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Model T auto polo

Post by vech » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:57 am

The UK Daily mail has a rather interesting article on using model T's to play polo rather than horses. There are some great photos.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... derby.html
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Post by RustyFords » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:42 am

I wonder if any of these cars survived over the years, with the hoop and all other equipment intact. Or...if anyone ever recreated one?
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Post by hpetrino » Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:29 pm

Heck Don, I doubt they survived the day!

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Post by Quickm007 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:40 pm

Hope no one touch the fan with his fingers ... :lol:
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Post by wayne sheldon » Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:15 pm

There is (or was?) at least one, I think it is in the Pacific Northwest area. I do not know if it is an actual survivor or a recreation. I have never seen it in person, but did see a photo of it a few years back (on our old forum!).
There are quite a number of photos of the cars taken way back in the day. Some of them were cleverly staged with the cars blocked in "action" poses, and "players" leaped from the cars as the photo was taken! Always fun to dissect those pictures. There were also a few film shorts (videos in modern parlance) of actual playing of the games. Many years ago, I got to see one such film short (a "News Reel") on the big screen in a theater that was also showing silent era movies.
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Post by wayne sheldon » Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:13 pm

I cringe when I watch all that wonderful old iron being abused that way! However, I need to remind myself that in THOSE days, it was just old junk. I remember that one era photograph that was studied a few years ago, had a 1910 chassis being battered along with later '10s remnants of other cars. Seeing that low-neck radiator being beaten was cruel (to me!). All part of our car's histories.

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Post by RustyFords » Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:37 pm

No different than a 5 year old Kia being abused.

It was just a used car...a common used car.
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Post by KevinH » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:07 pm

Not sure of the entire history of it but there has been one in our club since I was a kid anyway.
We had it out in Winter on the lake quite a few years ago now giving test rides and generally just screwing around.

Here’s a video on YouTube of us:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfi5h3gUd64

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Post by RustyFords » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:24 pm

Kevin....that is AWESOME!

That's exactly what I was wondering about exisiting. I bet it's the real deal...I have no way of knowing of course.
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Post by dobro1956 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:44 pm

Here is another link, It has some video and still pics..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubyQ6bQ0-ok

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Post by Duey_C » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:47 am

OK, how many Hibbing's are there? I grabbed my phone and watched those clips!
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Post by DHort » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:59 am

Thanks Kevin. That is me in that video along with other members of the Milwaukee Model T Club. Wasnt that rhe year your car sank partly through the ice?

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Post by VowellArt » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:03 am

John W. Stoltz of Model T Ranch still plays that game with his T, he's specially modified his car for this. In fact every product he sells is a result of something he's fabricated for that polo car of his.
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Post by jagiven » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:49 am

Here are a few other Auto Polo images that were posted in the past.
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Post by Tiger Tim » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:50 am

I wonder what auto polo was really like? Most of the pictures I've seen have been faked, probably at least due in part to the limitations on cameras at the time. For example, car #4 in the post above clearly has the rear end propped up on a wooden column (you can see it outboard of the frame rail on the driver's side) while the other car had the left rear wheel supported by a jack or something that has been edited out. If you look closely you can see that it wasn't edited out very well.


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Post by wayne sheldon » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:23 pm

Jason G and T-Tim E, Those are two of my favorite "staged" auto polo pictures. They have been extensively discussed in years past. Really fun to blow up and study closely. One of the first tip-offs is that none of the wheels are spinning. The film used in those days was fairly slow, a spinning wheel will have the spokes blurred enough that you probably could not even count the spokes. Notice, the fellow flying through the air is slightly blurred, and he isn't moving very fast. He may have been standing on top of the front wheel (speculation), and the other fellow in the other car also poised. Once everything was blocked and ready, the cameraman counted down. The one fellow dove off his wheel, the other rolled out the side, and the photographer squeezed the shutter. In a real action shot, at least one of those airborne wheels would be spinning. A little cut and paste (literally), and blocks or jacks disappear.
Fun stuff on so many levels!

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Post by RustyFords » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:08 pm

The driver in the car on the right almost looks like he's smiling....enjoying the experience.

I doubt he'd be doing that if he was about to eat dirt under a moving car.
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