The Wall of Death, sometimes known as MOTOCRAZY, is a fairground side show steeped in history. A large circular wooden drum 20ft high, 30ft in diameter, called
“THE SMALLEST AND STEEPEST RACE TRACK IN THE WORLD”.
A modern age, the 1920’s brought together machinery, speed, daring, adventure and excitement.
Theatre and stage were the traditional place for entertainment. Impresarios and showmen combined these elements. A theatre and race track was prefabricated from 15 tons of oregon pine, they packed it on heavy haulage vehicles, trains and ships, taking modern entertainment to wherever the public gathered.
These impresarios called it the Wall of Death.
SENSATION OF THE 20TH CENTURY
Indian Scouts lined up on the showfront.
A little theatre, The Wall of Death enticed thrill seekers to its stage decorated with bright painted scenery, surrounded with banners proclaiming the unbelievable feats of endeavour, flooded with bright lighting that blinked and shimmered in many colours.
The stage was filled with state of the art Indian motorcycles, stuntmen and women. They were daredevils who risked all by riding motorcycles at speed inside the vertical face of the 20ft high circular race track
“DEFYING GRAVITY AT EVERY TURN OF THEIR SPINNING WHEELS”.
The State Fair
A master of ceremonies or speiler drew the crowds forwards announcing the show is about the begin, introducing the artists as their bikes roared on the stages rolling road, riders demonstrating tricks and stunts to be seen in the show.
He invited the gathering crowd to step forward, make their way to good positions at the top of the stairs where the riders would pass them by with just inches to spare as they performed a full and complete programme of trick and stunt motorcycle riding from start to finish.
At the Wall of Death it’s
“A MILE A MINUTE, A THRILL A SECOND”.
Chris & Ena Goosen