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Grand Prix Legends

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When this classic racing simulation was released in 1998, it came with one set of cars and 11 historical race tracks.  Thanks to years of work by community volunteers all over the world, about a dozen sets of cars now are available for Grand Prix Legends along with more than 500 tracks.  

Most online Grand Prix Legends races use the community-generated cars and racetracks, not the original cars and tracks.  The free-to-download GEM+ utility adds this community content to a Grand Prix Legends (GPL) installation.  Thus to race GPL online, you need GEM+.

Grand Prix Legends, patched to version, has a Platinum rating on linux.  Fortunately, GEM+ also runs on linux.  Thus any community-created cars and racetracks can be added to a linux GPL installation.

Version of GPL and version 2.5.32 of GEM+ were tested.

A fully patched free version (based on the free Grand Prix Legends demo) is available at this link:

To install on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, simply download and unpack the tar file from the github page.

Application Details:

Version: Grand Prix Legends GEM+ 2.5.32
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.0.3

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Link this URL contains up-to-date links to utilities and add-on GPL Free Download linux installer for GPL, GEM+, 80 cars, 30 tracks

Test Results

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What works

All GEM+ functionality works after the install workaround is used.   GEM+ works the same in Windows and linux.

What does not

GEM+ aborts when you first try to run it, but this can be fixed.  See the workaround section below.


To get GEM+ running it is necessary to install vcrun2015 and delete the GEM.ini file.

The steps to install GPL and GEM+ are:

1. Put your Grand Prix Legends CD in the CD tray.  Do not install GPL from the CD.

2. Follow the instructions at the URL

to download gplinstall_beta_1.08.exe and GEMPackage2.5.0.32.exe

3. wine gplinstall_beta_1.08.exe

This will install GPL version  This is all you need to run the original GPL on linux.

4. If you want to join online GPL races, or use the new cars and tracks, you will need to install GEM+.

5.  First, add vcrun2015 to your wine container:

winetricks vcrun2015

6.  Next, install GEM+

wine GEMPackage2.5.0.32.exe

7. Before running GEM+ for the first time, delete the configuration file $WINEPREFIX/drive_c/GPLSecrets/GEM+/GEM.ini

8. Follow the instructions at the URLs below to download cars and tracks using GEM+:

9. Select the iGOR icon to race Grand Prix Legends online.

What was not tested

All functionality was tested.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

To install on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, simply download and unpack the tar file at this link:

The version at this link is patched to include 80 additional cars and 30 tracks created by community volunteers.

Note that this version is free, as it is built from the free Grand Prix Legends demo.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 19 20205.0.3Yes Yes YesGoldGreg Tung 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

what to do if keyboard becomes unresponsive during game

Prior to running Grand Prix Legends, configure the display as follows:

1. set your display resolution in linux to the maximum available

2. execute the command


in the Graphics tab, enable virtual desktop and set the resolution to the maximum value, the same value as in step 1.

3. Click on the GEM+/GPL option or click directly on a GPL desktop icons to start Grand Prix Legends

4.  In the options screen, set the Grand Prix Legends (GPL) display setting to be lower resolution than in steps 1 and 2 above, such that GPL runs in a window.

5. If during a game, GPL becomes unresponsive to keyboard commands such as <ESC>, <F10> or <SHIFT> R, 

set the keyboard focus to the GPL window.  In Ubuntu 18.04 linux, this is done via the command <ALT> F6.  Now keyboard commands should work again.  (Note that you can always start a new terminal, run top, and kill the GPL process, but you shouldn't need to do this.)

how to join online servers

1. locate the iGOR.ini file.  It is in $WINEPREFIX/drive_c/GPL

2. edit iGOR.ini

Edit the line after [ RaceListServers ] 

to read:

IP =

3. save

4. start GEM+ and select the iGOR button on the lower right

The currently available online races will be displayed by iGOR.  Races for which you have the carset and track installed will display with a green icon.  Click on one of these to race online.  Drive carefully and be considerate of the other drivers!


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grand prix legends free demo is pre-packaged on github and easy to install on linux
by Greg Tung on Monday June 10th 2019, 22:45
The free demo of grand prix legends, which contains only one track and carset, was improved by adding dozens of freeware community-created tracks and about a dozen freeware carsets. This package contains only free software.

To install, simply download and unpack the tar file in this github repository:

This was tested on ubuntu 18.04 LTS