Topic: Cheapo bumper-mounted timelapse still camera works well
So I had the idea of getting a low-budget digital camera with a timelapse feature and mounting it on the rear bumper of a Lemons car, in order to get some low-angle on-track images. Courtesy of eBay, I found a late-90s-vintage Kodak DCS-290 camera for 20 bucks, and (19 seconds later) had this high-quality 2x4-based bracket. The Mustard Yellow Volvo guys were kind enough to let me attach this thing to their car, in addition to the grille-mounted video camera I had up front. No, the zipties aren't holding the bracket in place; they're just backup for the bolts through the bumper.
Every minute, the camera would snap a photo. I got some pretty nice shots (I'll put a bunch of them up on Jalopnik next weekend).
Unfortunately, the Volvo got bumped a few hours into Saturday and the camera broke off the bracket (apparently, tripod mounts aren't made to withstand impacts from car bumpers). At the time, I assumed that the camera then got run over 5,000 times over the course of the next 6 hours, but later that night we took the safety truck out to the area where the camera got knocked off... and Judge Jonny found it in the dirt beyond the Bus Stop! The camera was banged up, but the memory card was good. I'll be rigging up a more advanced version for future races, so feel free to volunteer the services of your car as a camera vehicle!
How about the pure evil of The Faustest E30?