IN-CAR CAMCORDER MOUNT
Rig an onboard camera like the cops and
NASCAR, for 15 bucks. By Christophe Caron
Some time ago, the Audi club I belong to held a
track day at Infineon Raceway (formerly Sears Point
Raceway) in Sonoma, Calif. I wanted to document
my fast laps with onboard videos from my HD
camcorder. But I needed an in-car camera mount
to enable hands-free recording — ideally positioned
behind the driver’s seat, to show my view through
I looked online and found many types of video
camera mounts, some that mount on roll bar cages
(for race cars) and others that attach to headrests
(for everyday vehicles). But while shopping, I realized
that I wouldn’t receive any suitable mount in time,
even if I ordered it right away. So I built one myself.
I can see some refinements for it, but it works nicely
and the footage it captures is pretty stable. You can
watch a sample video at makezine.com/go/infineon.
You should be able to find all of these at a home
or hardware store for less than $15 total.
Photography by Christophe Caron
¾" aluminum or steel square tube about 2' long
U-bolts ( 2) that will fit around your car’s headrest
Wing nuts ( 4) that match the U-bolts
¼"- 20 screw, 1" long This should be the standard
diameter and thread for camera mounts.
Drill and drill bits
Tape measure or ruler