Story by Jim Witters
After attending AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days for a couple of years, Devon Buckley convinced his buddy, John Kelley, to come along. That was several years and many life events ago.
On Saturday, July 9, Devon and his wife, Angie, brought their children–Adian and Alex Nedolast, both 10, and Kailub, Devon and Arlo Buckley, ages 8, 3 and 2. John and his wife, Jennifer were accompanied by their three children–Layne, 7, Philo, 5 and Lilah, 3.
The Buckley and Kelley families loved the Wall of Death at AMA Vintage Motorcycle days. Photo by Halley Immelt
”My dad brought me when I was little,” the elder Devon said. “After a while, I asked John to come along. We were friends from school. And now we’re bringing our kids.”
One of the big attractions for the Buckley and Kelley families is the Wall of Death, which features motorcycle daredevils riding on a vertical wall inside a wooden silo.
Spectators stand at the top a 14-foot board wall and look down as the daredevil riders race around the cylinder. The smell of burning rubber permeates the air, and the crowd can feel the whoosh of air as the motorcycles pass by just inches away. The circling motorcycles ride perpendicular to the wooden walls, exerting more than 3g of force.
The American Motor Drome Co. show features antique Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
”This is my first time here, and it was awesome,” said Alex. “It was 50/50 fun and scary. The scary part was when they came way up near the opt of the wall.”
“And it’s a bit chaotic,” John chimed in.