Last weekend Carla and I were in Indianapolis to celebrate my new job. We’d planned to meet our friends Annette, Joe, and Kyle Dvorak to see Kyle race in an ADRL Jr. Pro drag racing meet. What wasn’t planned was Carla encouraging me to by a new camcorder. A couple of trips to Fry’s — which we don’t have in Cincinnati unfortunately — and I had my new toy: a Canon HF S10 camcorder. 64 GB solid-state memory (32 internal, 32 via an SD card), 27 mbit/sec AVCHD native recording, nearly 9 megapixel pickup, zebra bars, full manual overrides for just about everything, internal lens cap, and all in a package about the size of a overstuffed hotdog bun.
After putting as much charge on the battery as I could, and barely reading the manual, we took of for the O’Reilly Raceway Park, which Joe was astonished to learn wasn’t the same as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (same side of town, but several miles apart). I knew Kyle had been racing these for a few years, but this was the first time I’d seen it in person. To say I was impressed is an understatement. I’m going to have to brush off some rusty videography skills because this is a camera to grow into, but I hope this video gives some sense of how cool these cars — and the young people who race them — really are