Watch how you drive!
Love those in-car camera shots you see from NASCAR stock cars as they race side-by-side around the high banks? Or maybe the view you like is the one in Rendezvous, the venerable underground car cult classic that shows a Ferrari front bumper’s view of a high-speed run through the streets of Paris.
Whether you’re a weekend racer or simply want to replay a delightful Sunday afternoon spin around the block, the aptly named Chase camera can provide the equipment you need.
Randy Chase founded Chase Product Development Inc. some five years ago. Previously, he was engineering manager for a company that developed security video equipment used by businesses and the military. His consulting work included development of video equipment with enough "ruggedization" (his word) to provide a missile’s-eye view as it closes on a target.
Chase also is an amateur sports car racer who developed a camera system so he could replay his races. Other racers saw his system and wanted their own. He developed an underwater camera system for a television show about fishing and has done on-board video units for snowboarders, skiers, snowmobilers and mountain bikers. However, half of his business involves motorsports, from professional teams and TV crews to vintage and weekend racers.
Chase said a typical installation runs $650-$700 for an on-board recording system and camera that mounts to the car. The full price range he quotes goes from $500 — "a bullet camera and cables" — to $1,200 — "for split screen and on-the-fly video processing and recording devices."
Chase said the next step in the evolution of on-board video recording is coming soon. He’s at work with data acquisition companies to incorporate video with computerized data acquisition — which shows everything from steering wheel angle to engine rpm — and even adds in global positioning satellite tracking so even an amateur driver will have an array of visible information just like the top professional racers.