Our local club runs a three-day progressive "Oldies Tour" every year. The tour name reflects speeds, roads and daily distances that are comfortable for Model Ts and As and similar. This year we are meeting up with rural car clubs (street rod and later model) on two nights for BBQ and tire-kicking.
It would be a hoot to have some friendly competition with these clubs - antiques vs the rodders — and I'm looking for suggestions from forum members for fun and easy parking-lot car games we could play in the evenings. Stuff like the blindfold ballon crush (someone in the back seat, preferably female, directing the driver) and so on.
Any suggestions? What car games have folks played in years past that they would enjoy doing again?
Have a race over a timed course while herding a beach ball with the front axle and wheels.
Have a slow race. Last one across the finish line wins. Stalling the engine or other stopping is disqualification.
I don't wish to be a spoiler, or start a heated controversy, but please note that certainly some, maybe most, maybe all, antique auto insurance policies here in the U.S. prohibit using an antique car covered by the policy in a timed event.
Further, please consider the consequences to the insurance currently available to the antique auto hobby if something serious happened as a result of the driver of an antique car participating in a car "game" while driving blindfolded. And, don't think it can't happen. After the problem at a swap meet in California a few years ago, a few car clubs encountered great difficulty in securing insurance for their clubs at a reasonable rates. The explanation offered by the insurance companies was "we didn't understand the risks we were insuring, and now that we do we need to collect an appropriate premium."
I suspect that most if not all underwriters involved in assessing the risks associated with antique autos would frown heavily if they thought we were "playing games" in our cars.
Even if you think the concern I have expressed is overstated, it is something to consider.
In the end, a common analysis applies. Does the downside of hosting or participating in car games far outweigh the upside? From my perspective, it does not.
Here is an older post on T car games.
All are fun and safe, forget about the lawyers and have a good time. Just get the ordinary release, if you are overly concerned for your organization, and have the participants own insurance cover their actions, as is the norm.
Chris,Every year we join in playing a few car games at the Old Car Festinal.The shoe race is fun and so is the Chinese fire drill! Short drag races on grass are fun and just trying to balance your car on a platform on a pipe! Bud in Wheeler.
I think it'd be fun if you had the guys who have hotrods do a race to see who could figure out how to start and drive a T the fastest.
LOL - it'd be HILARIOUS for all of the T-driving crowd. "C'mon boy! Crank that thing!! (really quiet to buddy beside him: man they still haven't even turned the gas on!) CRANK IT MORE!!!" all the while a young contestant is cranking for his life to no avail.
Once they get her started they have to get in and make it go 10 feet or something like that and then shut it off.
Then ya'll could show everyone the basics of getting a T started and driving it. It'd help bring the whole group together.
These "games" can be labeled a driving skills if anyone is concerned about liability. Just like the Montana 500 is an endurance run.
The teeter totter is always a favorite along with a blind fold run.
Here's one to separate the rods from the T's. During one of the courses the driver must stop, drive forward and then backward with their hands in the air. I always like to do this in parades. Try it in a modern.
Kenneth, mentioned a grass drag race. How about a braking distance contest?
this one was always fun but you have to have a car tetter totter
oops forgot the link
Nailing a balloon down 60 feet from the start line, having the T driven in Reverse and the goal is to drive over the balloon with a rear wheel, timed with a stopwatch.
Toss out some potatoes randomly around in a field, blind fold the driver in his model T. Have a passenger ride with the driver to provide guidance/directions. All cars must operate in low gear. Provide the passenger with a broom handle/stick with a finish nail sticking out one end. This is a timed event where each participant starts at the same spot....the car that gets the most potatoes is the winner. The passenger provides the driver with directions....must keep moving at all times when stabbing a potato.
Have a designated person with a Bull horn controlling the event.
It's a fun game....make sure the passenger knows how to drive a model T in case of an emergency.
Use a dozen 4' garden stakes and some string to create four 'garages' in the shape of a +. From a starting point a car has to drive front in to the first 'garage', reverse around to back into the second one, front into the third and reverse into the fourth, then back to the start. Each car is timed for the operation.
Another is to use garden stakes and string to create a laneway with a curve in it. Make it about 30 feet long, and a string barrier at the end of the lane. All rear view mirrors are covered up, and the car's passenger has to walk in front of the car and direct the driver down the lane, stopping with the car barely touching the string at the end. The driver has to look only to the front. The passenger/director uses hand signals to direct the driver.
Thanks to all for the comments and suggestions — should be a fun time!
I had a friend from Detroit when I was in the army. He was this Italian kid named Mastracci. He said they used to play a car "game" called "broom-sticking" but that would probably not be appropriate for a family event.