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Auto Polo

Auto polo is a sport that was directly derived from polo, in which players are on automobiles instead of horses. The sport, which was invented in the United States, was popular within the country and in Europe for about a decade in the early 20th century soon lost it appeal thereafter. Auto polo is an extinct sport and in no longer played in any part of the world.

The sport, unlike polo, was designed to be played on outdoor fields and indoor arenas. The minimum area required is 300 X 120ft. The field had two goal posts, 15ft wide, on both ends of the field. The objective of the sport, as with other forms of polo, was to score as many goals as possible by striking the ball through the goal posts.

Each team consisted of two cars, and the cars used by both the teams were of distinctly different colors. Two players rode on each car, where one player was responsible for piloting the vehicle and the other player was responsible for striking the ball. The mallets used were similar to that of croquet sticks, but had a much heavier 3-pound head. The ball used was a regulation size basketball.

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