Did You Get That on Video? Did You Get That on Video? Ford Mustang Chassis, Roll bars, Cages, Suspensions, shocks, brakes, wheelie bars

Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 Categories: Bobby Fazio's Blog

Did You Get That on Video?

"It looks like your car launched to the right," says your buddy on the starting line. "It felt like the car went straight," says you the driver.  "It looks like the tire is coming up out of the beam and not rolling forward," says another buddy.  Now what?  Now is about the time you thank the inventor of the video camera, John Baird I think his name is?  Anyways, it is times like this that I ask my friend and fellow stock eliminator racer, Michael Epprecht, to take some video footage for me.  Michael has been pivotal in the setup of both my stock and super stock mustangs.  He can take video from any angle I ask him to and I have asked for many!  He shoots footage from back left, back right, and perpendicular to my left front tire all with his iPhone.  When it comes to the GoPro he has mounted it inside my car and even underneath my trunk to watch the rear suspension during a run! 

When it came time to settle the score about the car rising up out of the beam or rolling through the beam Michael's video was huge!  Take a look at a run from Atco two weeks back.  In the first picture the car is staged and the bottom of the front fender lines up with the second "O" in the "Hoosier" tire. In the second shot the fender lines up with the "E" so the car has rolled forward roughly 3 inches and both pre-stage and stage lights are still lit.  The third pic shows that we have rolled all the way past the word Hoosier and still both pre-stage and stage are lit.  Finally in the fourth, the front left tire has picked up, pre-stage is off, but the front right is still in the stage beam and on the ground.  The evidence shows the car is rolling forward and not wheel-standing up out of the beam. 

GoPro cameras can be fun and always seem to get lots of views, especially when you launching at 9000rpms and banging the gears down-track!  However, in-car cameras offer the viewer much more than just loud noise and entertainment.  I use it to watch the oil pressure, fuel pressure, water temperature, steering wheel position and alignment, and to see if I hit all my shift points at the correct times.  I also use it to laugh at myself about fixing my helmet so many times between burnout and pre-stage.  http://youtu.be/tGUHey8rgsc is my most recent in-car experience while http://youtu.be/pe7YFJk0n9Y is a rear suspension video I took a year ago to determine shock settings and spring rates.  I can't stress it enough, do yourself a favor and get a good cameraman before you make too many major changes to your car! 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments
Great explanation of how readily-available (and legal) tools can help improve results. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Larry Guest on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 9:06 AM
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