Whether you want to relive the excitement of the track from the comfort of your living room, or you just want to show your buddies how cool you are, mounting an in-car camera for racing can be a lot of fun.
Video production isn’t everyone’s strong point, so we’ve put together this post that lays out what kind of equipment you will need, where you can mount the camera and how.
Before you do anything, however, be sure to reference your rule book to find out what is and isn’t legal in your Enduro race.
Now, let’s get rolling! (Sorry, couldn’t resist)
Choosing Your Equipment
The obvious thing you will need is a quality camera. By far the most popular line of cameras for filming anything of general awesomeness nowadays is from GoPro. They offer three primary cameras in their Hero3 line: the White, Silver and Black cameras, ranging in price from $200-400.
For a high-definition camera, this is actually quite reasonable. And if you aren’t convinced of their quality, check out some of the videos other racers have put together using GoPros.
Unless you plan on driving with one hand and filming with the other (not recommended), you will need a mount for your GoPro camera. GoPro offers a wide range of mounts that can clasp to your dash, roll bar or nearly any other surface.
If you’re really looking for quality, there are some extras that GoPro offers that will make your video longer and easier to manage. For example, you may want to invest in one of their battery products that extend the life of your battery for those long races that you want to film without fussing with the camera during the race.
They also offer a Wi-Fi remote that you can attach to your key ring or keep nearby to control multiple cameras or power your camera on and off during red flags to conserve battery power.
Mounting the Camera
Most Enduro races require a cross-bar on your roll cage extending from door-to-door behind the driver. This can be a perfect place to mount your camera and gives a great view out the front windshield and even shows some of the action inside the car. Just make sure you have a clean windshield!
The roof cam offers the most unobstructed view of all since viewers aren’t looking through your dirty windshield. However, you will want to make sure your camera is well-protected, in line with the rules, and you’d better be confident in your ability to not roll over!
The front dash camera offers the most unobstructed view of the action ahead of you for the camera and viewer , but can also offer an obstructed view for you, the driver.
The rear dash camera gives viewers a full view of your car and all the action within, although the view of action in front of and around your car is obstructed.
As long as the rule book allows, you can be pretty creative with where you place your in-car camera. It all depends on what you want to show. We’ve seen rear-facing cameras, cameras on the passenger side floor focused on the driver and many other angles.
Have any in-car racing videos you would like to share? We would love to see them!