We are so excited to be able to tell you that the Fox Family will be bringing the Original Wall of Death to BFoM 2017.
If you haven't had the chance to experience the wall of death before, it is truly breathtaking. The speed, the skill, the smell and the noise are intoxicating. How they do the things they do on the wall is beyond belief.
The Original Wall of Death was one of the early walls built by Orton and Spooner at Burton on Trent - they were, of course, famous manufacturers of fairground rides of all types but only made Walls of Death for a short period, although, according to records held at The National Fairground Archive, they actually made fourteen in total.
The Wall of Death had been adopted in it’s early years by two great showmen, Billy Butlin and Pat Collins. Butlin was rumoured to have had as many as ten built up along the sea front at Skegness for training riders before they went into his holiday camps and other enterprises.
The Wall of Death was an instant hit and many popped up in and around the UK. Because there was so many appearing on the scene competition became fierce! Showmen had to think up new ideas to attract customers. Ladies started to ride and animals such as lions, monkeys and bears were introduced, often riding along side the drivers in sidecars or on the tanks of the Indian Scouts.
Sadly the war brought the Wall of Death hey day to a stand still and the animals disappeared along with it.
Only a few survived, including this one to rise from the ashes and entertain once more!
Generations passed until eventually it landed in the hands of Ken Fox and his two sons, Luke and Alex Fox.
The Fox family continue to preserve the history of the Wall by keeping her touring and doing restoration work in the winter months.
We love being part of Brackley Festival of Motorcycling, the street racing and strong connection with the town make's this show unique. Its community of biker's and their families make this event one not
to be missed.
We love being a part of Brackley Festival of motorcycling and we love that they showcase the talents of people and bike's both young and old, thrilling members of the public young and old.