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    	 18-WHEELER: AMERICAN PRO TRUCKER FAQ
    	       (European Arcade Version)
    			VER 2.0
    	      by R-Jay (rjay63@hotmail.com) 
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    			NEWSFLASH
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    	     SECRET BONUS FINALLY EXPOSED!!!!!
    
       At last the most frustrating, annoying and mysterious 
       aspect of the game has been revealed!!  Yes, finally the
       path to crazy scores in excess of $110k can be found in 
       section 10.0.  Don't just sit there, hit that page down 
       button now!!
    
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    CONTENTS
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    1.0 HISTORY
    
    2.0 INTRODUCTION
    
    3.0 GAME OVERVIEW
    
    4.0 VIEWPOINTS
    
    5.0 TRUCKERS
    
    6.0 LIZARDTAIL
    
    7.0 GENERAL ADVICE
    
    8.0 COURSES
    
        8.1 STAGE 1: New York - Key West
    
        8.2 STAGE 2: St. Petersburg - Dallas
    
        8.3 STAGE 3: Dallas - Las Vegas
    
        8.4 FINAL STAGE: Las Vegas - San Francisco
     
        8.5 Score Tally
    
    9.0 BONUS STAGES
    
        9.1 BONUS STAGE 1: One-Turn Parking
    
        9.2 BONUS STAGE 2: Two-Turn Parking
    
        9.3 BONUS STAGE 3: Reverse Parking
    
        9.4 BONUS STAGE: Score Tally 
    
    10.0 BONUS EXPOSED!!!
    
    10.0 HOW I MANAGED TO REACH $100K (WITHOUT THE GLITCH)
    
    11.0 QUERIES
    
    12.0 SHOUTS
    
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    1.0 HISTORY
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    Ver 2.0 - Updated on March 5 2002
    	  =======================
    
    Sequel King Of Route 66 has arrived in my arcade.  Decided to take
    a new look at this FAQ...
    
    * Modified section concerning DIRT TRACK in Stage 3: Dallas 
      - Vegas guide;
    
    * New high score added.
    
    
    Ver 1.9 - Updated on December 20 2000
    	  ===========================
    
    * Secret bonus finally exposed!!  See section 10.0 for more 
      details.
    
    * Corrected one of Lizardtail's taunts
    
    
    Ver 1.7 - Updated on July 9 and September 20 2000
    	  =======================================
    
    * Modified Nihonmaru's description in TRUCKERS section.
      
    * Expanded LEVEL OVERVIEW for Stage 2 & Final Stage.  
    
    * Corrected criteria for gaining Technic B award on bonus stages.
    
    * Corrected some of Lizardtail's taunts.
    
    * New high score.
    
    
    Ver 1.5 - Updated between June 13 - June 15 2000
    	  ======================================
    
    * Finally managed to reach $100k!!  Added new section
      HOW I MANAGED TO REACH $100K and my current high score.
    
    * Modified Nihonmaru's description in TRUCKERS SECTION.
      Used him and completely messed up!!  Put it down to 
      bad research and cutting corners (Shame, shame!!).
    
    * Re-aligned document.  That'll teach me to use the TAB key for 
      text files!!
    
    * Expanded GAME OVERVIEW section.
    
    * Added LEFT ROAD section for FINAL STAGE.
    	   
    * Added warning about trying to take the side road on the BIG HILL
      in the FINAL STAGE section.
      
    * Looking closer, the speed level at which you should SHIFT UP 
      differs.  Have added these shift levels to TRUCKERS section.
      Apologies for any confusion!!!
    
    Ver 1.0  - Created sporadically between May 20 - June 11
    	   =============================================
    
    I've been playing this game quite a lot, so I've decided to write 
    an FAQ.  Simple as that.  
    
    
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    2.0 INTRODUCTION
    ****************
    
    The main purpose of this FAQ is to provide a basic guide for 
    completing both the races and bonus stages.  It also contains general 
    driving advice and a brief description of the game's characters.      
    
    
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    3.0 GAME OVERVIEW
    *****************
    
    The game's objective is to deliver your goods before the time limit 
    expires.  Successfully complete a stage and you'll receive a reward 
    for delivery and proceed to the next level.  However the reward gets
    reduced each time your load collides with other vehicles and obstacles.  
    Along with the obligatory checkpoints, extra time can be obtained by 
    smashing one of the many Fireball Trucks littered throughout the courses.  
    It may be only 3 seconds, but believe me you'll need it!
    
    From stage 2 onwards, you're able to choose between two different
    loads: NORMAL and HARD.  The NORMAL loads are lighter and shorter but  
    offer less reward money.  The HARDER loads are the opposite; long and 
    heavy but offering higher rewards. 
    
    You also have a rival called Lizardtail to compete against.  Finish 
    ahead of him in each race to access the bonus stages.  Here you can 
    gain extra parts to enhance your truck's performance. 
    
    
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    4.0 VIEWPOINTS
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    The default view is the FIRST-PERSON PERSPECTIVE (inside the cab 
    looking out).  With this view you can see what's going on behind your 
    truck via the rear-view mirror at the top of the screen.  
    
    The alternative view is the THIRD-PERSON PERSPECTIVE (behind and 
    slightly above the truck).  This view enables you to keep an eye on 
    your load.
    
    I always prefer the default view, but I've seen plenty of players who 
    do just as well using the alternative view.  So decide which view is 
    best for you.  Stick to the same view throughout the race as changing 
    views can be disorientating.
    
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    5.0 TRUCKERS
    ************
    
    ASPHALT COWBOY
    ==============
    Code Name:      Texan Eagle
    
    Truck Stats:    Speed (3/4) Torque (4/4) Toughness (3/4)
    
    Shift Level:    74-76 kph    
    
    Description:    Good speed and strength combined with superb engine 
    		power make this guy the perfect choice for beginners.
    
    STREAMLINE
    ==========
    Code Name:      Moonlight
    
    Trucks Stats:   Speed (4/4) Torque (3/4) Toughness (2/4)
    
    Shift Level:    76-80 kph
    
    Description:    With his amazing top speed and good engine power, this 
    		70's reject is one of the best choices for gaining high 
    		scores.  However his weak truck means that crashes and 
    		collisions affect him the most severely.  This 
    		character is for more experienced players who can keep 
    		impact to a minimum.
    
    LONG HORN
    =========
    Code Name:      Wild Bull
    
    Truck Stats:    Speed (2/4) Torque (4/4) Toughness (4/4)
    
    Shift Level:    70-72 kph
    
    Description:    With incredible engine power and strength, this guy can 
    		smash his way through just about anything.  However 
    		poor top speed means you must take full advantage of 
    		any slipstream.
    
    HIGHWAY CAT
    ===========
    Code Name:      Wild Rose
    
    Truck Stats:    Speed (4/4) Torque (2/4) Toughness (3/4)
    
    Shift Level:    76-80 kph
    
    Description:    Just like Streamline, this road queen boasts brilliant 
    		speed only her vehicle is more robust.  However with 
    		weak engine power she take longer than anyone else to 
    		reach top speed. Therefore you must only slow down when 
    		it's ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL!!  Another character aimed at 
    		more experienced players.
    
    NIHONMARU (BONUS CHARACTER IN ASIAN VERSION)
    ============================================
    Code Name:      Rising Sun
    
    Truck Stats:    Speed (3/4) Torque (3/4) Toughness (3/4)
    
    Shift Level:    74-76 kph
    
    Description:    Nihonmaru drives a 'Decorative Truck'.  He differs from 
    		the others because he has unique loads for every stage. 
    		They are much lighter and shorter, making his driving 
    		style different from everyone else.  They also offer lower 
    		rewards, so he isn't the best choice for gaining high 
    		scores.  Still, his cool cab interior more than makes up 
    		for it! 
    
    		The tires on Nihonmaru's truck have considerably less                 
    		traction than the other drivers.  This means he'll skid
    		a lot more during turns.  To avoid crashing, reduce your
    		speed when cornering by tapping the accelerator throughout
    		the turn, instead of keeping your foot down.  
    
    		NOTE: Nihonmaru is released when the game has been 
    		completed with the other 4 characters (Asia only).
    		
    		(Thanks to Darren Wong for his advice)
    		
    
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    6.0 LIZARDTAIL
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    Along with beating the clock, you've got a rival trucker called 
    Lizardtail to compete against.  From his black truck with its 
    distinct "fire" design, Lizardtail's aim is to make your life 
    difficult.  As well as yelling insults through the cab radio, he'll 
    ram your truck and swerve or even stop in front of you.  Occasionally 
    he'll destroy a Fireball Truck so you won't be able to get that time 
    bonus but fortunately that's very rare.
    
    Luckily Lizardtail is a bit lacking in the brain department.  So 
    desperate is he to beat you that he's prone to making mistakes.  He 
    will race ahead of you only to collide with heavy traffic and slow 
    right down, allowing you to race back past.  Be warned though, his 
    recovery time is second to none and before long he'll be back on your 
    tail!
    
    You may notice that the doors on Lizardtail's truck sometimes fly 
    open and wooden boxes will fly out.  This usually happens when he's 
    been involved in a heavy collision but don't worry, they won't slow 
    you down.
    
    If you manage to finish ahead of Lizardtail on Stages 1-3, you'll be 
    awarded a bonus sum of $5,000 and a chance to earn even more cash and 
    a power-up on the bonus stages (see section 9.0 BONUS STAGES for more 
    info).
    
    Taunts
    ======
    Just for fun, I've listed all of Lizardtail's insults.....
    
    * "I'M THE LIZARDTAIL, THE #1 TRUCKER IN THE USA, AND DON'T Y'ALL 
       FORGET IT!!!!" (Beginning of Stage 1 only) 
    
    * "YOU'RE IN MY WAY GREEN HORN, DON'T YOU RUN THAT RIG IN FRONT OF 
       ME!!!"
    
    * "DON'T YOU EVER TRY TO PASS ME!!!"
    
    * "YOU SLOW POKE!!!"
    
    * "THERE'S A TRAFFIC JAM AND IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT!!!"
    
    * "HEY NOT TOO BAD.  HEY, MAYBE I SHOULD TAKE YOU UNDER MY WING!!!"
    
    * "YEAH THAT'S RIGHT YOU STAY BEHIND ME...AHAHAHAHAHA.......YOU'RE AN 
       EYESORE!!!"
    
    * "HEY, YOU DRIVE LIKE AN OLD LADY!!!"
    
    * "HEY, HEY, YOU GOT A LICENCE TO DRIVE THAT TRUCK?!?!"
    
    * "HEY, YOU'RE COMING OUT 15 YEARS TOO SOON TO BE TRY TAKING ME ON!!!" 
    
    * "YOU'RE NOT CUT OUT TO BE A TRUCKER, Y'ALL SHOULD FIND ANOTHER LINE OF 
       WORK!!!" (very rare)
    
    
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    7.0 GENERAL ADVICE
    ******************
    
    *  Get used to the large steering wheel.  If necessary, ask a friend 
       to manage the gears and horn (large cabinet only) while you learn.
    
    *  DON'T EVER use the reverse gear when racing.  You only ever need to 
       use it for the bonus stages (and preferably just the last one).
    
    *  When you begin playing, stick to the NORMAL loads.  Choose the HARD 
       loads when you can drive competently and complete the course well 
       enough.
    
    *  If you want to select the HARD loads on stages 3 and 4, I advise 
       you gain the Muffler (Max Speed-Up) and Engine (Power-Up) from the 
       bonus stages.
    
    *  Take care of your load, keep it away from other traffic and 
       obstacles.  Remember you won't lose money if ONLY THE CAB makes 
       contact.
    
    *  Memorise the whole of each stage especially tight corners and 
       congestion points.
    
    *  Be very careful when you drive from one side of the screen to the 
       other.  Driving diagonally puts your load at the greatest risk of 
       big damage from oncoming traffic.
    
    *  Make sure you learn how to break and turn correctly during tight 
       corners.  It will slow you down but not as much as skidding, 
       crashing into the sides or heading off-road!!
    
    *  Sound the horn once to make the traffic in front change lanes.  
       Avoid sounding it multiple times as this can make some vehicles 
       turn back into your path.
    
    *  Learn to weave between large vehicles, especially at congestion 
       points.
    
    *  Line up behind as many large vehicles as you can to take full 
       advantage of slip stream.
    
    *  Smash into as many Fireball trucks as you can for extra time.  
       Memorising their positions in each race is vital.
    
    *  When you destroy a Fireball truck or any other small vehicle, 
       quickly move your truck away from the wreckage to avoid any further 
       impact.
    
    *  Be wary of heavy traffic, vehicles can suddenly pull in front of 
       you.
    
    *  Watch out for Lizardtail.  Memorise his driving patterns on each 
       stage.  You can stop him from getting past by cutting in front of 
       him, but don't make contact as you'll slow down and lose money.
    
    *  Try fooling Lizardtail into taking the other route from you on each 
       stage.  If he's close position your truck to go one way, and then 
       at the last moment, quickly turn off and take the other.
    
    
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    8.0 COURSES
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    8.1 STAGE 1: New York - Key West
    ================================
    
    Load (Nihonmaru):               Nippon-Maru 2 ($10,000)
    
    Load (Other Drivers):           Fuel Tanker ($12,000)
    
    Routes:                         2 (SEA FRONT or CROSS COUNTRY)
    
    Comment: You should complete this course fairly easily as long 
    	 as there aren't too many heavy crashes.
    
    FREEWAY
    -------
    Once you've climbed the hill and reached the freeway, carefully weave 
    your way past the traffic to the far-right lane.  This is where 
    you'll catch the first glimpse of Lizardtail.  Once you descend onto 
    the straight, try lining up behind one of the large vehicles for some 
    slip stream.  If you're willing to take a risk, you can collide with 
    the parked Fireball truck on the far-left side about halfway along 
    the straight.  If you go for this time bonus, stay against the 
    oncoming traffic to collide with the next Fireball truck coming off 
    the flyover.  The moment you collide, quickly turn back into the flow 
    of traffic.  Keep with the traffic flow pass the flyover.
    
    ** YOU CAN'T GO UP THE FLYOVER AGAINST THE ONCOMING TRAFFIC, THE GAME 
    PUTS AN INVISIBLE SHIELD IN FRONT OF YOU, SENDING YOU CRASHING BACK 
    INTO THE OTHER LANE!!! **
    
    You will then need to choose your route - either turn left under the 
    flyover towards the SEA FRONT or straight ahead (CROSS-COUNTRY).  
    There is no real time difference between them, so the choice is 
    yours.
    
    CROSS-COUNTRY
    -------------
    Smash the fireball truck ahead of you.  This route should be no real 
    problem as long as you avoid the accident scene on the far right, 
    take the bends in the road fairly early and carefully weave through 
    the traffic.  Take special care if Lizardtail has followed you as he 
    drives all over the place, colliding with other vehicles and getting 
    in your way.  When you join the SEA FRONT road, take the corner early 
    to stay on the main road and grab the next Fireball truck (it will 
    also stop you ploughing into the car park).  Now go to the FINAL 
    STRETCH section.
    
    SEA FRONT
    ---------
    When you come out from under the bridge, get ready to turn and brake 
    to stay on the road and avoid going onto the beach.  The sand there 
    slows you down significantly, but if you do end up there, grab the 
    parked Fireball nearby.  Keep near the left side of the road to smash 
    the slow-moving/stationary Fireball Truck near where the CROSS-
    COUNTRY road joins from the right.  Straight afterwards there SHOULD 
    be another Fireball Truck driving past the car park.
    
    FINAL STRETCH
    -------------
    As you come onto the freeway entrance, tap the brake and turn 
    carefully to get past the sharp bend.  You will need to weave quickly 
    through the small traffic and get behind as many large vehicles as 
    possible to catch the slip stream.  If Lizardtail is right behind 
    you, keep cutting in front of him to stop him from getting past.  Get 
    ready to catch the last Fireball Truck before you cross the finish 
    line.
    
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    8.2 STAGE 2: St Petersburg - Dallas
    ===================================
    
    Loads (Nihonmaru):      NORMAL - Nippon-Marru 2 ($10,000)
    			HARD - Nippon-Marru 3 ($13,500)
    
    Loads (Other Drivers):  NORMAL - Car Transporter ($12,500)
    			HARD - Log Trailer ($16,000)
    
    Routes:                 2 (DIRT TRACK or SUBURBS)
    
    Comment: This course is slightly tougher as you'll have to 
    	 be ready to avoid flying traffic on TORNADO STRAIGHT.  
    	 There are also some sharp turns to take on the SUBURB 
    	 route.  If you choose the Log Trailer, make sure you 
    	 take the corners more carefully to avoid damaging the 
    	 load against traffic and lamp posts.
    
    FREEWAY
    -------
    Start out by keeping to the far-right lane.  Lizardtail will fly out from 
    a service station (destroying it in the process) right in front of you.  
    Line up behind him and catch some slip stream as you go onto the bridge.  
    Lizardtail should then slow down as traffic becomes more congested.  
    You can do either two things:
    
    1.  As Lizardtail begins to reduce speed, move across to the middle of 
        the road and CAREFULLY weave through the oncoming traffic to pass 
        the congestion, then quickly get back over to the right.
    
    2.  If there is enough room, you can try squeezing your truck through 
        the small gap between Lizardtail and the bridge on the far-right.
    
    Now you need to decide which route to take.  I haven't seen any major 
    differences in time but if you're a beginner, I suggest you turn off 
    to the right along the DIRT ROAD.  This is because you'll need to 
    make some sharp turns if you continue towards the SUBURBS.
    
    DIRT ROAD 
    ---------
    Keep to the middle of the dirt track (the light brown surface).  The 
    dark brown surface at the sides reduces your speed.  Sound your horn 
    to clear the traffic and make your way towards the Fireball Truck 
    (you will need it).  Watch out for Lizardtail as he likes to try and 
    smash you towards the side of the road.  When you smash through the 
    wooden huts, you MAY take slight damage to your load.  Keep your 
    speed up at all times and take the bends early.  As you come out onto 
    the main road, you can quickly drive across to the other side to grab 
    a parked Fireball Truck.  Now go to the paragraph marked TORNADO 
    STRAIGHT.
    
    SUBURBS
    -------
    The moment you come into the suburbs, brake and turn left slightly to 
    smash straight through the wooden houses.  As you destroy the last 
    house, brake again and turn right back onto the road towards the oil 
    tanker that's blocking your path.  Don't follow the road that bends 
    round past the grass bank, instead go across the curb right next to 
    the oil tanker's cab.  After you pass it, quickly get back onto the 
    tarmac, smashing the stationary Fireball Truck in the process.  It 
    does slow you down slightly, but takes a lot less time than taking 
    that wide detour (and you get some extra time).  BE VERY CAREFUL IF 
    LIZARDTAIL HAS FOLLOWED YOU BECAUSE SOMETIMES HE WILL TURN RIGHT INTO 
    YOU AND ATTEMPT TO FORCE YOU INTO TAKE THE LONGER ROUTE.  
    
    Now after the checkpoint, get ready to break again and turn right 
    towards the TORNADO STRAIGHT.  Watch out for the lamp posts on the 
    pavement, as these can damage your load if you don't flatten them.  
    You can pass through the gap between the houses on the left, but I 
    suggest you stay on the road as this route will slow you down.  If you 
    want, you can pick up the Fireball Truck on the left side, but be 
    careful when driving back over to the right.  
    
    TORNADO STRAIGHT
    ----------------
    If you can, try lining up behind a large vehicle or Lizardtail for 
    slip stream.  When the tornado comes onto the road, keep your eye on 
    the traffic in front of you.  GET READY TO TURN SUDDENLY IF ANY HEAVY 
    TRAFFIC GETS STOPPED OR THROWN TOWARDS YOU.  Hopefully Lizardtail 
    will either collide with some wreckage or be forced to slow down.
    
    Now as the tornado passes in front of you, the road splits.  Be 
    careful, it is possible for a large vehicle to get caught in the 
    tornado and block the route in front of you.   Take the far-right 
    turning as this easily leads you towards the last Fireball Truck.  
    If by any chance, a truck has been jack-knifed across the far-right 
    road, go straight ahead up the dirt path.  Avoid taking the far-left 
    road as it's long, winding and filled with oncoming traffic.  Only take 
    the far-left road if both the other roads are blocked (very rare but it 
    happens).  If you have to take this road it's unlikely you'll finish 
    ahead of Lizardtail.
    
    FINAL STRETCH
    -------------
    At this point the tornado blows itself out.  Now get behind any large 
    vehicle you can and speed towards the finish line.  If Lizardtail is 
    behind you, stop him by cutting in front of him if he tries to pass.
    
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    8.3 STAGE 3: Dallas - Las Vegas
    ===============================
    
    Loads (Nihonmaru):      NORMAL - Nippon-Marru 2 ($10,000)
    			HARD - Nippon-Marru 3 ($13,500)
    
    Loads (Other Drivers):  NORMAL  - Millennium Express ($14,500)
    			HARD - Big Rig ($18,000)
    
    Routes:                 2 (DIRT TRACK or MAIN ROAD)
    
    
    Comment: This course is difficult because of the heavy traffic 
    	 on the winding MAIN ROAD route and the large hill on the 
    	 DIRT TRACK route.  If you choose the Big Rig, expect SEVERE 
    	 slow down when you climb hills and brake for turns.  If you 
    	 wish to take this load, I strongly recommend that you gain 
    	 the Muffler Power-Up beforehand.
    
    DUAL CARRIAGEWAY
    ----------------
    Start off by getting behind the first large container truck on the 
    right to catch some slip stream.  Lizardtail should then fly past 
    along the technical dirt strip between the lanes.  Get behind him and 
    use slip stream as much as possible until you come to the first sharp 
    turn where you will have to decide your route.  Don't bother trying 
    to grab the Fireball Truck in the oncoming traffic as the risk far 
    outweighs the reward.  Brake and drive carefully around the sharp bend 
    to avoid the congested traffic (sound your horn to make some vehicles 
    clear the road).
    
    You will then quickly have to make a decision whether to stay on the 
    MAIN ROAD or take the DIRT TRACK up the hill.  The MAIN ROAD is 
    easier to drive on, but congested while the DIRT TRACK is harder
    but free from traffic.  I'll leave it up to you!
    
    DIRT TRACK
    ----------
    You will slow down dramatically as you head uphill, so get ready to 
    shift your gear down.  Weave your way past the large rocks rolling 
    down the road and then once you clear the tunnel, turn sharply to 
    pass the checkpoint.
    
    Once heading downhill, you can keep going straight and fall back down 
    onto the MAIN ROAD.  THIS WILL SLOW YOU DOWN so get on the main road 
    as soon as possible (there is a parked Fireball truck between the 
    wooden buildings, so make sure you pick that up).  Alternatively, you 
    can brake and turn sharply to stay on the dirt track (you will need to 
    shift low briefly to regain speed).  Make sure you pick up the parked 
    Fireball Truck on the right-hand side just after the Checkpoint.  Now go 
    to the section marked FINAL STRETCH.
    
    MAIN ROAD
    ---------
    Stick to the right-hand lane.  Sound your horn to make traffic clear 
    the road and carefully weave past the large vehicles.  Keep the truck 
    on the tarmac as much as possible.  If you need to go off-road 
    slightly, then try to keep the left side of the truck on the tarmac 
    for extra speed.  Try smashing into the next Fireball Truck before 
    you reach the checkpoint as you will to take the upcoming sharp bend 
    carefully.
    
    FINAL STRETCH
    -------------
    As you begin to go downhill, you can drive on the far-left to grab a 
    parked Fireball truck about halfway down if you're feeling brave (get 
    back on the main road straight afterwards).  Sound your horn to clear 
    the traffic and keep on the tarmac as much as possible.  Once the 
    road straightens out, get behind any large vehicle you can for slip 
    stream.  Don't bother grabbing the Fireball Truck heading towards you 
    on the opposite lanes.  Instead go for the one just ahead of you 
    before crossing the finish line.
    
    ==========================================
    8.4 FINAL STAGE: Las Vegas - San Francisco
    ==========================================
    
    Loads (Nihonmaru ):     NORMAL - Nippon-Maru 2($10,000)
    			HARD - Nippon-Maru 3 ($13,500)
    
    Loads (Other Drivers):  NORMAL - Dump Trailer ($17,000)
    			HARD - Cable Cars ($22,000)
    
    Routes:                 3 (FLYOVER, RIGHT MAIN ROAD or LEFT ROAD)
    
    
    Comment: Now this the big one!!  Heavy traffic and sharp turns make 
    	 this the most challenging course.  Basically there's nearly 
    	 NO ROOM FOR ERROR!!!  If you choose the Cable Cars, you will 
    	 need to keep your speed up at all times and only brake when 
    	 ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY (ie turning).  Turning in heavy traffic 
    	 can be an absolute nightmare, so get ready to shift down if you 
    	 crash.  You REALLY NEED the Engine Power-Up from the last bonus 
    	 stage to stand a chance!!
    
    FREEWAY
    -------
    The road will be clear until Lizardtail creeps up behind you as you 
    climb the small hill.  Let him pass and immediately get in his slip 
    stream to overtake him again.  The road will then become pretty 
    congested.  Stay towards the right, sounding the horn to shift the 
    traffic ahead of you.  Try using the slip stream from the large 
    vehicles when you can.  Make sure you smash the Fireball truck(s) on the 
    right too.  
    
    You will then need to decide whether you wish to drive straight ahead 
    up onto the FLYOVER, follow the MAIN ROAD to the right or take the LEFT
    ROAD.  If you're a beginner, I suggest you stick to the MAIN ROAD.
    
    FLYOVER
    -------
    Take the bends VERY CAREFULLY, especially if Lizardtail has followed 
    you.  When you see the Fireball truck, the walls of the flyover will 
    disappear.  You can drop down just after you've picked up the truck 
    onto the left-hand road.  Be warned, you'll need to brake, plus turn 
    and hold the steering wheel to the right, to prevent yourself 
    crashing into the wall below (remember to counter-steer left 
    afterwards).  Alternatively (and a much safer option), ignore the fireball 
    truck and keep going until you come to the end of the flyover and drop down 
    towards the checkpoint.  Now go to the section marked TUNNEL.
    
    LEFT ROAD
    ---------
    This road has the same basic layout as the MAIN ROAD except there's
    less traffic.  However all the traffic will be coming towards you,
    so be ready to weave and change lanes, especially when you see large 
    vehicles.  At the end of this road there's a sharp bend.  Brake early  
    and turn the wheel thoroughly to keep on the road towards the 
    checkpoint.  Now go to the section marked TUNNEL.
    
    MAIN ROAD
    ---------
    Keep to the right of the road (don't worry about the iron beam) and 
    where necessary, weave in and out of the traffic carefully.  Use your 
    horn to move some of the smaller vehicles and while the road is 
    straight, use the slip stream from the larger vehicles when you can.
    
    Towards the end of this road, there is a sharp bend to the right.  
    Brake early and carefully and turn the steering wheel thoroughly to 
    keep on the road towards the check point and the tunnel.
    
    TUNNEL AND SHARP CORNERS
    ------------------------
    You will need to move very quickly and carefully to make it to the 
    finishing line from this point.  There is a lot of congestion in the 
    tunnel so be on your guard (get ready to weave if necessary).  Now 
    after the tunnel there is a sharp turn to the right.  Get to the 
    left side of the road and then brake gently and turn, staying on the 
    left.  There is a possibility you'll collide with some oncoming traffic, 
    but if you stay in the right-hand lanes, 9 time out of 10 you'll end up
    in a heavy collision anyway.
    
    Now on the small straight before the next sharp corner, move to the middle 
    of the road.  As you reach the next sharp turn, brake slightly.  Now turn
    your truck left and when the first half of your cab hit the straight, 
    move it through the heavy traffic across to the far right.  I ALWAYS end up     
    taking some damage here either from Lizardtail or the other heavy traffic.
    This section is always VERY CONGESTED, especially if Lizardtail's nearby as 
    he seems to SLOW DOWN RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU!! 
    
    Note: Any extra help or advice regarding the above section would be 
          appreciated.
    
    
    BIG HILL
    --------
    Stay towards the right of the screen when you start to descend down 
    the big hill to avoid hitting the cable cars.  Use as much slip 
    stream as possible.  
    
    ** DON'T EVER GO TRY GOING DOWN THE NARROW SIDE ROAD ON THE RIGHT. THE 
    GAME WILL PUT AN INVISIBLE SHIELD IN FRONT OF YOU, SENDING YOU 
    CRASHING BACK DOWN THE HILL!! **
    
    (Thanks to the guy who tried that even though he didn't know what would 
    happen!!)
    
    Now just before you reach the bottom, turn quickly to the left and 
    cut across the pavement onto the straight.  Then quickly steer back 
    to the right hand side.  This will not only save you time but will 
    also prevent you from having to slow down or crashing into the wall.  
    However watch out for Lizardtail as he may try to force you into the 
    oncoming traffic.  Keep going until you reach the bridge.
    
    THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
    ----------------------
    Once on the bridge stay with the flow of traffic and line up in the 
    lane right of the traffic cones.  There is a Fireball vehicle which 
    heading towards you with the oncoming traffic but I don't recommend 
    you try colliding with it (unless you really want to).  Instead, grab 
    the two Fireball trucks directly in front of you and prevent Lizardtail 
    from overtaking by cutting in front of him.  You should then pass the 
    finish line with ease.
    
    ===============
    8.5 Score Tally 
    ===============
    
    REWARD:         How much your load is worth at the end of the race. 
    TIME REMAINING: Each second of time remaining earns you $100.
    WIN BONUS:      If you finish ahead of Lizardtail you earn $5000.
    
    Note: The glitch mention in section 10.0 only affects the final amount!!
    
    
    ****************
    9.0 BONUS STAGES
    ****************
    
    As mentioned previously, if you finish ahead of Lizardtail on Stages 
    1-3, you can take part in one of three bonus stages.  Your aim is to 
    park your truck in a garage (represented by a green boundary).  To 
    access all three bonus stages, you must finish ahead of Lizardtail 
    each time.
    
    The main aim is to earn a power-up to help you complete the stages 
    more easily.  However they also represent a good opportunity to earn 
    some extra cash and increase your score.
    
    ===================================
    9.1 BONUS STAGE 1: One-Turn Parking
    ===================================
    
    Keep your speed at a reasonably low level throughout this bonus stage 
    so you have full control over your truck.
    
    As you begin, steer SLIGHTLY to the left so you can take the corner 
    more easily.  JUST BEFORE you reach the turn, carefully turn right 
    and drive the truck around the corner.  The road is fairly wide so 
    you shouldn't collide with any obstacles. 
    
    Now when the truck has passed the turn and is heading slightly right, 
    counter-steering left to straighten.  Then head towards the green 
    boundary.  Watch out here because the camera angle changes to an 
    overhead view which can be slightly disorientating.  
    
    Enter slowly and SLAM on the breaks when your truck is completely 
    inside.  Don't rush in too fast as you'll hit the crates on the other 
    side.
    
    If you're playing as Nihonmaru, you'll be able to complete this bonus 
    stage much easier as the Nippon-Maru 2 is shorter in length than the 
    Fuel Tanker.
    
    Power-Up
    --------
    If you complete this bonus stage you will earn a new, louder horn 
    that enables you to clear traffic from a longer distance.
    
    ===================================
    9.2 BONUS STAGE 2: Two-Turn Parking
    ===================================
    
    Again try to keep your speed at a reasonably low level so you have 
    complete control over the truck.  However because this course is 
    longer you will need to drive a bit faster during the beginning of 
    each straight.
    
    Drive along the first straight and move your truck slightly to the 
    right.  Now just before you reach the corner, turn your truck fully 
    left and drive it around the corner.  Counter-steer right to 
    straighten out.  Then drive quickly up the straight and slow down 
    once you're near the next corner.  
    
    As you approach, move your truck slightly to the left and then just 
    before you reach the corner, turn sharply right and drive your truck 
    around the corner.
    
    Straighten your truck out again by counter-steering left and head 
    carefully towards the garage and slam your brakes the moment you're 
    completely inside the green boundary.
    
    NOTE: If you're carrying the LOG TRAILER or BIG RIG then you will 
    need to turn even earlier and more slowly to avoid crashing into any 
    obstacles. Timing the turns perfectly is VERY TOUGH - you should just 
    clip the pavement. 
    
    Again, Nihonmaru should have it easy here as his loads are shorter.  
    Just remember you will need to take the corners SLIGHTLY earlier if 
    you are carrying the Nippon-Marru 3.
    
    Power-Up
    --------
    Successfully complete this bonus course and you'll gain a Muffler 
    which will increase your top speed.  Although it helps no matter who 
    you are, it's especially useful if you're playing as Long Horn as he 
    has the lowest top speed.  It's also essential if you want to try and 
    race with the HARD loads.
    
    ==================================
    9.3 BONUS STAGE 3: Reverse Parking
    ==================================
    
    REMEMBER TO PUT THE TRUCK INTO REVERSE GEAR FOR THIS COURSE!!  
    IT SOUNDS PATRONISING BUT YOU WON'T BELIEVE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE
    IN MY ARCADE WHO FORGET TO DO THIS!!
    
    Start off by accelerating and gently turning the wheel 
    RIGHT until your load begins to line up with the inside of the 
    garage.  Now carefully counter-steer LEFT to line up your cab with 
    the load.  Drive slowly for this one as descending the hill can make 
    your load turn off into the wall.  Once you have the truck in the 
    desired position, drive in straight line down the hill slowly, 
    braking and steering very gently to the left and right to stop your 
    load from buckling.  If it does buckle, you can try straightening it 
    out by shifting into low gear and driving forward.  However it's very 
    risky and more often than not the time will run out.
    
    Power-Up
    --------
    If you successfully complete this bonus stage, you will awarded with 
    a new, more powerful engine.  Again this will help any driver, but 
    it's especially helpful to anyone playing as Highway Cat as her 
    engine power and acceleration is the worst of all.
    
    ============================
    9.4 BONUS STAGE: Score Tally
    ============================
    
    Technique Bonus
    ===============
    
      A Grade ($3000)
      ---------------
      Criteria: Don't collide with a SINGLE OBJECT and park your load so 
      THE WHOLE of your vehicle is completely inside the green boundary.
    
      B Grade ($2000)
      ---------------
      Criteria: Don't lose more than $150 destroying objects and park 
      your load so NEARLY ALL of your truck and trailer is inside the 
      green boundary.  
    
      C Grade ($1000)
      ---------------
      Criteria: Successfully complete the bonus stage.
    
    Time Bonus
    ===========
    For each remaining second you will receive $100.
    
    Objects Demolished Fine
    ========================
    For each object demolished, you will be fined a specific amount which 
    is deducted from your total purse.  Lamp posts cost you $150, crates $100
    and barrels $50.  If you just charge through a bonus stage, you can lose 
    more than the $1,000 you'll earn so care is essential!!
    
    *********************
    10.0 BONUS EXPOSED!!!
    *********************
    
    The method which allows players to pull off scores in excess of $110k has 
    finally been solved, thanks to the hard work of two kind readers.  This 
    'secret bonus' is revealed to be nothing more than a glitch which only
    affects certain versions of the game.  So without further ado..........
    
    1. Complete any of the four main stages in the game and wait until the 
       score tally appears.
    
    2. While the score is being totalled, quickly tap the gas pedal.
       The tally freezes and then jumps, causing the score to rise 
       significantly!!  There are no set amounts to each increase. 
    
    So there we are, the most elusive aspect of the game laid bare.  You
    can usually tell if a high score has been achieved this way as it 
    doesn't end with 0.  As mentioned before, this only effects certain 
    versions of the game as Sega have eliminated the bug in later models.  
    Using this method, I achieved an outrageous $135,298 on one machine!!
    
    Note: This doesn't work on the bonus stages.  And although it's 
          irrelevant to the FAQ, it won't work on the DC version either!!!
    
     ========================================================================= 
     = SPECIAL THANKS TO 'COSTPENN' & CO FOR FINALLY ENDING MY FRUSTRATION!! = 
     =========================================================================
    
    
    ******************************************************
    11.0 HOW I MANAGED TO REACH $100K (WITHOUT THE GLITCH)
    ******************************************************
    
    I've managed to break the $100K score mark now with every character.  
    My highest amount is $104,040 with Asphalt Cowboy.  Here are some of the 
    main points I remember about gaining this amount.
    
    * I completed Stage 2-4 with the HARD loads;
    
    * On Stage 1, I took the CROSS-COUNTRY route.  I had about 16 seconds
      remaining when I finished;
    
    * On Stage 2, I took the SUBURBS route.  I had about 8 seconds 
      remaining when I finished;
    
    * On Stage 3, I took the DIRT TRACK route.  I had about 8 seconds
      remaining when I finished;
    
    * On the Final Stage, I took the MAIN ROAD route.  I had about 10  
      seconds remaining when I finished.  Also on the first sharp turn 
      after the TUNNEL, I turned and travelled up the left-hand lanes.
      Fortunately, there was no oncoming traffic to deal with.  On the 
      next turn, I quickly turned and travelled over to the right, weaving
      through the heavy traffic.  Lizardtail was behind me so I had no 
      heavy collisions.  I believe this to be THE MOST IMPORTANT factor
      in gaining the high score;
    
    * I kept impact to an absolute minimum.  Although I did lose reward
      money on every stage, the loss never exceeded $1000;
    
    * I finished ahead of Lizardtail each time;
    
    * I completed all the bonus stages and gained all three power-up's. I 
      got two Technic A's but only managed a B on the second bonus stage.  
      So $105,xxx is possible!!!
    
    ************                                
    12.0 QUERIES
    ************
    
    *  Have I made any mistakes?
    
    *  How many machines are actually affected by the glitch? 
    
    *  If you don't succeed in completing the bonus stage, do you still 
       lose money from the objects you destroy?  (I'm about 99% certain 
       you do)?
    
    *  Has anyone completed the 3rd bonus stage with Nihonmaru?  I always 
       buckle the truck and can never recover.  Any suggestions?  
    
    *  What are your tips? Send them in and if they're good enough, I'll 
       add them to this FAQ.
    
    ALL CONTRIBUTORS WILL BE CREDITED.
    
    E-mail address: rjay63@hotmail.com  
    Please mark the subject box 18 WHEELER INFO.
    
    ***********
    13.0 SHOUTS
    ***********
    
    *  COSTPENN - The man who laid 18 Wheeler bare.  Thank you, without
       your help I'd still be banging my head as to why that player in
       Bournemouth UK managed $108,000!!
    
    *  STEVE KORGMAN - Well what can I say?  Your record score may have been
       undermined but it was YOUR observations that led to the trick being 
       revealed in the first place!!  Let's hope there's a sequel eh?!!
    
    *  DARREN WONG - For your advice on using Nihonmaru and telling me 
       what a "green horn" is.
    
    *  DJTAKISHI- For telling me how Nihonmaru was released in the Asian
       version.   
    
    *  COCONUT OF QUENDOR - Another 18 Wheeler player!! 
    *  MR NICE 4 - Seeing you jump about on Dancing Stage: Euro Mix is  
       worth buying tickets for!!
    *  HARPREET - If you can't beat it, smash it!
    *  MAC - Peace!!
    *  RJD (Initials) - Another 18 Wheeler player ($99,320), thanks 
       for the competition!
    *  SEGA R&D #2 - For making this game
    *  SEGA PARK, SOUTHAMPTON UK - For having 18-Wheeler     
    *  THE PIER, BOURNEMOUTH UK - For having an old version of the game
       allowing me to verify the 'trick' 
       
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