It’s hard to keep track of all the fancy features on video cameras these days, with new updates coming out seemingly every few months. While it’s definitely cool to see 4K and high-def and slow-motion footage, there’s something about watching stuff shot on a vintage camera that evokes an incredibly retro and nostalgic feel. Which is why, if you watch YouTuber Nick Shirrell’s video of the 2019 IndyCar Grand Prix at Road America, you’d think that you were right back in 1968, when racing legend Mario Andretti himself was in the throes of his IndyCar career.
Back in June, Shirrell, who’s also a member of the ChampCar Endurance Racing Series team called For the Sake of Racing, took a 1968 Canon 1218 Super 8 to the Road America track in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin and worked his magic. I mean, he clearly put a lot of work into this.
According to the video description, Nick shot with a 1968 Canon 1218 Super 8 movie camera using Kodak 50D and Kodak 200T film stock. Super 8 cameras were popular back in the day because they were cheaper to buy, and used a smaller-cut cheaper film stock that helped home moviemaking proliferate. It reminds us of old home movies and helps intuitively add a layer of nostalgia to even a modern context.
It helps that Nick seemingly sourced some old-timey narration and cleverly synced it up with the sequences he shot, discussing the track, the pits, a look inside the garages, and the cars racing by, though it seems like the actual noise from the cars may have actually been recorded live as well.
This is clearly nothing short of impressive. If you liked the IndyCar video, Shirrell’s posted a few more Super 8 videos that will definitely be right up your alley. Dude’s got a gift!