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California Hell Riders Set-Up The California Hell Riders Wall of Death - Miniature

Hells Riders - Demon Drome

"Texas Zeke" and his 'Hell Drivers' Cyclone Drake

Info about these Riders Wanted 3 Info about these Riders Wanted 2 Info about these Riders Wanted 1?

Ima Johnson - Wall of Death Rider Squirrel Cage Alan Mercer - Wall of Death

Vintage Wall of Death I Fell for a Thrill Show Rider Wall of  Death India

Thrill Arena Hollywood Motordrome

FOTO DE ORIGINAL MOTODROM


Take a Lion for a Ride! Japanese Wall of Death The Wall of Death History & Film by Benedict Campbell

Drome Bally Pitch I Rode for Tommy Thrill Shows

Reckless Rudy Coombs

 


     

         

   


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Wall of Death - Motordrome - Lillian LaFrance - circa 1900


 

 

 

 

Lillian at Ticket Box

Building the Wall

Motordrome

and Double Wheel in back

Motordrome

Motordrome


Motordrome

Motordrome

Motordrome

Motordrome

Riders on Plateform


Rider on Plateform

Lillian

Motor Cycle Lillian  with other Riders Rider on Wall

 

 

Rider

Rider

Rider  in Hawii Lillian and Partner In Front

 

 

 

 

Lillian Car

Lillian Car

Riders on Platform

 Car in Motordrome

Riders Inside the Drome


 

 

Car on Wall

Lillian

Lillian with her Dog

Lillian

Lillian


 

Tip in Front of Drome

Motordrome

Lillian

Motordrome

Winter Carnival

 

 

Winter Carnival

Inside Drome

Lillian

Lillian on Car

Lillian Passport


 

 

 

Lillian Passport

Lillian Passport

     

Larned Kansas - Circus Disaster -  Motordrome Collapse Brendage Shows 1915






The pictures below include 2 different exterior views of Ethel Purtle's Lion Drome; an exterior view of "Thrills Wall of Death" featuring Miss Betty O'Day (signed by rider Jim Podesta); a portrait of Ethel Purtle and 4 other performers at her Lion Drome; a portrait of Dot Kettering on her Motorcycle and a portrait photo of Nita Andresen in her riding clothes. This wonderful, 1940's and 1950's


Thrill Show

Lion Motordrome

Thrills Wall of Death

Ethel Purtle

and 4 other performers

 Nita Andresen


 

 

 

 

Dot Kettering

 

   

 


 


 

Apple Motordrome

 

My grandfather and Uncle built this Motordrome for their traveling show.  My grandfather raced...and was hurt early in his career.  He found a love for motorcycles after learning to ride during the war.  He was a WWI dispatch rider.  My grandmother was 17 and 10 years younger than my grandfather... she met him at a carnival in Marathon County Wisconsin.  She ran away and married him a week later.  He started teaching her how to ride almost immediately.  Kay Nerland


Emma Louise Apple 1920's

Apple Motordrome

My grandfather is the man

to the right behind the ticket box. Thurston (T.J.) Apple.

Mickey & Unknown Rider

Mickey & Jean

Mickey Apple 1944


 

 

 

 

Mikey 1944 Apple Motordrome

 

     

Articles from Apples Motordrome

An Antique Motorcycle Romance

 



Wall of Death - From Greece


My name is Kiriakos Iosifidis  I'm from Athens Greece.   During the last 4 years I've been writing a book about the wall of death in Greece and around the world. It will finally be published on November! One part of the book talks about the wall of death and globe of death around the world.


Photographs courtesy of Kiriakos Iosifidis

Other Images of Motordromes


Worlds Smallest Motordrome

To Remember the Brothers Coutard in The Wall of Death

"Wall of Death" Irene Dare British Motordrome

 

 

 

British Wall of Death Speedrome Scarborough 1932

Messham's Wall of Death at Epsom in 1961

Alma Johnson

and Friend 1932 Motordrome

Ethel Purtle & King 


Hell on Wheels

Wall of Death

O. C. Buck Death Dodgers

Hell Riders


Cetlin & Wilson Railroad Shows

circa 1951-52

Cetlin & Wilson R&R Shows

circa 1951-52

Hall of Death 1948

 Boston Bob - Cyclone Jake

Motor Drome Cavalcade of Trills

 

 

 

 

Wall of Death

Photo Tiffany Kirchner Dixon

Carter's Steam Fair

Photo Tiffany Kirchner Dixon

 

 

 


 

 

 

Wall of Death at Carter's Steam Fair

 



 

MOTORDROME WALL DRIVER IRENE DARE & CAR


 

Alice Brady Mile Minute Girl on Indian Motorcycle

 


 

1930s Globe of Courage

 


 

1930 WALL OF DEATH - MIDGET RACER - DAREDEVIL

 


 

Hollywood Hell Drivers

 


 

Tommy Stewart - Hollywood Hell Drivers

 


 

 


 

Joe Dobish in 1921

 


 

Jerry Sherman

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

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