Thursday, December 10, 2009
THE WALL OF DEATH DAREDEVILS | LIONS & RIDERS & FAIRS — OH MY!
found at" theselvedgeyard"
With the quickly improving build quality, speed, and more oil-tight engines, motorcycle racing was able to move from dirt tracks onto the motordromes of the 1910s– large wooden board tracks used for streamlined competition with banked turns of 70-80 degrees. Riders soon learned a neat trick– that with a little speed, centripetal force made it possible for them to stick their bike sideways in turns on a completely vertical wall.
Motorcycle companies here and abroad (Indian and BSA, to name a couple) found that the public loved the thrill of peering down just a few feet away from the gunning biker beneath them, and thus it quickly became a highly promoted spectacle as manufacturers used it as a vehicle to advertise their brands, and daredevil riders upped the ante at breakneck speed to make a name for themselves and solidify their reputations on the infamous Wall of Death.
With roots that can be traced back to New York’s own Coney Island, the Wall of Deathattraction morphed into a motordrome on crack. Motorcycles, carts and yep, even lions– simultaneously racing and criss-crossing in a raucous blur of fumes, fury, and fur inside the equivalent of an over-sized wooden barrel. The sport had a strong run from the 1930s- 1960s (with Indian Scouts being the over-riding bike of choice), but there are still hardcore enthusiasts to be found all over keeping it alive today.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Wes Humpston Interview from “The Run Up”
December 8th 09, 21:58 | Adam Bryce
Best known for his work on the original Dogtown boards, Wes Humpston has been involved in skateboard graphics since the 1970’s. Still heavily inspired by Zap Comics, art nouveau, and album covers, his designs retain their original Cali-born aesthetic. In addition to appearing on vintage Dogtown Skates decks, his artwork is now featured on the old school decks from his new company Bulldog Skates. Watch the interview from “The Run Up,” available for the first time to the public for free.