You will notice the picture to the right features not only a motorcycle, but also an automobile with a lion in a sidecar, driven by a lady with no crash helmet. I suspect there was no seat belt for either the lady or the lion. You can click on the image to see a larger picture.
You can see a lot more pictures of the "wall of death" on the Retronaut web site at http://www.retronaut.co/2012/09/lions-in-the-wall-of-death-c-1920s-1960s/.
These rides were thrilling but resulted in several deaths and many injuries. I can't say they all were outlawed, as I remember visiting one of these "wall of death" shows at a carnival in Maine when I was a child. I don't remember any lions, but I do remember it being very noisy. The sound really echo'ed inside those circular arenas.
If you enjoyed this article, please share it with others. Tweet it, share it on Google+, Facebook or on your preferred social network.
Republishing of this article in newsletters, blogs, and elsewhere is allowed and encouraged, with a few minor restrictions. Details may be found at http://goo.gl/hoHH1.
Of course, if you haven’t done so already, you should join my email newsletter mailing list to stay current on my latest articles and announcements. You can also cancel at any time within seconds.
You also might like to leave a comment below.