Simply magnificent

6 03 2012

Hemingway once said, “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.” Or maybe he didn’t say it. Or maybe he did say it, but was so blitzed that he forgot it by the next morning. Who knows?

The challenge of proper attribution aside, the quote makes a great point. Despite mankind possessing cars for less than a century and a half, there’s something about racing them that seems…natural. Perhaps it’s because motor racing is a pure expression of man’s ingenuity and skill – the genius of the designers, the instinct and ability of the drivers, and so on. No pesky variables, like horses.

Motor racing is romantic. Still, there’s something about polo that is so wonderfully decadent. If only there were some way to play the sport of kings , but with cars instead of horses.

Oh wait, there is.

Via Jalopnik, automotive polo is now the greatest thing I had never heard of but must now try at some point.

Also, motorcycle soccer

Finally, some dangerous, costly frivolity I can get behind. I want to dedicate my life to bringing something as ludicrous as automotive polo forward into the national – nay, international – spotlight it deserved, but never received. It’s just a matter of combining Top Gear’s car football, Segway polo, a good measure dynamic athleticism, and a flagrant disregard for life and limb.

Dynamic! Athleticism!

Some condemn that special spark, that indomitable bit of human spirit, that makes individuals take something as novel and expensive as an automobile circa 1910 and decide to have a little polo match with it. I disagree. It’s exactly that kind of spirit that we need to rekindle – sooner, rather than later.




One response

7 03 2012

Of course you’d want to try this…

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