When I started autocrossing my car I wanted a way a dashboard cam to record the video. I looked at a few online and they were quite expensive and were only mounted to the car using a suction mount. I didn’t feel like spending the money on a camera with a suction mount as many actual race tracks don’t allow cameras to be mounted this way. There must a a physical connection to mount the camera.
I had a cheap point and shoot camera laying around. I decided to mount this to my car. It can shoot video at 640 X480 at 30 fps. I figured this would be good enough for short autocross races.
Step 1: Where to Put the Camera
I needed a point on the car which to mount the camera. I chose the point where the sunvisor is attached to the headboard in the car. All cars have this point and there is a threaded fitting where the clip that holds in the visor is attached. My mount design is very simple and I was able to make it in just a few minutes with some scrap material.
Step 2: Mounting the Camera
The only thing I needed to buy was ¼” X 1” long bolt with 20 threads per inch. This is the standard UNC threading for a ¼” bolt. If this confuses you any hardware store will know exactly what this means. You can even bring in your camera to make sure the bolt will fit into the camera. This will screw into the threaded fitting on the bottom of a camera normally reserved for a tripod.