Roll Up, Roll Up, It’s Thrills. It’s Spills. It’s the Amazing Wall Of Death.

wallofdeathWall Of Death shows are still a staple for entertainment during our big rallies. Derived directly from US motorcycle board track or motordrome racing in the early 1900s, the very first carnival motordrome appeared at Coney Island amusement park (New York) in 1911. The following year portable tracks began to appear on traveling carnivals and in 1915, the first motordrome with perpendicular walls were seen. You can find a lot of info online, but to read a brief history, follow this link forwarded to me by reader Mike Greenwald. Wall Of Death Brief History.

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8 Responses to “Roll Up, Roll Up, It’s Thrills. It’s Spills. It’s the Amazing Wall Of Death.”


  1. 1 Rollin Apr 3rd, 2010 at 8:05 am

    More Motordrome history here at http://www.americanwallofdeath.com . If you’ve never seen a show, check it out and you’ll be hooked!

  2. 2 Larry R. Apr 3rd, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Fantastic. Thanks Cyril!

  3. 3 david uhl Apr 3rd, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!

  4. 4 Hendo Apr 4th, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Check this amazing Indian Wall of Death!…

    http://www.pipeburn.com/home/2010/3/21/indian-wall-of-death.html

  5. 5 gene the gm Apr 5th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Rhett Rotten has his “wall of death” set up in the parking lot at Strokers Dallas.

    http://www.strokersdallas.com

    if you are in the Dallas area, and even if you are not, stop by and see him. You will not be disappointed.

  6. 6 Vanessa Thompson Apr 5th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Hi, This awesome domain is for sale http://WWW.WALLOFDEATH.COM . Contact me, vanessa@daytonavintageracing.com for more information. Thank you.

  7. 7 Sara Liberte Apr 5th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    RIP Sam Morgan who always gave credit to the riders of days before. She had been telling their story for many years. If you were ever lucky enough to watch that girl ride the wall you could see the spirit of all the past riders in her expression.

  8. 8 charlie Apr 5th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Samanthas’ web site is still online at http://www.thrillarena.com stop by and sign her guestbook.

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