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Good times at the Wall of Death Motorcycle Thrill Show

July 11, 2014

By Jim Witters
Photo by Halley Miller

Jake and Sara Sites make the trip to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days every year from their home near Pittsburgh, Pa., and the Wall of Death Motorcycle Thrill Show is always on their must-do list.

The Wall of Death Motorcycle Thrill Show is a traveling show in which motorcyclists ride the 14-foot-tall walls of a motor-drome, thrilling as many as 150 spectators each performance. The circling motorcycles ride perpendicular to the wooden walls, exerting more than 3g of force.

The Sites’ 4-year-old son, Jack, hasn’t missed an AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. And, this year, little brother Wyatt -- just 10 months old and traveling in a carrier -- also got to see the show.

The Wall of Death's Charlie Ransom (far left) with the Sites family from Pittsburgh, Pa.

“We have been bringing Jack since he was a baby, and I was pregnant for Wyatt when we were here last year,” Sara says. “It’s a family tradition. And the kids just love it.”

Jack, intent on climbing up the wooden stairs to snag a prime spot for the next show, declined to be interviewed.

But Dad, Jake, offered assurance that Jack loves the spectacle.

“He can’t wait to get in there,” Jake says.

Sara and Jake are enthusiastic about building motorcycle memories for their young family.

“He (Jack) is too young to remember the event from year to year,” Sara says. “But we are hoping that this year, he is old enough to take it all in and keep the memories.”

The Wall of Death riders are performing a show every hour during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Indian Motorcycle, July 11-13 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Complex near Lexington, Ohio.

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