Here is what I did yesterday for Charlotte Motor Speedway. The photos will make more sense if you first read my press release about the bulletproof car display for the Food Lion AutoFair on this page.
My Canon 7D has a great video function built in. I used it and my 200mm lens with 1.4:1 extension to capture the moment the first bullet attempted to penetrate the armored Suburban. For this initial shot, all media and speedway staff were asked to stand behind a building on the firing range property in case of a ricochet. For all subsequent firings, we were able to stand within 20 yards of the vehicles. (I recommend watching the video at full screen with your speakers turned on for full effect.)
The first set of photos is what happened when two deputies from the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Dept. fired rounds from assault rifles into the driver’s window of The Streit Group’s armored 2011 Chevrolet Suburban.
Here is what the owner of a regular Suburban can expect with one shot to his window.
After the media display, the deputies had some target practice with a pane of bulletproof glass The Streit Group brought for demonstration purposes. Even after eight or more hits from the assault rifles, the back of the pane was still intact and smooth to the touch.
This next batch of photos is just a representation of the Media Day activities.