America’s Original Extreme Motorcycle Show

Wheels Through Time – Haywood County

The American Motor Drome Company (AMDC) will be performing their Wall of Death show at Dale’s Wheels through time Museum July 4-8, 2024.

Touted as “America’s original extreme motorcycle show,” The Wall of Death is a vintage live-action thrill show featuring a motor drome, a silo-shaped wooden cylinder 30 feet in diameter. Inside the drome, motorcycle daredevils travel along the vertical wall performing trick, fancy, and acrobatic riding. The show features antique Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles along with hand built 4-wheeled racing machines.

Developed in the early part of the twentieth century, the Wall of Death show quickly became a crowd favorite and a mainstay on almost every carnival midway in America. The riders were men and women of bravery as they climbed aboard motorcycles and small custom-made racing machines to ride up to the top of the vertical wall surface.

The AMDC is the only Wall of Death to have two riders inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame,  Jay Lightnin’ (2014) and Samantha Morgan (2006). The AMDC is also the largest Wall of Death show still touring in America, with a diameter of 30ft and a riding surface height of 15 feet. 

Despite the ominous sounding name, the Wall of Death is a family friendly, heart-pounding thrill show. With no special effects, the Wall of Death harkens back to the day when real daredevils performed without the assistance of special effects.

The Wall of Death will be performing free hourly shows each day July 4-8, 2024 from 10am-5pm, at Dale’s Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC.

As a not-for-profit organization, the museum is entirely funded by its visitors and through its annual raffle. This year, their twenty-second year of operation, they are giving away a 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead painted in HD Custom gold and black. All proceeds from the raffle go to continued efforts to locate, acquire, preserve, and display American motorcycle history.

Dale’s Wheels Through Time Museum
62 Vintage Ln, Maggie Valley, NC 28751