We are extremely proud to be announcing a few new additions to the MotorMavens editorial team this month! We will follow up soon with another post introducing the other new MotorMavens (and introducing everyone on the team, actually) as we receive photos from them, but right now we’re proud to announce that we’ll be receiving contributions from a friend to many, who happens to be the author of the definitive book about Drifting history and one of the most accomplished photojournalists in the industry… Antonio Alvendia.
Unfortunately for us, we don’t have the resources to retain his services full time, as he is a pretty busy guy. According to Antonio, he has a few new projects in the works (although he won’t confirm the rumors we’ve heard about the new hardcover book) in addition to the stuff he’s still doing for other magazines and websites like Speedhunters, which Antonio helped to build and make popular.
Either way, adding his incredible talent and ability to our team even as a part-time contributor will only increase the level of content that we’re able to deliver to you! We’re really stoked about it, and we can’t wait to see the new pics he has been shooting! Stay tuned to MotorMavens.com!
Last weekend, we were out at the Redline Time Attack at Willow Springs International Raceway, performing a camera test. Every once in a while, we have to test different types of cameras to see what kind of footage they’re capable of producing.
This time, we were trying out a Canon HF S100 consumer level HD video camera. The camera costs less than $1000 USD, so it isn’t too expensive, and we think it’s still capable of producing pretty decent image quality – remember, the entire camera is about the size of a Campbell’s Chunky soup can! The whole point of testing these different consumer level cameras is to figure out which ones have the best image quality and features-for-the-price. Nowadays, more and more people are interested in self-producing videos for Youtube, Vimeo or Streetfire uploads; this is why we think it’s interesting to test real-world cameras that normal people can actually afford and edit using iMovie or Final Cut.
Anyway, at Willow Springs, we encountered several challenges – it was extremely difficult for the camera to focus while shooting through heat haze (on the track) and the wind presented an issue, but all in all, we think the Canon HF S100 isn’t bad for a straight-to-SD card HD video camera under $1000. However, we’ll let you watch the video and form your own opinion. What do you think?
Our friends at Clash Production in France just released this great video of the BMW/Alpina B6 GT3 team at the ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nurburgring. We’ve got to hand it to them – we think it’s one of their best videos yet! Enjoy!
Umm… this one totally took us by surprise. We just happened to be in a parking structure in Los Angeles, looking for a place to park our car, when we spotted this Jedi Knight getting out of a Honda Del Sol, which was modified to look like a Rebel Speeder – complete with R2D2! WTF?! Seriously! Dude. He even had a light saber (and his license plate says OBISHWN). Maybe his X-wing fighter was in the shop..?