I had a great time filming the Kart Club’s first sprint of the year. As with all my favorite pictures, good video starts with an idea and then a plan. Last year I thought about doing some on bike footage, recording from various angles on a bike and editing it together to show the different views. I asked sprint record holder Adam Girard if I could put some cameras on his bike! He was keen and we set about filming.
With a terminal speed of over 140mph I did wonder if any of the cameras would come off, fortunately all made it home safely, the Gopro mounts are very sticky and even the one on the rear swingarm held well. We mounted them on the front mudguard, yolks facing the rev counter, yolks facing Adam, rear cowling and swingarm. I did try the rear hugger but the footage is a bit to jerky as it was made of plastic. Also, even slowing down the footage 10 times the back tyre is still blurred at 140mph.
The original idea was to just film Adam but with him taking less than 10 seconds for a run I thought it would be better to have some footage from the other competitors. Also near the end I’ve put the whole run up from the on bike angle looking at the clocks. You can’t see the speedo but I was keen to mount the camera where it would interfere with Adam the least. The most important view for him is the rev counter, so I put the camera on the left. I think it reads somewhere around 150mph over the line.