LEXINGTON, Ohio — Seven-year-old Scarlett Kemmer clung to her mom's leg after descending the steps from the American Motor Drome Wall of Death at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring the Riders of Kawasaki, on Saturday.
Cameron Kemmer, Scarlett Kemmer and Kelsey Simmons
"I got a little scared when they put their hands up," she said.
One of the more popular attractions at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days each year at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Wall of Death features riders on vintage motorcycles who perform stunts inside a 30-foot-wide wooden cylinder.
The daredevils ride with no hands on the handlebars. They stand up and ride. And they reach out to snatch dollar bills from the hands of exciting spectators, who line the top rim of the silo, 14 feet above the floor.
A rider takes dollar bills from spectators during the Wall of Death performance.
Scarlett attended her first AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days with her mother, Cameron Kemmer, and her aunt, Kelsey Simmons. The Kemmers traveled from Iowa for the weekend. Other family members from Maryland met them at the event.
"This event far exceeded our expectations," Simmons said. "We were raised on motorcycle meets on the East Coast. But they don't begin to compare to this. It is absolutely amazing."
Randy Schultz and his 6-year-old son, Josh, agreed.
They made the trip from their Columbus, Ohio, home to the event on Saturday. It was Randy's second Vintage Motorcycle Days, and the first for Josh.
"it was awesome," Randy said.
"It was scary," countered Josh.
Randy comes to Vintage Motorcycle Days, even though he doesn't ride.
"Some of my friends ride," he said. "So I am trying to support it and, by bringing my son, introduce motorcycling the next generation."
Wall of Death performers beckon the crowd.