Auto Polo

Although someone thought it was a great idea around 1910, this sport never really caught on. However, some speculate that it may have been the inspiration for MarioKart. -via reddit

(Image source: Flickr user The Library of Congress)

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These are fun shots, and the LoC flick photo stream is a real treasure.

With respect to these, if you look carefully at the photo you can see that it's a staged shot. On the right car there's a visible strut on the driver side that looks like its propping up the rear axle. On the left hand car the it looks like they doctored the photo under the lifted tire. Also the people have motion blur but the cars are very clearly focused.

Given the state of the art in photography at the time action shots weren't really possible, so maybe they really were playing auto polo like complete lunatics, but this photo isn't really a way to know.
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