I really did not plan on going to the October 2012 MG shoot in Arizona. Ideally I would plan my vacation schedule around the shoot so I can rest up and relax a little bit before driving 6 plus hours to Arizona from California.
I started getting some PM's on Youtube from Rob, the official videographer and webmaster of MGshooters.com about if I was able to attend it this year. I've let him use some of my slow motion footage for his videos before and he has quite a few videos of Big Sandy going back before 2005. He is able to get special access and said he can get me up close to the guns. Before I had to film about 10 feet behind the shooters, behind the rope.
I told a friend of mine, Bill, at work about Big Sandy and showed him some of the videos Rob and others posted on Youtube and apparently he caught the fever and wanted to attend it. He volunteered to drive. So we are leaving Friday night/Saturday morning and should arrive at the shoot by 7am. We both have understanding wives, fortunately.
When I went last year, I went by myself and it was like a miserable camping trip. It should be a lot more enjoyable having someone else drive and share the experience with. Bill will probably be very good on camera and will be a good announcer. Since I have filmed the event before, I always regretted not doing this, or that. So hopefully I will do a better job just filming this time. Bill is naturally very energetic and outgoing. He can talk your ear off.
I think he will give the videos a lot of "personality".
Bill has been a minor contributor to my channel. He is the one that filmed The Hayabusa vs Harley video. This video has become more of a place where viewers can call each other names and try in vain, to convince others that Harleys are better than Japanese bikes and that their dads can beat up all your dads. (and visa versa)
Filming Big Sandy on Saturday should be better than the Friday I filmed last year. I imagine more spectators will be there, but also there should be an ever bigger variety of guns. I am hoping to see some Dillion Miniguns and other stuff I missed last year. The night-shoot on Saturday is also better than Friday's. They shoot at boxes of fireworks on Saturday.
If you happen to see me there, I'll be the guy with the weird looking camera rig. Stop and say "hi!". I have been told the Hellcat tank will be there again this year.