WAS "AUTO POLO" THE ORIGINAL DEMOLITION DERBY?

People say Auto Polo might have been the original Demolition Derby. It rose to popularity in the U.S. during the early 1900s after it was created as a publicity stunt by a car salesman in an effort to drum up sales of the Ford Model T. As many as 5,000 spectators would assemble in an arena to watch players be flung from their vehicles at 40 mph while they tried to take possession of the ball. Coney Island and Madison Square Garden became popular host venues for the thrill seeking junkies.