Picture of GoPro Vehicle Mounts: The Magnet Mount
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The Bonneville Salt Flats have held an appeal to gearheads for nearly a century, the highlight of which is the annual "Speedweek" held in the month of August.  For the past 3 years two good friends of mine have made the journey from Minnesota to Utah in a unique vehicle they built by hand, with each year adding to the already colorful history that they've created.  This year is no different with the year's car being a completely rebuilt-for-racing 66' Coronet.

They recently decided that this year they were going to bring along a "GoPro Hero II" and attempt to capture some of the shenanigans that would undoubtedly ensue.  A few days ago, they approached me to design and create several camera mounts and plan out several shots to add interest to their video.  Overall we created three different mounts:  A fender mount, a roll cage mount, and as seen in this instructable... a magnetic hood-and-roof mount.

As with all the mounts we created, versatility is key.  We created the magnet mount with the idea that we will be moving the position from the hood to the roof to the trunk to wherever (that is vertical).  

We were inspired by a few GoPro car videos, primarily "Drift Battle 2" and Ken Block's "Gymkhana five".  It's worth checking both of these out whether or not you intend to build this mount.  They are amazing videos.

Fun Fact!  I took all of the photos for this 'ible with a GoPro!

I only have photos of immediately after I created the mount, but will upload photos of the mounts attached to the coronet soon
IamGutter1 year ago

Does a magnet that strong affect the digital media in the camera? I love the idea but would be afraid that one close pass of the magnet to the camera and you have an erased memory card. Thanks.

licenseless2 years ago
U can probably just throw a layer or two of duct tape on the magnet so it doest scratch the paint...

The prblem with useing a magnet verses a suction cup is a lot of the proes cars have carbon or fiberglass hood doors trunks front fenders and even rear wide body fenders leaving only the roof... Its a nice mount... But its still better to just use the suction cup ...

On that note... I got a new mount idea for a chase car... Thank you for that... Good instructable
gjchandler (author)  licenseless2 years ago
When I did this I made a number of mounts, one of which was a fender mount, doesn't use magnets.


And your welcome!
dlebryk2 years ago
Great idea. Simple ideas can be the best.

You might think about some kind of thin plastic or teflon sheet to put over the magnet to help protect the paint on a car. I like the fact that you figured out a 25 pound magnet was the right amount of force to keep the mount in place. Nothing like telling me the camera stayed put at Bonneville!
gjchandler (author)  dlebryk2 years ago
I thought the same thing, though my friend told me not to worry about it for now, as the car just had primer on it, and after the flats he'll probably have to re-bondo a bunch of stuff and re-paint it anyway (from the salt damage) so not to worry about it.
lennin0012 years ago
Excellent Post!!
gjchandler (author)  lennin0012 years ago
Thanks!! Be sure to check out the other two!
cowcrusher2 years ago
More pics of the Coronet please. There is something special about MoPars from that era.
gjchandler (author)  cowcrusher2 years ago
I'll see if I can dig up some more for ya, it's a beast. I'm still trying to get the actual video from the trip from my friend, but it's taking a while for him to do the rough cut.
jsolterbeck2 years ago
Cool - can't quite tell how the bolt fits in there though - does the magnet have a recess? And then how do you get the washer to hold it? I guess I'll go find a magnet and sort it out, just wondering how you dealt with the bolt hanging below the surface of the magnet. Thanks for putting this up!
gjchandler (author)  jsolterbeck2 years ago
The magnets we found have a recess on them specifically so you can bolt something through it. I'll see if I can find an amazon equivalent of it and link it on the 'ible for you.
This is a well written easy to understand instructable. I love the utter lack of tools needed. Thanks!
gjchandler (author)  freefall20232 years ago
Hey Thanks!