Reblogged from My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck By Lightning
Stunt drivers and lion on the Wall of Death at Revere Beach, MA, c.1929.
Early Wall of Death shows often featured racing lions. If the cats were still cubs they often rode on the driver’s lap, moving over to specially built side cars when they could sit on their own. Getting an unleashed lion to sit still while zooming around the nearly vertical wall of the motordrome track at 80 miles an hour obviously took some work, and certainly thrilled the spectators. The Lion Drome acts came to an end thanks to a carnival worker, drunk and showing off, who stuck his hand in the cage of a lion named King. The lions hated the smell of alcohol, and though he was tame enough to be ridden like a pony, King didn’t take kindly to being grabbed. He grabbed back, and was shot by a policeman.
Dumb drunk anyhow! (grumble)