carried a lion on their show to help build a tip. No
tricks just for show. I
to thank Tammy Wright for the photos of her grandfather
Harry J. De Bock.
This motordrome was
owned by Harry J. De Bock, Cleveland, Ohio. Motordromes were most
likely the most popular show on fair and amusement park midways.
Throughout the 1930′s and into the the late 1950sí motordromes
were a common attraction. I saw a performance at the Pomona Fair,
southern Calif. in 1959. In this photo the cyclist is gathering a
tip. They would bally for about 15 minutes doing stunts. The
motorcycle is running haft throttle on roller bearings which
allowed the performer to balance. The performance area is a round
arena having solid wooden walls seen in the background. The
cyclists would ride the walls horizontally at full speed while
doing their different stunts. The audience walked up an outside
stairway and at the top they stood on a gangway looking down into
the barrel like arena. At times the cyclist would ride to the very
top of the arena wall, just a foot or two from where they stood. I
guarantee it put a fright in you.
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