About a week ago I wrote about a man who’s used a camera from the early 1910s to photograph a modern Formula 1 race. Since then, more and more of this trend is beginning to pop up on social media, with the latest being a video of IndyCar racing using a super 8.
Using a 1968 Canon 1218 Super 8, videographer Nick Shirrell captured the IndyCar at Road America in what may just be the perfect level of quality and grain. The lower frame rate helps make the cars appear faster, and the period-correct commentating adds yet another layer of heritage.
As you may know, the Super 8 camera doesn’t record audio like a normal modern camera, so Shirrell used a shotgun condenser mic into an old mini-cassette tape recorder. It’s this attention to detail that gives this video its high quality, and oh is it good.
This isn’t the first time Shirrell has done something like this. With the same camera setup, he recorded a For the Sake of Racing event on April 20th at the Gingerman Raceway in Michigan. He’s now planning on producing these types of videos on a weekly basis for his Instagram account, so definitely go and give him a follow.