Mickey Thompson Tires recently contracted Power Studios to create a narrative lifestyle video on Danny’s Thompson’s record-setting efforts at Bonneville.
Brandon McCray, one of the leading videographers from Power Studio’s video team, traveled more than 700 miles to capture this once-in-a-lifetime event: Danny Thompson’s 400 MPH attempt at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah. McCray attended the official “Speed Week” on August 11-14 to capture the Thompson team’s setup, qualifying runs, and return run.
The resulting video is spine-tingling and tells a story about the Thompson family that is a must-watch. Watch it below:
Known for his racing endeavors on the Bonneville salt flats, Mickey Thompson’s name became well known in the ‘60s for being the first American to break into the 400 MPH zone; but he never achieved his dream of officially entering the “400mph club.” Ever since Mickey’s death his son Danny has been chasing that unfulfilled dream of his father’s.
“It was crazy to think I was there to document something that could potentially be historical,” Power Studio’s McCray explained. “Since I was a kid, I’ve taken my dad’s Hot Rod magazines so I could check out the coverage from Bonneville. There is something about the idea of going as fast as you can that attracts a speed freak – attending that event had been something I wanted to do for years! It didn’t matter if you had a streamliner, a ‘30s Ford roadster, or a Honda Civic – people were there for the speed! For new and old car enthusiasts, it’s something you need to see at least once in your life.”
The vast expanse of salt flats includes both three courses and tracks, with the longest being five miles long with a three mile shut down. While many people were there in hopes of personal achievement, it is harder than it seems to hit that 200 mph mark. Danny Thompson made the attempt for more than five years to reach 200-plus mph, leaving the new goal of reaching 400 mph quite an undertaking for him and his team of volunteers.
Danny Thompson executed a 411 mph pass on his first Speed Week attempt with a 402 mph return pass – achieving an official 400 mph+ record at a qualifying average of 406.7 MPH. After 56 years of building, and many attempts, Danny said, “I’m proud to say that this weekend my crew and I were able to take care of my father’s unfinished business.”
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Power Automedia is excited to announce and welcome Steve Grein as Power Studio’s general manager. Grein will oversee Power Automedia’s video production team and the live broadcast division, SpeedVideo, as well as have a leading role in business development and client relationships.
Grein has over 22 years of experience in the automotive videography industry, having founded and owned NeWave Productions – a leading production studio in Chicago, Illinois. NeWave produced thousands of hours of motorsport content, television shows and corporate videos annually, in addition to producing live shows for the American Drag Racing League (ADRL), POWRi Midgets, Lucas Oil On The Edge, and others. Grein most recently was Executive Producer of MAVTV– an all-motorsports television network that covers racing events all over the globe.
“Adding a person of Steve’s caliber to the SpeedVideo and Power Automedia video production team is a big deal,” said Power Automedia CEO James Lawrence. “Steve has extensive automotive video production experience, having produced videos on the largest stages, both live and on-demand.”
“I am looking forward to building off of what has already been started at Power Automedia,” said Grein. “I have been a part of motorsports video and TV production since 1994. The opportunity to work in the automotive world in conjunction with video production was my best case scenario and I couldn’t be happier. The dynamic of the team at Power Automedia is very unique and I am very happy to be a part of it.”
SpeedVideo.com and the National Mustang Racers Association (NMRA) are proud to announce a new partnership for the upcoming 18th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, KY. Starting with test and tune on Friday, Sept. 30 and concluding on Oct. 2 at the end of final eliminations, SpeedVideo.com will bring high-definition live video onto the televisions, smartphones, tablets and computers of Ford drag racing fans across the globe.
“Our fans have been asking for a live video feed from Beech Bend Raceway for many years,” said Rollie Miller, NMRA General Manager. “Partnering with SpeedVideo.com for this event will allow us to make it happen. The NMRA World Finals will be broadcast to all of our fans.”
The 18th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals is the biggest and most exciting Ford motorsport event in the country. The event and it’s fans, racers and crew take over Bowling Green, KY from September 29 to October 2. This event determines 2016 NMRA National Champions while bringing out the best-of-the-best in all-Ford grassroots drag racing with special events like Outlaw True Street, Terminator/GT500, Turbo Coyote and EcoBoost Shootouts. Over the weekend, the on-track thrills are matched with Street Outlaws’ TV stars, a giant vendor midway, all-Ford car shows, swap meet and more.
“The NMRA World Finals is the biggest Ford event of the year,” said James Lawrence, SpeedVideo CEO. “We are honored to be producing the live HD broadcast for Ford performance enthusiasts and NMRA fans all over the world. The thing I’m most thrilled about is broadcasting the excitement of the prestigious NMRA championship battles. This is the 18th year for the NMRA World Finals, and it’s stacking up to be the biggest yet!”
For more information about the 18th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals, please go to www.NMRAdigital.com/KY or call 866.694.3475. If you can’t make it to Beech Bend Raceway Park on Sept. 30-Oct. 2 for the Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals, go to www.speedvideo.com to watch all of the wild, wheels up action in brilliant high-definition.
Memphis International Raceway has been the location for many legendary events that are entrenched deep in the lore of street car drag racing. The infamous Outlaw Street Car Reunion – referred to affectionately as ‘OSCR’ – adds to that history. Southern Speed Promotions has worked hard to grow the OSCR into a premiere small tire racing event that brings out the best racers in the world each spring. Power Automedia and SpeedVideo.com are proud to announce that they have reached a multi-year agreement with Southern Speed Promotions to broadcast one of the most exciting events in drag racing, the Outlaw Street Car Reunion for 2017 and beyond in “HD” with studio-quality audio.
“Our event has grown immensely in the past three years, and 2017 looks as if it could be one of the largest car counts to date,” explained Tyler Crossnoe, co-owner of Southern Speed Promotions. “Drag racing is a global sport that has millions of fans around the world and let’s face it — fans cannot attend every race that they want and still keep a job and family. This is where the live broadcast comes into play. We decided to work together with Power Automedia and SpeedVideo because their top quality HD broadcast and production value, studio-quality audio, and wireless cameras on the starting line will help us take this event to the next level.”
“Tyler and his team are one of the hardest working in drag racing,” said SpeedVideo’s James Lawrence. “I know first-hand because I raced at the Outlaw Street Car Reunion with our drag radial Camaro earlier this year. This event is a special one, that is quickly growing to rival the top events in drag radial and street car racing despite it’s relatively short history. We are proud to be partners with Southern Speed Promotions on a multi-year plan and we’re planning on helping them hand-in-hand to grow this event every year.”
SpeedVideo.com will be broadcasting all of the exciting action from the Outlaw Street Car Reunion IV on March 22-26, 2017… so fans from all over the world can see every second of the breathtaking radial tire racing.
Mark Samples, Crossnoe’s partner, is excited about the opportunity to grow the event with SpeedVideo’s support, “We are excited to partner with SpeedVideo to bring forth the most modernized live broadcast for 2017. SpeedVideo’s newest wireless cameras will bring an exciting effect to the event with our two exciting announcers, Al Tucci and Brian Lohnes. Can you imagine strapping into your 4,000 horsepower monster in Radial vs. The World with a microphone in your face and Al Tucci getting you hyped up for the finals and $15,000 on the table?! It will happen in 2017!”
You can experience all of the wheel standing action in person at Memphis International Raceway on March 22-26, or watch it online at www.speedvideo.com to see everything in stunning HD. Make sure to visit http://www.oscr.us to stay updated on all the Outlaw Street Car Reunion information.
When SpeedVideo.com launched earlier this year, the goal was to revolutionize the way racing was broadcast to fans around the world. The programming team at SpeedVideo is constantly working on ways to improve the user experience based on what the consumer really wants. After hearing from the fans, SpeedVideo has launched a new version this week that’s overflowing with cutting edge features, and will provide drag racing fans with a truly unique viewing experience.
The goal of the new SpeedVideo website is to create an environment that users can enjoy on multiple devices and platforms in the new digital age.
“We wanted a new live streaming experience that works seamlessly for mobile, tablet, computers and even living room television sets for anybody who views a SpeedVideo event,” Rolando Garcia, Senior Director of Technology and Platform explains.
To help build a deep user experience, the SpeedVideo development team looked for ways to provide viewers ways to see more than just the live event. “A section for news about our partnerships with event organizers for future events has been added to the site, so fans can see what’s on the horizon at SpeedVideo. An easy to navigate on-demand section of all past events has also been added, so users can watch hours and hours of action, or just event highlights if they prefer,” Garcia says.
If that wasn’t enough, the latest version of SpeedVideo received these incredible features:
“We are pleased to offer fans the ability to see great events happening at racing events all over the country. The ability to give our fans options to watch on any device they prefer, from any location, so they never have to miss any of the action is something we really worked hard on for this release,” Garcia explains.
Make sure to check out the new Speedvideo.com to see all the new features, and watch the first broadcast on the new platform August 19-20th when all the action at Outlaw Armageddon – The Second Coming goes live!
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SpeedVideo.com, in conjunction with drag racing magazine, Dragzine.com, will live broadcast the original, and world’s’s biggest No Prep race, the highly-anticipated Outlaw Armageddon in Thunder Valley, Oklahoma. The event is sponsored by Triple Diamond Construction.
“We are extremely excited to be able to partner with SpeedVideo.com to bring our event to the Internet,”said Thunder Valley’s Nick Duty. “Just as Outlaw Armageddon revolutionized No Prep Racing last year, SpeedVideo.com will help us take the event to another level for our fans.”
“The demand to have Outlaw Armageddon available for live broadcast has been overwhelming,” said SpeedVideo.com’s James Lawrence. “Not only will fans be able to watch round-by-round coverage, but they will also have inside access to the driver’s meeting, and instant replay’s of action on the track. This will be the closest you can be to the excitement without sitting in the stands.”
“The inaugural event was amazing, but ‘Outlaw Armageddon The Second Coming’ promises to be bigger and better,” Duty said. “We have more than doubled the purse to over $80,000 and given every racer in the country the opportunity to be part of one of the largest heads-up races in 2016 by entering one of our four classes. We have opened the competition up to include 200 racers.”
Not only will this race bring together the toughest racers in the country, but it will be done in the heart of the legendary 405 with a flashlight start. The inaugural event was an overwhelming success, with more than 18,000 fans from 38 different states packing the grandstands. For this year’s event, track and the promoters vowed to go bigger and better. The race has been expanded to include Big Tire and Small Tire Invitational races, along with the popular “Race Your Way In” class, and Outlaw Street and True Street classes.
In 2016, fans voiced their opinions on which drivers should be included in both Invitational classes, and with more than one million votes cast, the lineup is even more amazing than last year. Not only have all of the favorites returned to the lists — including Big Chief, Murder Nova, Daddy Dave, Boosted GT, Doc, and Monza — but fans have added such names as Jeff Lutz, Larry Larson, Petey Smallblock, Brian “Chucky” Davis, Mike Murillo, and James “Birman” Finney to the lineup.
The tagline for the event is: “Often Imitated, But Never Duplicated,” because nothing can compare to being deep in the 405, in the cozy confines of Thunder Valley Raceway, with unprecedented access to the baddest racers in the world.
Show up in Thunder Valley to experience it all first hand, or tune in August 19-20, 2016 to Speedvideo.com and Dragzine.com to watch the live broadcast presentation of Outlaw Armageddon. For more event information, visit www.outlawarmageddon.com.
The magic of motorsports and automotive performance will be in full effect as Speedvideo.com becomes a go to destination for the best automotive enthusiast video content, originally produced, on-demand, curated, or live stream.
Power Automedia is pleased to announce plans to launch Speedvideo.com in the third quarter of 2016. The website’s cornerstone will be live stream automotive programming, with a focus on producing live racing events in year one. Video content shall be distributed through Power Automedia’s network of 12 automotive magazines, which reach more than 2.1 million monthly viewers, as well as through Speedvideo.com’s video specific user interface.
“We believe in the magic of the automobile, and we believe the next step in immersing ourselves and our readers in that passion is by delivering live video of many of the industry’s top automotive events,” explained James Lawrence, CEO of Power Automedia. “We want to bring our viewers a dynamic automotive live event experience for events they can’t watch on network television. Plus, our editorial team will be onsite at these events, adding photo galleries, race results, and news as the events unfold. This is the content our readers love.”
Live streaming coverage will soft-launch March 11-12 with the $50,000 No Prep Bounty Hunters Drag Racing Event in San Antonio, Texas. The races will be broadcast on Dragzine.com with a three-camera production utilizing live stream technology. The event will star infamous drag racing personalities such as BoostedGT, Larry Larson, and James “Birman” Finney, and will feature the return of Mike Murillo’s LaFawnduh Mustang competing for $50,000 to win the ‘Big Tire’ class.
Speedvideo.com will also feature original programming, including on-demand coverage of automotive events, tech and how-to videos, annual SEMA and PRI trade shows, car features, car shows, and other unique automotive content. In addition, Speedvideo.com will curate some of the best on-demand and live stream video content from around the Internet.
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