In-Car Autocross Video

In the days leading up to my autocross on Saturday, I got to thinking that it could be fun to try recording some in-car footage with my Kodak Zi8. After thinking about it for a bit, I decided on using my Gorillapod SLR-Zoom to attach the camera to my passenger-side headrest:

The video worked out better than I had hoped. The wind noise was a bit more than I had expected, but maybe I’ll try getting (or making) a wind muff or the like for next time. And, if it’s of interest, I’ve also posted a few photos of how I set up the Gorillapod to attach the camera to my car’s passenger-side headrest.

Update 7/25: I’ve also scanned a copy of the drivers’ map for the autocross (PDF, 1.2 MB). You may also notice some hand-drawn arrows weaving through each of the slaloms. Drivers are allowed to go through the slaloms in either direction (whether Left-Right-Left or Right-Left-Right) and once I figured out which of those would offer a smoother line, I drew in those arrows to remind myself of the path I had wanted to take.

6 thoughts on “In-Car Autocross Video

  1. Some day that Bryan naturally faces magnetic north, and that all his legs are hydraulic… Oh, no wait, I might be thinking of someone else.

  2. Thanks, Erica! And I’m glad you liked the song, too. Though I only realized it after the fact, the effect of chiptunes+racing nostalgically reminds me a little bit of Out Run or the like.

  3. Nice line! I miss autocross. Now you just need a second camera on your speedometer and tachometer so we can admire your shifting and apex braking. :)

  4. Heh. I suppose that pocket camcorders are getting cheaper and cheaper these days. (Still, I’m not sure if I’m ready to pick up another camera just for autocross.) On the other hand, if someone has a spare Flip or Flip-like camera that I could borrow, I might just be up for that.

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