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1) From the looks of those bars I'd guess these cars were upside down more often than not.
2) Look at how far those frames twist!
And not a helmet in sight !! The nannys would have to shut that down if this was occurring today..
Some of those rear wheels look like they are still spinning. I wonder how long a T motor will run up side down . . .
Great photos, Jay! There are a few other Auto-polo photos circulating the internet a lot more that have been seen and critiqued a lot. The consensus seems to be that a few of them are staged (been discussed on this forum a few times). Most of these ones, however, appear to be real action shots.
I do know the game and action was done for real. Many years ago, a specialty theater in San Francisco used to show silent and other early movies and films one evening almost every week. One time I went, they showed a newsreel film showing the game being played, complete with cars doing full rollovers. I wish I could find and link that entire newsreel to show it.
I suspect the smoking around a couple of those pictures was due to the oil in the engine falling into the cylinders, blowing by the rings and burning. In one case, the oil would continue to burn for about a minute after the car was rolled upright.
As for how long would an engine run that way? Depends a bit on the specific angle it lies? But usually, not for more than maybe fifteen seconds. Usually, somewhere, fuel pickup and/or flow will be stopped because while the fuel is where the air should be? Air is now where the fuel should be. But that is not always the case. The proper angle and enough available fuel in the wrong place could continue to dribble fuel all the way down to the carburetor. The carburetor could not mix the fuel and air properly because things like float valves and carburetor jets would not function properly. However, fuel leaking and dribbling around a carburetor inlet could allow a car to run maybe even until it runs out of fuel. Probably, the excess fuel would be ignited and burn the car up before that (a friend of mine had that happen once). Often, loss of oil flow to the crank-shaft bearings would result in burning out the bearings and either blowing apart or seizing before a fire started.
Do drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Top Photo "CNE" refers to Canadian Notional Exhibition which is in Toronto,Ontario,CANADA
Some great action photos and poor vintage video here:
that guy looks like the matador running from the bull !!
Forty years ago that would have been fun, now I don't think my old bones could take it! KGB