The Wall of Death: A Brief Primer

A direct descendant of boardtrack motorcycle racing in the early 1900s, the motordrome (as boardtracks were then known) was compacted for carnival transportation and eventually converted to be equipped with vertical walls. This new structure became known as a silodrome and was shortly thereafter nicknamed The Wall of Death. As the height of its popularity, the Wall of Death was a tremendously popular carnival attraction, with over 100 silodromes in operation traveling the United States in the 1930s. 

Hell-bent on replicating that very same experience that spectators got to have in the 30s, the American Motor Drome Company rides period appropriate 1920s Indians on the wall, in addition to go-karts, vintage 2-stroke machines, and as of very recently, one bicycle piloted by a very brave guy. The American Motor Drome Company team is the absolute real deal: no helmets, no jackets, and at times, no hands. Running once every hour through the entire duration of this year's show (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), you'll absolutely regret it if you don't make your way up the steps to the top of that silodrome at least once this weekend.

Follow the American Motor Drome folks on Instagram (@americanwallofdeath) and if you can't make it, you'll likely see photos from of these folks at work popping up here.

July 09, 2015 by Alan Stulberg
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