New South Wales police recreate Ben hur on bikes

Video: Thrill-seeking Policemen compete in a motorcycle chariot race at the Police Carnival in Sydney in 1936

4y ago

The police don't always have the best reputation and can sometimes be labelled as killjoys when it comes to motoring, but this photo shows that they too have a bit of a wild side.

This video is of two policemen competing in a motorcycle chariot race at the Police Carnival in Sydney. Roughly 50,000 people packed into the stands at the Sydney Show Ground on March 1, 1936 for the spectacle.

Apparently motorcycle chariot racing was an actual sport back in the 1920s and 30s, with the earlier chariots being made from wine barrels. They started with one bike and then people took the sport to greater lengths, sometimes using two or more bikes to one chariot.

Multi-bike chariots were built by rerouting the motorcycle throttles and connecting them to a single pedal. They seemed to work along the same lines as their Roman-era counterparts with reins steering, with the obvious difference of using motorbikes instead of horses.

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Ben Hur meets Mad Max at the Sydney Showground in 1936.

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Comments (2)

  • I applaud this. Brilliant.

      4 years ago
  • That looks like a load of fun!

      4 years ago