Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Karting in 1960s and 1970s from 8mm films

Greetings... I am still here!

It has been a long time since I posted to this blog.  Many things in life have happened to push karting the background.

However, I have have been working on transferring our family 8mm films to digital form.  Nearly two years ago I happened upon this video ( ) showing how to project the images directly onto the chip of a DSLR camera.

I created a similar set-up.  The videos below are a part of the project.  The results are not perfect as there is a flicker which I could not totally work around.  I hope to make it better in the future.

Most of the video was shot by my father, Lyle Giles, and feature other karters, Pete Evans and Larry Goie from the Indy Kart Club.  Thankfully, my mother, Wanda Giles, also controlled the camera some so we can see Dad racing and flagging.

You can watch the videos on this page, but I STRONGLY suggest clicking on the Youtube icon and watching it there.  If your connection is fast enough, change the resolution 720HD video.

I hope you enjoy the videos!

Indianapolis Raceway Park - May 1967

Indianapolis Raceway Park - 1967

Indianapolis Raceway Park - 1967
BONUS! Indy500 practice

Indianapolis Raceway Park - October 1967

Meadowdale International Raceway - 1967

Greenfield Street Race - 1967

Blackhawk 1969

Louisville Street Race 1969

International Karting Federation Nationals 1969 - Indianapolis Raceway Park

Grattan, Michigan enduro race - 1969

Quincy Sprint Race 1968

Indianapolis Raceway Park - 1973

International Karting Federation Nationals - Indianapolis Raceway Park - 1974

Indianapolis Raceway Park - 1974 - WRECK

Indianapolis Raceway Park - October 1974 
Last race and Restoration


  1. Thank you for posting. My dad is in many of these races and brought him such joy tonight. His name is Steve Hawkins.

  2. Hi Steve— thanks for your comment. I am so sorry for not replying sooner. Makes me happy these films brought joy to your dad. That means the world��