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Festy46
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted October 29, 2005 07:07 AM  
I made some new videos of the 4 cylinder FWD class at our local track, but not the kind I would like to see. During the first lap of the Feature, there was a Talladega style wreck on the backstretch. The 46 rolled one and a half times and came to rest on its roof for a fraction of a second before it was hit in the left front by a rookie driving his first Feature race. He apparently never lifted and drove into the dust cloud of wrecked cars and hit the 46 so hard that it rolled another complete turn and a half and landed back on its wheels. The in-car camera worked until the kid hit the 46 which crushed the vehicle battery that was powering the camera.
Oops. I guess I should post the link for those who don't know the address: http://www.sdfcomputers.com/festivavids.htm
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[This message has been edited by Festy46 (edited October 30, 2005).]

DJR22
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 129
posted October 29, 2005 03:25 PM  
Haven't seen a short track wreck like that in a while. Always enjoy watchin those videos Festy.

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Festy46
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted December 12, 2005 04:15 PM  
I made another in-car video with short clips of the #46 in several races combined into one video.

Around Thanksgiving time, we went to Pocono Mountain Speedway as spectators. No way would I want to enter a good race car in that cluster-you-know-what. I taped some of the 4 cylinder race and the 6 and 8 cylinder combined race and made a couple videos of that, too. This track is a 1/3 mile with 75 cars starting in the 4 cylinder feature. There is no caution flag, only a green and red. http://www.sdfcomputers.com/festivavids.htm

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J3
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 207
posted December 12, 2005 06:20 PM  
What kind of camera did you use to make the in-car vidoe's and how did you mount it? I have tried it once or twice and video was extremely jumpy to the point of being unwatchable.

Festy46
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted December 13, 2005 04:14 PM  
I use an AutoXcam camera. The AutoXcam company has been bought out by another company since I bought my camera. The company that bought them is: http://www.hoyttech.com/

To mount the camera, I first attached a piece of 1/4" x 2" flat steel to the top of the roll cage. I used the U-bolts from a couple muffler clamps to attach the steel plate to the front roll bar and back at a 45 degree angle to the top side roll bar on the right side of the car. The plate was about a foot long, so I could experiment by moving the camera to different positions on the plate to get the best view.

When I bought my camera, it came with a "pedestal mount" that had a short shaft and a rubber coated ball on the end that I attached to the 1/4 x 2 plate. The camera also had a short shaft with a rubber coated ball attached to it. They gave you another part that was in 2 halves with a thumb screw in the middle. You placed this part which had a split "socket" on each end over the balls on the camera and the mount. When you tighten the thumb screw, it's amazing how solid that clamp holds the camera. You would break the mount before you could move the camera.

This camera does not record. You need a recorder to attach to the camera. I used a 12 volt VCR recorder. I found that an Xbox carrying case was the perfect size to put the video recorder inside. The Xbox case has 2 compartments. I put some of those "air bags" that are used for shipping parts in the smaller compartment of the Xbox case and placed that side down on the floor and the recorder in the other. I then installed 6 eye-bolts in the floor approximately where the passenger's feet would be. I put two on the front side, two on the back side and one on each end surrounding the Xbox case. I used 3 bungee cords wrapped around each other and attached to the eye-bolts. This set up worked quite well. The recorder survived a 3-time roll over and never moved. I use 12-volt power from the car to power the camera and recorder.

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ajbdad
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 19
posted December 13, 2005 09:58 PM  
I like those videos keep them coming.
thanks Festy

J3
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 207
posted December 14, 2005 04:48 AM  
Do you have any pictures of that setup? I would like to see how the cam is mounted. You explained it very well, but a picture is worth a thousand words, or so they say. Thanks for the help.



Festy46
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted December 16, 2005 04:16 PM  
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Originally posted by J3:
Do you have any pictures of that setup?

Here you go: http://users.isp.com/john48/Camera_and_mount.jpg http://users.isp.com/john48/Roll_cage_mount.jpg http://users.isp.com/john48/Driver's_view.jpg

After the car was demolished in a rollover and hard hit to the front while it was up-side-down, I removed the cage from the car body. You will have to visualize where the roof of the car would be. The camera base plate is attached to the bar that goes across the top of the windshield and the bar that goes above the passenger side door.

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