Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Real People, Real Cars: Setting Up Team OneHotLap's GoPro Camera

We had invited Eva Mendes to the official unveiling of Team OneHotLap's GoPro camera at our recent BMW CCA track event. Since she turned the offer down, we had to go with our second best option: OneHotLap's Real People, Real Cars.


The naked truth is, the video turned out great considering it was just a quick camera test. After the super enthusiastic sendoff, I went for a slow lap (< 10 mph) around the Watkins Glen paddock in my Z4 M Coupe (mine did not have the 6 squirrels inline power upgrade featured here). The camera was mounted low to the ground, just above the front lip spoiler, which magnifies the speed exponentially. I think the paddock lap provides a good opportunity for everyone to see what the early event atmosphere feels like. The GoPro HD Motorsports HERO camera is light and compact, it has a wide angle lens, it can be mounted just about anywhere and it takes ridiculously good HD video. Are you reading this, Eva? Maybe next time?

6 comments:

  1. And to think I skipped my Dancing with the Stars gig for this WGI weekend. Watching the intro, I might have missed my calling!


    (or not)

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  2. We have our first official One Hot Lap dance! And it's magnificent. I just never thought it would come from one of my best friends... :o)

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  3. Do I smell a video submission contest?

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  4. One hot lap while while the driver is a watching a dance? Camera zooms into the dance every time they go off the track. And we provide the commentary on it like Beavis and Butt-Head. This could work ;o) Let's do it.

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  5. Hahaha.

    That and we can have people submit videos of them dancing at the track. Has to be at a track... no driveway booty dances.

    Dancing around the car: kind of cool
    Dancing in the car: cool
    Dancing in the car while racing: very cool
    Dancing in the car while racing and dropping 2 wheels: uber cool
    Dancing in the car while racing and en route to a wall: legendary cool

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  6. Dancing with the Racestars. We could invite the SMIG, Eric H., Travis Pastrana, Mark Daddio, Pat Salerno and throw in Phil Sansossio for kicks.

    Love the scale! Here's how we could assign points:

    1pt Dancing around the car: kind of cool
    2 pts Dancing in the car: cool
    5 pts Dancing in the car while racing: very cool
    10 pts Dancing in the car while racing and dropping 2 wheels: uber cool
    Automatic winner: Dancing in the car while racing and en route to a wall: Legendary Cool status for life.

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