Verne Soules


I do not think it is any too soon to begin contemplating the 80th anniversary (2013) of the invention of the mechanical racetrack hare, by Verne Soules.

Full patent here as PDF.

A mention of his death in 1948.
     Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 29, 2011
     Category: Animals | Contests, Races and Other Competitions | Technology | 1930s | 1940s

What's so great about that, we have been running around in circles since man was created and without a rabbit to chase. - LOL :cheese:

BTW - Here is a better LINK straight to the PDF page.
Posted by yogi in Kennesaw GA on 08/29/11 at 05:36 PM
They still use the same kind of mechanics for this? Just curious.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/29/11 at 08:45 PM

They have improved the design and materials but the mechanism is still basically the same. take a look at the antique motor to the left and the more modern one to the right in the picture below.

As you can see the basic idea is the same but the newer one is smaller and more efficient.

The motor unit runs in an enclosed track with just the arm that carries the "rabbit" sticking out into the racecourse. Some more modern units even retract the rabbit into the enclosed area after the race is over.
Posted by yogi in Kennesaw GA on 08/29/11 at 09:44 PM
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