I've never ever thought before that it is possible!
translate with Google, please - but just look at those pictures
These were period photos staged and doctored in the darkroom. Films at the time were not fast enough to stop the action....
Here is a video of some auto polo
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:
And a few more pics
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.
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
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.
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.
Ford Polo at the Edmonton Exhibition Grounds many years ago. Sorry for the low resolution, best that I have.
Correction, here are better-resolution closeups of the cars...
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.
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.
Oh, It's amazing! Thank You!)