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Cameraman Hit by Rogue Tire During Rally Car Race, Returns It to Its Rightful Owner

We’re all aware that photographing motor sports can be a dangerous task. Whether it’s on an oval track, a road course, or along country ravines, there’s always an inherent risk when a comparatively fragile human is photographing thousands of pounds of metal, carbon fiber, plastic and glass traveling at speeds far above what many of us have ever driven.

But as the above video goes to show, it’s not always the vehicle itself you have to worry about… the pieces that occasionally come off the vehicle can be just as dangerous.

Filmed by Norwegian cameraman Steffan Tronstad, the video shows him following a rally car around a turn in the road when, all of a sudden, the front-left tire pops off. “I was so focused on getting a good shot of the car,” writes Tronstad, “that I didn’t notice the wheel coming towards me at about 70 km/h.”

As you’ve probably already deduced, the tire, which he estimates was traveling at about 43mp/h, ran right into Tronstad.

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The good news is Tronstad walked away with only a few bruises. In fact, in a hilarious twist to the story, Tronstad revealed to VG News that he personally handed the rogue tire back to the driver of the offending vehicle.

Of course, it could have gone much much worse, which brings us to the lesson here: Always pay attention! And if you see something fly off a vehicle you’re photographing, you might wanna sacrifice the shot, duck and cover.


 
  • TN

    he’s very lucky.. BUT he got the shot !!! so HOOLAY!!!!

  • KoryTwaites

    I want to know what someone yelled right before the tire hit the guy, do they yell “HEADS UP!” in other countries too?

  • http://www.eriklaurikulo.se/ Erik Lauri Kulo

    They would yell something like “Se opp!”, which means “Look up!”. But in this video I can’t tell. But one person seem to run up to the photographer and say “Hey Steffen, how are you? Do you have pain in …”

  • Fullstop

    We use the term “headache” to warn others of the impending doom.

  • 3ric15

    The lesson here: always make sure your wheels are torqued properly.

  • http://www.techytrez.com/ Trez Mortel

    awss it hurts that’s why rally photographer is like a soldier they are close to death to give us a perfect shot to view . http://www.techytrez.com/

  • 13oranges

    “Filmed by Norwegian cameraman” … I highly doubt he was using “film” in that camera!

  • Keith D

    I highly doubt anyone cares about your nitpicking.

  • 13oranges

    Sadly, I think you’re right: no one seems to care about attention to detail and factual accuracy.

    If a blog is going to act as an authority on a subject, it ought to avoid incorrect and antiquated terminology, no? That just demonstrates laziness and apathy.

    But yeah, snippy comment about nitpicking, haha.

  • Keith D

    I consider it nitpicking because you are referring to language as being static. Words and language are open to interpretation and can take on new meanings as time goes on.