Saturday, July 26, 2008

WKYC videographer gets up close with Soap Box Derby

I've worked with videographer Larry Baker for 15 years .. and as a co-worker, there's no one better. He's not only an amazing photographer and editor, but he thinks like a reporter and when we team up, my job is very easy.

We were at Derby Downs Friday covering the "Super Kids Classic" race when Larry got the idea to give the story a first-person look. He wanted to ride down in one of the special cars.

Just understand that while the SK cars are built for two people (one special-needs competitor and one local derby driver to steer) the cars are not made for full-grown adults.

Larry was not to be denied.

With my son Jacob (age 11 and one of the local derby drivers who was steering for the day), Larry scrunched his entire body AND his camera into the car for a ride down the hill.

I had my handi-cam with me .. so I grabbed a good shot of Larry's ride. In the background, you'll hear former radio personality Mark Richards calling the play-by-play. For a short time, he thought I was the one driving, but eventually figured out it was Jacob.

Jacob told me that driving straight was easy, the hard part was getting the car to stop because the brake pad isn't designed for that much weight.

Anyway, Larry's video was top-notch and was a great part of the story-telling in our piece for Channel 3 News. I just wanted you to know what lengths someone had to go to to get that shot.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for your and Larry's coverage of the Superkids. They and their parents deserve so much respect. Thanks to for your love and commitment to the entire Derby program. You were a smash at the Awards Ceremony!!!


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