 1 year ago
Quoted from chad:

Nice game, and first 1,000,000 point E.M. that I have seen.

Looks like all of A.M.I one player games are 1,000,000. Very cool find. Need to get pics and info up on IPDB.

#8 1 year ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

Looks kinda like a bastardized version of GTB Spin Out.
Some artwork similarities and similar layout but with drop targets instead of roto target.

That was my thought too, very cool find.

#9 1 year ago

Tell us the story behind it on how you came across it.


#10 1 year ago

That's really cool; great find! Yeah, get some pix to Jay at IPDB. There's always a new "species" to be found out there.

#11 1 year ago

Hey, bring it to York. I'm sure no one has ever played one before. We'd love to give it a try.

#12 1 year ago

The owner has contacted me with many nice high-resolution images. I am talking with Federico Croci about it.

The only dummy reel is the one's digit. The reverse side of the backglass does not have additional silkscreened scoring like other Italian glasses do, which makes sense because here we have reel scoring already into the millions.The five red flags on the backglass hide silkscreened stars which was the typical and discreet way of indicating extra balls back then in Italy. Artist is Mike Martinelli who did a lot of Italian pinball artwork and I'll be showing a close-up of his name in the backglass artwork.

The owner does not have a schematic or other paperwork. There is a backbox setting for Add-a-Ball or 5-ball play (novelty). The eight score adjustment jacks are missing their labeling.

Thanks, guys!

EDIT: Oh, duh, I just noticed he added the pics that he sent to me, so you now have them as well!

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#13 1 year ago

@robin @forceflow @tigerlaw
Can we get this added to the Pinside archive? It’s already been added to the IPDB https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=6580

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