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A blast from the past. To see The Wall of Death in action was mind blowing. || @amdcwallofdeath || #thewallofdeath #motordrome #silodrome #handbuiltshow

From @noah_schutz: "These Romanian stunt men put in a long day with me, hanging from the rafters by cables and me yelling, “give me more intensity, get in there!” The language barrier made it all a bit funny. So when they had a chance to chill and channel their inner board track racer cool guy status, it must have been a great relief. I am thankful for their dedication and ability to work through the heat and pain, true professionals."
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ARCHIVE ICON // Arthur Mitchel

Some images truly captured it all. A world class machine, a pioneer American racer, crisp competition threads, and an abundance of attitude radiating from the marrow of these men of true grit. Taken in downtown Birmingham, AL, around 1912 by local photographer and motorcycle enthusiast O.V. Hunt, this image stands as a perfect depiction of professional motorcycle racing culture during the height of its first epoch. The man, sometimes referred to as “the Bulldog,” is New Orleans native Arthur Mitchel, a true pioneer American racer who began his career in 1905, later making a name for himself as the sport first started coming together on the various tracks around Los Angeles. The machine, a 61ci Flying Merkel factory racing twin is perhaps one of the most rare and iconic machines of the era. One of only a small handful of factory racers constructed after the Miami Cycle Manufacturing Co. of Middletown, OH, purchased the Merkel-Light brand in May of 1911, the newly renamed Flying Merkel with its bright orange paint was a standout machine even then. In the hands of men like Mitchell and the legendary Maldwyn Jones the Flying Merkel presented a solid competitor to Indian and Excelsior, the titans of early teens racing, and today it remains one of the most coveted, adored, and replicated in the antique motorcycle community. At the time that this photograph was taken Art was well into his 30’s and his racing career was beginning to wind down. However, his involvement within the culture continued to occupy his life, spending his time out of the saddle traveling as a FAM official, ambassador, and a dealer representative for a number of the biggest manufacturers throughout the teens. A veteran of late-1800’s cycle racing and a pioneer of early 20th century American motorcycle racing, Arthur Mitchel defines the spirit of America’s pioneer motorcycle racers and is without question an icon of the culture.

A full profile of Arthur Mitchel’s life and contributions to American motorcycle culture will soon be available exclusively at ArchiveMoto.com

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#ArchiveMoto #GeorgiaMotorcycleHistory #motoculture #motohistory #motordrome

A young stunt rider practices before the opening of his carnival sideshow outside the ancient city walls of Khiva, Uzbekistan.

Photo by @theodorekaye. Follow along this week as I share photos from my ongoing travels in the region.
#motordrome #wallofdeath #Uzbekistan #Khiva

Another great pic from @bryanhelm #SonsOfSpeed creator #BillyLane #01 @choppers.inc getting ready to be pushed off by none other than @capefeariron #Motordrome #Coliseum

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Great week with my pale rider Donald. Photographer unknow. #wheelsandwaves #wheelsandwaves2017 #wallofdeath #motordrome #indianmotorcycle #indianscout #murdelamort

"Bill Goudy in his leather helmet.  June 9th 1914 in Toledo Ohio." From FAST is FAST blog.  #motorcycles #ohio #toledo #boardtrack #boardtrackers #race #racer #motoracing #motordrome #harleydavidson #excelsiormotorcycle #excelsior

Detail from a terrific sign art by Illustrator and Graphic Designer Daniel Irons.
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#motorcycles #splitnlanesdodgingutters #brooklynbowl #vintage #brooklynbowl #boardtrack #boardtrackers #race #racer #motoracing #motordrome #motorspeedway #excelmotorcycle #harleydavidson #indianmotorcycle #illustration #art #vector #sign

"The start of it all - Excelsior racer Joe Hall circulating at the 90 degree mark in the Race for Life at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Expositores in San Francisco." picture from the excelent article from the Vintagent you can read reposted here at https://www.triumphtalk.com/threads/1915-race-for-life-the-first-wall-of-death.41706/

#sanfrancisco #california #boardtrackers #racer #motoracing #motordrome #wallofdeath #vintagemotorcycle #vintageracing

The board track racers which proved so beguiling to Paul are from a brief era in the 1910s and 1920s where race tracks (or motordromes) were made of wood boards, and hence the name. Tracks were quickly built and didn't last. They weathered badly, and became fire traps when the oil from the racing bikes soaked into the sun-dried wood. Within a couple of decades, the entire era had come and gone. Paul describes them in much more detail In our interview linked in our profile.
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Dicky Smythe with his Douglas Motorcycle racer. Speedway Royal, 1928.

#australia #aussie #douglas #dougkasmororcycle #race #racer #motoracing #motordrome #flattrack #dirttrack

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