Photographer Has a Close Call With Flipping Car

When using a camera on a race track it's best to be cautious, and in this case really lucky. What looks like a back woods rally circuit, there are a multitude of onlookers and spectators for the day's racing. We see the number 50 car becomes airborne on a ramped corner in the beginning of the video, and while attempting to hold the line over compensates for the turn and careens toward a camera man pitched at the end of the inside of the turn.

Thankfully, the camera operator is seen ducking away as a race car flips through the very spot they were set up just a moment before. With some very quick reflexes, the photographer even had time to pull their equipment back before the front of the vehicle flips into and through the area that they were set up and into the wooded area. 

The video looks to come from eastern Europe and reminds me of some of the breathtaking and honestly scary close calls that happen in the Baja 500. Spectators on or next to the track without any barriers where vehicles many times are being pushed to their limit. If you are spectating or maybe even a photographer for one of these events I would say to enjoy the action from a safer position. It can be very dangerous being so close to the action.

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Cathleen Shea's picture

Dang! Cautionary tales and wise reminders to always have an exit strategy.

Jordan Pinder's picture

But where is the footage from the red cameraman?

Notice how casually he moved out of the way. Looks like the car just barely missed the bottom of the tripod.

Amazing that the drivers got out uninjured. Look how little damage the car sustained! Now why aren't regular cars reinforced that way?

its called a roll-cage and some specialty versions of street legal cars do have them but most eliminate the back seats to do so.

Yeah I know what it's called.

Cathleen Shea's picture

Ahhhh the nuances of sarcastic wit in text. You has it, Bob. LOL.

Nah, never been a fan of sarcasm. Way too much of that crap in society today. Irony? Yes.

Communication in text can be deceiving. I'll take the witty part though. 😃 😏

Here is another close call. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ75IOekC5s

Rally races are NUTS. I would stand as far as I could with a zoom lens if I was covering it, or just spectating.

600mm lens, on a 1" sensor, should do.

I myself had a close call in 2011, when a Mistubishi Lancer Evo IX almost killed me. Since then, i've stopped photographing on the non advised areas, specially outside curves. Guess what, my photos got better, because i was way more relaxed, didn't feel like i was in danger all the time.
Other thing, why is that the photographer went with a tripod to a freaking rallysport event? You must be able to move fast and avoid things like that. Was he really a photographer or Rally Uncle Bob?

He was certainly very lucky. I would have gone and indulged in one of my most favorite but unhealthy meals after that.

I'm not a specialist but perhaps he had his favourite spot, lens prefocused and just waiting for the cars to come into the frame.

Chris PLUNKETT's picture

It was for this very reason that the group B rally cars were banned when a spectator at a rally in Ireland was killed when he was hit by one of them,either a Metro 6R4 or RS 200 tossed him a dozen or more feet into the air as easily as if he was a rag doll.

michael buehrle's picture

yes it was a little close. i have shot a bunch of rallies and things like this and i can tell you that being on the inside of a corner is much safer than the outside. having a big tree near by is also handy.

Been there, a few years ago i just got out of a wrist injury and couldn't race, so i decided to go to the race and shoot some of my friends, one of them almost got me! A fellow photographer got this photo where i almost got hit...