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Old 01-05-2010, 10:41 PM
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Anyone here ever tried to mount an in-car camera in a car WITHOUT a roll-bar? I've been looking at my car trying to figure out an easy way to do it, but also not be a safety hazard if things go bad...

I'd like for it to be over my right shoulder, and angled so that I can see at least some of the steering wheel.

Duct-taping it to my helmet isn't an option.
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:43 PM
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Derek, what about some sort of improvised tripod/bracketry that uses the package tray and rear floor?
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Sounds a heck of a lot more involved than mounting one in the bedroom.
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give it to the kid to hold
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give it to the kid to hold
Actually, I've been having passengers hold it... This year I'll be going to some events that don't allow passengers though (unless they are certified as an "instructor").

I want to have it more steady, get the steering wheel and tach in the view to see steering and throttle inputs, and I'm going to put a light on the dash hooked into the brake-light switch so I can see if I'm hitting my braking points.

The big goal for this summer is to work on the driver more than the car.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:25 PM
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Derek, what about some sort of improvised tripod/bracketry that uses the package tray and rear floor?
That's kind of what I'm trying to come up with, possibly using the rear seatbelts as the anchors.

Another option I'm considering is a removable bracket that attaches to my head-rest...
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That's kind of what I'm trying to come up with, possibly using the rear seatbelts as the anchors.

Another option I'm considering is a removable bracket that attaches to my head-rest...
D...I like the headrest idea. I am picturing some sort of adjustable/locking/jointed arm coming off there. My GPS unit has a nifty little ball and socket-like joint on it that has 1080° of rotation or something, know what I mean, all directions. on all planes. That is what you need. You could drill a hole in the headrest and fasten to it when it is time to race.

Now that I think about it, maybe that isn't the greatest place, you could wind up hitting the headrest with your head and knocking it. Just thinking out loud. You could use the front seat belt bolts on the hump, and a spot near the center top of the rear seat back, maybe putting a stud/wingnut there from inside the trunk. That gives you good triangular/tripod support, and seems pretty straightforward.

I'll bet you could use 1/2" or 1" aluminum square tubing or angle, and incorporate the threaded tripod hole on the bottom of your camera to mount it.


That's it dude.
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The other big thing is I don't want to put any holes in anything (interior is done, and custom-upholstered seats were expensive ), and whatever it's made out of has to be collapsible for both easy storage, and not impaling me if things go bad...
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and not impaling me if things go bad...
Yeah, form DEFINITELY follows function in this case. Yikes!!!
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Another option I'm considering is a removable bracket that attaches to my head-rest...
I started building a really quick and dirty bracket using the bench seat headrests. I just used a long piece of wood, and "drilled" holes for the headrest posts and the camera ( drilled at an agle to keep the camera focused where i wanted it).

Most cameras should be light enough that you could probably mount it off of just one seat, but might need to figure something to keep it from easily twisting/rocking ( weld some tubular spacers, maybe a rear bar or maybe just the headrest pushed down tight). You could even mount it to BOTH seats (via headrests).

Actally, it might be best to mount it to the passenger seat for solo runs, as the driver's seat might flex and move around with you in it...

Perhaps a single rear bar wedged between the rear seat cushions would be enough to stabilize twisting. Probably wouldn't need to bolt it in...
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