Auto Polo with Model T's

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Michael Gotesman on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 01:26 am:

I've never ever thought before that it is possible!

translate with Google, please - but just look at those pictures :-)

http://toro-toro-toro.livejournal.com/19965.html#cutid1


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob Sanders-Auburn Al on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 02:08 am:

Michael,
These were period photos staged and doctored in the darkroom. Films at the time were not fast enough to stop the action....


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Thode - Onalaska, WA, USA on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 02:26 am:

Here is a video of some auto polo
http://www.shorpy.com/node/5642?size=_original

The may be some photo retouching but I believe that auto polo was a real thing in the day.
Here is a full description from 1934 on how to play:
http://www.shorpy.com/node/5642#comment-56844


And a few more pics
http://www.shorpy.com/node/5647

http://www.shorpy.com/node/5645

http://www.shorpy.com/node/5642

http://www.shorpy.com/node/5639


Jim


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 03:09 am:

It was a real sport in the '30s, '40s and early '50s. There was a thing called "Movietone News Reels" from the '20s through the '50s. Much like the television news programs today, they filmed and narrated news and human interest stories, showing them in movie theaters before the feature film. (Thousands of them were made.) Years ago, I used to go to a theater that showed early movies as well as a few of those "News Reels". They showed a couple of them showing Model T Polo.
The photo above is interesting, and does appear staged. As I recall, and it has been a long time, the hoops on the cars were larger than those. the cars would roll completely over and end up back on their wheels to keep going.

Michael,
Do you observe a holiday season there like we do here? Cultural differences fascinate me. The more differences I find, the more alike we seem to be.

Drive carefully, and enjoy the season! W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Michael Gotesman on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 03:50 am:

Of course, we had not such kinds of entertainment here in Russia: up to 1990s, any car was luxury...

Of course, we have cultural differences, but not too fatal - as showed during the Cold War.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Frank Harris on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 11:47 am:

My Uncle Joe Harris played Model T Polo in the good old days and had a ball. Never got hurt . . . much. They had the huge hoops up and over and could do a full barrel roll just like Wayne Sheldon said above. The most tender parts of the cars were the four wooden wheels and the steering wheel. Everything else was removed.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chris Bamford, Edmonton AB on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 02:07 pm:

Ford Polo at the Edmonton Exhibition Grounds many years ago. Sorry for the low resolution, best that I have.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chris Bamford, Edmonton AB on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 02:23 pm:

Correction, here are better-resolution closeups of the cars...




Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Hjortnaes-Men Falls, WI on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 04:48 pm:

Michael

Come to Wisconsin in february and you might get a chance to drive a polo car. One member of the club has a working car and another member is building one. When I get home I can send you a picture of me driving one last winter.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Michael D. Zahorik on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 09:15 pm:

Here is Dave behind the wheel of the Polo Car last year on Pewaukee Lake.



Dave is right we had a blast and we are planning to do it again end of February.



This is John driving and Dave is the Hammer man, althoguh we didn't have a ball or an opponent.



Here's a shot at speed. We had a number of cars on the ice besides the polo car. We had an oval marked off on the ice and we timed everyone some of us were fast and other not so fast.



Here Gloria is driving and John is the hammer man encorageing her to go faster.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Michael Gotesman on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 11:22 pm:

Oh, It's amazing! :-) Thank You!)


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