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U-37.com is now live…

by Walt Ottenad on Mar.02, 2010, under Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Unlimited Hydroplanes

As a crew member on the Billy Schumacher Racing U-37 Unlimited Hydroplane, I’ve spent about 2 1/2 weeks updating the U-37 website (www.u-37.com)to get ready for the 2010 H1 Unlimited season. The site will feature HD onboard video, live video from each race site via the team’s U-37 TV stream, and up to the minute updates from the shop and the road. Check it out…

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GoPro HD Motorsports Hero Cameras are in stock at Northwest Speedshots!

by Walt Ottenad on Jan.31, 2010, under GoPro HD, Video

GoPro HD Motorsports HeroThe GoPro HD Motorsports Hero video cameras are in and they are absolutely incredible! They BLOW AWAY anything we’ve ever seen in terms of video quality, audio quality and versatility. It now includes THREE different High -Definition recording modes, and ships with all the mounting options of the old GoPro Motorsports Hero, and now include a replaceable Lithium-Ion battery, swappable rear doors for more audio recording options and high definition cables to play your footage directly from the camera – an AMAZING combination for an extremely reasonable price!
Get ready for the season early and order yours now for a price WAY too low to advertise and MUCH cheaper than the $299.99 you’ll see elsewhere on the internet! (Really – we’ll get in trouble and jeopardize our ability to supply these to our racer friends if we advertise the price…) Drop us an email and we’ll make it worth your while to put one of these incredible little cameras on your race ride this year!

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J. Michael Kelly wins UIM World Championship in Doha

by Walt Ottenad on Nov.21, 2009, under Boat Racing, Unlimited Hydroplanes

J. Michael Kelly in the U-7 Graham Trucking won his first hydroplane final in grand fashion, passing an ailing U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus in the final lap to win the inaugural Oryx Cup UIM World Championship.

Steve David in the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto finished second giving him enough points to lay claim to both the team and driver H1 Unlimited National High Points Championship and retain the coveted U-1 designation for the 2010 season.

Villwock in the U-16 had engine difficulty after a bumpy ride through the west turn on the second lap and the usually strong charging orange and blue hull started to compression stall and yellow flame came through the tailpipe. He managed to hold off Kelly until the final lap.

Jeff Bernard flips the U-5 in the second turn of the final heat in DohaThe final heat was rerun after Jeff Bernard in the U-5 Formulaboats.com flipped during in its initial running. Bernard was talking with the media and the crowd in Doha and appears to be fine.

(Photo by Bill Osborne – story courtesy of H1 Unlimited)

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Browse our SmugMug galleries with Cooliris!

by Walt Ottenad on Oct.14, 2009, under Cooliris, SmugMug

full_screen_smugmug_smallIn our constant quest to make Northwest Speedshots one of the coolest motorsports photography and video destinations on the internet, we’ve added one of the coolest features yet! You can now not only view all of our galleries with the Cooliris browser plugin, but you can also browse  and purchase the high resolution SmugMug images directly from our galleries.  Cooliris allows you to view thousands of images on a continuous “wall” that stretches seemingly into infinity( top image at left), and allows you to “fly” from one end of the gallery to the other in seconds.

The links to the SmugMug galleries will always be located below the mainfull_screen_smugmug_slideshow_small image “wall”. Once you’ve opened the high resolution SmugMug galleries in a new Cooliris window, you can then do many more things: view each image in a MUCH larger format (at right) than is possible in our flash-based Cooliris galleries, or start a slideshow of all images in the gallery. If you maximize your browser window and view in “full screen mode” (hit F11 in Internet Explorer), the effect is stunning!

smugmug_links_small If you see an image you’d like to purchase, click the image to bring up the larger view, then click the “Go to webpage” link (at left) in the bottom right corner to go to that image in SmugMug where you can choose your options and purchase that image. It really couldn’t be any easier! We will generally post a “Best of” gallery featuring what we consider to be the best images of the event, and a “Rest of” gallery containing the remainder.  Feel free to browse and order from either gallery.  Due to licensing restrictions, some event images will not be available for purchase, but still look incredible in the Cooliris browser, so we added them for your enjoyment.  Thanks again for visiting Northwest Speedshots and spread the word – we love what we do and want to share it with the world!

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GoPro HD Hero Pre-production footage

by Walt Ottenad on Oct.13, 2009, under GoPro HD, Video

gp-logo-bbgUPDATE: GoPro has added an HD clip of in-car video shot at Laguna Seca – A MUST SEE!

GoPro has posted some pre-production footage from the upcoming HD Hero at http://www.goprocamera.com/hdheropreview In addition to stunning HD quality video, the HD Hero includes three different resolutions: 1080p, 960p, and 720p, allowing mind-blowing wide-screen HD (1080) or super wide-angle HD (960 & 720) and even slow-motion in the 720p mode! Among other things, they have dramatically improved the sound recording capabilities and added the ability to record on up to 32GB SD cards and a rechargeable battery to boost record time to over 2 hours. Click here for a PDF showing the specs of the HD Hero.

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2009 ULHRA Silverdale Thunder

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.16, 2009, under Boat Racing, Silverdale - Dyes Inlet, Unlimited Lights Hydroplanes

Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2009 ULHRA Silverdale Thunder - Aug. 15-16, 2009 at Silverdale, WA

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VIDEO: 2009 ULHRA Silverdale Thunder: UL-9 Final Heat

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.16, 2009, under GoPro, Silverdale - Dyes Inlet, Unlimited Lights Onboard, Video


Joe Souza was able to deliver best finish in the history of Xaudaro/Wilmot Racing at Silverdale Thunder, bringing the UL-9 home in third place, following Brian Perkins in the UL-11 & Kayleigh Perkins in the UL-72.

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VIDEO: Silverdale Thunder 2009: UL-11 Schellhase/Bartels Racing – Final Heat

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.16, 2009, under GoPro, Silverdale - Dyes Inlet, Unlimited Lights Onboard, Video


Brian Perkins gave owner Bob Schellhase his maiden victory in the UL-11 at 2009 Silverdale Thunder.

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VIDEO: 2009 ULHRA Silverdale Thunder: UL-11 Heat 3 Cockpit/Tail Cam PIP

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.16, 2009, under GoPro, Silverdale - Dyes Inlet, Unlimited Lights Onboard, Video


Onboard video from the UL-11 Schellhase/Bartels Racing Unlimited Light hydroplane in Heat 3 at Silverdale Thunder.

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VIDEO: 2009 Silverdale Thunder: UL-11 Schellhase/Bartels Racing – Heat 3

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.16, 2009, under GoPro, Silverdale - Dyes Inlet, Unlimited Lights Onboard, Video


Onboard video from the UL-11 Schellhase/Bartels Racing Unlimited Light hydroplane in Heat 3 at Silverdale Thunder.

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VIDEO: 2009 ULHRA Silverdale Thunder: UL-9/UL-58 B Main

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.16, 2009, under GoPro, Silverdale - Dyes Inlet, Unlimited Lights Onboard, Video


Smokin’ Joe Souza in the UL-9 and Dan McCullough in the UL-58 go head to head in this interesting split screen view of the B Main at Silverdale. Souza won the heat and advanced to the final…

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VIDEO: 2009 ULHRA Silverdale Thunder: UL-9 Heat 1

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.15, 2009, under GoPro, Silverdale - Dyes Inlet, Unlimited Lights Onboard, Video


Onboard video from the UL-9 Xaudaro/Wilmot Racing Unlimited Light hydroplane in Heat 1 at Silverdale Thunder.

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VIDEO: Bonneville 2009 – Mike Hancock’s 1982 Firebird – 205.462MPH

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.13, 2009, under Auto Racing, Bonneville Salt Flats, ChaseCam, Land Speed Records, Video


Michael Flaherty engineered this video of Mike Hancock attempting to set a new Land Speed Record in his 1982 Pontiac Firebird at the Bonneville Salt Flats

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2009 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.02, 2009, under Boat Racing, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Walt Ottenad's gallery of the 2009 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair held July 31-August 2, 2009 in Sattle, WA.Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2009 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair held July 31-August 2, 2009 in Sattle, WA.

For this race, I continued to work with Scott “Pyro” Raney and the U-37 crew (great guys and girls – REALLY positive about EVERYTHING), doing all the onboard video. We got some amazing stuff that no one had really seen before, and had a bunch of fun doing it.  It was a great weekend – J.W. even made the podium…

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VIDEO: 2009 Chevrolet Cup at Seafair: U-37 – Final Heat – Rear View

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.02, 2009, under GoPro, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Onboard video from the U-37 Schumacher Racing Unlimited hydroplane in the Final Heat at the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair.

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VIDEO: 2009 Chevrolet Cup at Seafair: U-37 – Final Heat – Front View

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.02, 2009, under GoPro, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Onboard video from the U-37 Schumacher Racing Unlimited hydroplane in the Final Heat at the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair.

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VIDEO: 2009 Chevrolet Cup at Seafair: U-37 – Heat 2B – Driver’s View

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.02, 2009, under GoPro, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Onboard video of J.W. Myers from the U-37 Schumacher Racing Unlimited hydroplane in Heat 2B at the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair.

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VIDEO: 2009 Chevrolet Cup at Seafair: U-37 – Heat 2B – Split Screen

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.02, 2009, under GoPro, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Split-screen video from the U-37 Schumacher Racing Unlimited hydroplane in Heat 2B at the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair.

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VIDEO: 2009 Chevrolet Cup at Seafair: U-37 – Heat 3B – Front View

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.02, 2009, under GoPro, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Forward looking onboard video from the U-37 Schumacher Racing Unlimited hydroplane in Heat 3B at the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair.

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VIDEO: 2009 Chevrolet Cup at Seafair: U-37 – Heat 3B – Rear View

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.02, 2009, under GoPro, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Rearward looking onboard video from the U-37 Schumacher Racing Unlimited hydroplane in Heat 3B at the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair.

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VIDEO: 2009 ULHRA Graham Trucking Cup at Seafair: UL-9 – Heat 1A

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.01, 2009, under GoPro, Lake Washington, Unlimited Lights Onboard, Video


Joe Souza in the US Army – NAPA Auto Parts UL-9 finished Heat 1A at Seafair in third place with a 77.866mph average speed

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VIDEO: 2009 Chevrolet Cup at Seafair: U-37 – Heat 1A

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.01, 2009, under GoPro, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Jean Theoret came back from a near-death experience in Madison to take the U-37 around the Lake Washington course at Seafair. Unfortunately he had not healed sufficiently to allow him to continue, and after this heat, handed off the driving duties to J.W. Myers for the remainder of the weekend.

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VIDEO: 2009 Seafair: U-22 Webster Racing/Miss Airbag Service – Saturday Test

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.01, 2009, under GoPro, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Mike Webster takes the U-22 onto the Seafair Unlimited course for a test during the 2009 Chevrolet Cup at Seafair. Thanks to the Airbag Service crew for this video!

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VIDEO: 2009 ULHRA Graham Trucking Cup at Seafair: UL-56 “Wild” Bill Strain loses prop

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.01, 2009, under GoPro, Lake Washington, Unlimited Lights Onboard, Video


In Heat 1A of Unlimited Lights action at Seafair, the output shaft on the UL-56 broke at the prop, sending it into the right side tail, hitting the GoPro camera that was mounted there! This slowed down footage clearly shows the propeller as it bounced off the tail. Click the image below to see the prop caught in mid-air (courtesy of KIRO TV Seattle)

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