Following on from my thread in the Motorsport forum I would like to introduce you to the DVD I have produced. You can read the background as to how this came about by reading the thread
, have a drink ready as it’s a long thread.
Once the idea of making a Video was raised by the members of NASIOC and I thought it might be interesting and fun to do I contacted a friend of mine called Diesel to see if he would help me put something together. Diesel is a professional TV producer who also happens to be a Subaru enthusiast and all round good egg,
he had the misfortune of sharing a lap at the ‘ring with me in my Westfield so had a great insight into what I wanted to do so was the perfect person to help make this a reality. At the time I had no idea how much work or time was involved in producing a Video, it’s been a massive learning curve for me and I can’t thank Diesel enough for all the work he put into this.
We then took onboard ideas from lots of people who either drove at the ‘ring or enjoyed watching the footage I had been posting in the Motorsport Forum and decided rather than just copy my footage onto a Video, we would produce something a little different that nobody to date has. There are lots of videos out there of people driving the ‘ring but there is nothing that is aimed at giving people an insight to what driving the circuit is really like for the majority of drivers who have never visited the circuit and wish to do so in their road cars.
Diesel and I then came up with the idea of producing two laps with detailed circuit information with additional graphics showing the racing line, corner names, inclination of the road, location on the circuit etc all in real time, so you can compare where you are to the footage you are watching. We also decided to have one of the laps with a commentary explaining the way I prefer to drive the circuit, with the lines I take, information such as where it is extra slippy in the wet, where to late apex and why plus some background info on the track that people might find interesting.
The remaining footage on the video is made up of various laps to give you a feel for the type of things you are likely to encounter such as superbikes that leave you on the straights but hold you up “in the twisties”, Ferraris that are easily overtaken when driven by someone unfamiliar with the circuit, how you can catch Porsche Turbo’s by carrying more speed through the high speed corners, that sort of thing. It‘s entertaining and at the same time informative showing you what goes on during a public access day at the Nurburgring. It shows really well what a fantastic car the Impreza STi is, soaking up the most challenging race circuit there is where you can be doing speeds in excess of 140MPH, hard braking into 30MPH corners or airborne over crests at over 100MPH. My Impreza never let me down once in hundreds of laps there, that’s an amazing thing to say when I look back.
There are eight laps and an Introduction clip giving a DVD of 1 hour 15 minutes:
The first lap features two camera angles, forward facing mounted at eye level on my crash helmet synchronised with a rear view, additionally there is an active circuit map which follows the direction of travel, so as you turn a corner the map rotates to show you what is ahead. You also have the corner name displayed and an indication of the gradient of the road either up or downhill in % and finally a lap timer running.
The second lap has footage from the offside door mirror which is synchronised to graphics showing you the racing line, plus an overall circuit map so you can see where on the track you are at any particular time. It also features full commentary by me set to some music. You also have the corner names displayed.
Lap three is from a camera mounted on the rear window pointing forward, which shows some good footage of how a Ferrari and Ducati are no match for an Impreza driven by someone with circuit knowledge. You also get to see a typical Yellow Flag situation which you can come across very quickly.
Lap four is a multi camera angle combination lap, with cameras mounted on my crash helmet, rear window pointing rearward, roof vent pointing forward, front bumper a few inches off the ground, side of the rear wing pointing forward, rear window pointing forward.
Lap five has forward facing footage that shows well how some drivers on track don’t know the rules and how this can frustrate other riders/drivers. There is also a good illustration of the traffic you can encounter which you have to be patient with.
Lap six is a full lap of the circuit from the rear facing camera, this shows better than anything how severe some of the elevation changes can be.
Lap Seven is a horizontally split screen lap with synchronised forward/rear facing footage.
Lap Eight is a vertically split screen lap with synchronised forward facing cameras from the rear window and roof vent, it shows really well how when you get the lines right you can carry a lot of speed by linking all the small corners and making them into a straight run. It also shows really well what an incredibly stunning circuit the nurburgring is.
The DVD is priced at $29.50 plus $4 for Postage and Packing. It is produced in widescreen NTSC (USA/Japan compatible) and also in PAL (Europe/Australia compatible) formats.
To Place an order you can pay via paypal, I will be able to take direct Credit Card payments in the near future when the shop entry is setup on the SIDC website, or you can pay using a non online method through Jamie (Subie Gal).
Please visit my website http://www.ontracknurburgring.com/
for ordering info or alternatively email me on [email protected]
with your preferred payment method and I will forward you the required information to place an order.
If you would like to see an Impreza STi TypeRA at work on the greatest circuit in the world, learn more about the track or even pick up some tips for your Gran Turismo 4 video game when driving the ‘ring this is the DVD for you.
Many thanks to Nick and the NASIOC members, I hope you enjoy the DVD, any questions please ask away in this thread.
John Felstead (member #856)