Track videographer almost taken out by tumbling race car

Oct 31, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Track videographer almost taken out by tumbling race car

Oct 31, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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We all take risks for our art of some form or another. For some, that risk is getting into debt to satisfy gear lust. For others, the risks are a little more physical. And those physical risks often seem to present themselves for motor racing photographers and videographers. As this video clip just goes to show.

There’s not really any information to go along with the clip, but it appears to be a rally somewhere in Russia. Then we see Car number 50 hurtle around a corner, all four tyres off the ground, before losing control, barely missing a guy shooting video on the side lines, tumbling several times, finally landing in a ditch.

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I have no idea exactly what model or even make of car it is. I’m not a car nut. If you know, let me know in the comments. But after landing, it seems to hit pretty hard, swerves up a bank, and then loses a wheel before tumbling towards the video guy. Fortunately, the cameraman’s quick thinking manages to save him, pulling his camera and tripod out of the way just in time.

The car, though, doesn’t stop until it takes a couple more tumbles, slams through some trees and rolls into a ditch. Later in the video, we see that the occupants of the vehicle managed to make it out just fine and nobody looks badly hurt.

The rear wheel coming off the car, and causing it to continue along the road probably saved the videographer. Had the wheel stayed on, with the direction the car was headed, it probably would’ve had the grip to go straight towards him.

A lucky escape, but I’ll bet the driver, navigator and the camera guy needed a clean change of underwear after this little encounter.

[via FStoppers]

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “Track videographer almost taken out by tumbling race car”

  1. Anthony Kerstens Avatar
    Anthony Kerstens

    I’ve never understood why they allow spectators so close to the action at rally car races.

    1. Планетянин Землянин Avatar
      Планетянин Землянин

      They can’t control all people.

  2. Lars Stokholm Avatar
    Lars Stokholm

    If you search YouTube for Finnish rally’s, you can find cars that drive directly into spectators, sending them over the hood or crushing them against trees, but drives on like nothing happened and leaving it up to the other spectators to care for the casualties. That is just a risk they live with in some countries.

  3. Планетянин Землянин Avatar
    Планетянин Землянин

    Very fast and smart photographer.

    PS
    I think is Lada – Soviet/Russian Federation car.