Riding The Wall Of Death

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The Wall of Death, also known as a motordrome or silodrome, is a 100-year-old carnival show relic that followed the boardtrack craze of the early 1900s. Riders start off on the flat surface in the middle, then ride up the 110-degree transition, and finally up onto the vertical wooden wall, held there by friction and centrifugal force. At its peak in popularity during the 1930s, there were more than 100 motordrome shows touring the US, setting up at fairs and carnivals. Now, only four of these shows remain, the Ives brothers being the only family act.

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Riding The Wall Of Death

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