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The Sunday Edition No. VI – The Wall of Death – A 1940s Dodge and Plymouth Showroom – The 1922 Velie

This is a documentary of the Ken Kox Troupe by Benedict Cambell showing the lives of a family that travel the British Isles and Europe with a Wall of Death thrill show, a hold- over from earlier times. The Troupe still uses a pair of Indian Scout motorcycles which were the machine of choice for the shows back in the period.

Ken Fox, who has been riding on the Wall for close to forty years, bought the show which had been in one place in an amusement park for twenty years and put it on the road in 1982. You can learn more at the Ken Fox Troupe, and at Sideshow World.

  • wall of deathThe Alevans Wall of Death, a British Stunt Show photo via Sideshow World


Reader Frank James sent along the photo above of Dodge and Plymouth agency by the name of L Motors that was photographed at some point in time between the years of 1946 and 1948. He is interested in finding out if anyone knows where this very up-to-date dealership was located.


The Velie was a well-made mid-priced car that was manufactured in Moline, Illinois, between the years of 1909 and 1929. This pair of photos of both the Sport and Standard Touring 1923 Model 58 cars, was taken by reader Jerry McDermott’s father who was a professional photographer.

Automotive Industries magazine must have thought highly of the new model and its o.h.v. six-cylinder engine as we were able to find a two-page article below all about the new engine. You can learn all about the manufacturer at the Velie Motor Cars.

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Motorcycle Gymnasts at Munchen, Germany

Today is the Forth of July and the start of a holiday weekend, so for a little quick entertainment for you we found this entertaining news clip dating from 1934. The production shows a skilled team of motorcycle and automobile drivers preforming in front of a good-sized crowd at Munchen, Germany. There are no fireworks to show you, but the the mad radio operator for the troupe does put on a good show when his equipment short circuits. Courtesy of British Pathe.

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The Guasti-Giulii Inc.Tire Tower – Los Angeles, California


A couple of months ago we featured a series of photos of Nels Thompson and his 1930 Packard 740 preaching car in front of one of the three Guasti-Giulii Inc. tire shops in Los Angeles, California. What we did not know at the time was that the Guasti-Giulii Inc. Tire Tower, as it was called, was just to the left-hand side of the building in the previous photos. This was the location of headquarters of the operation that was at Eighth Street and Central Avenue.


This second set of photos was taken earlier on November 15, 1929. The service vehicles that can be seen in the images are: two Model A Ford Roadster pickup trucks and a Indian motorcycle equipped with a sidecar chassis and a utility box equipped with a compressed air tank. The U.S. Tires that Guasti-Giulii Inc. sold were produced by the U. S. Rubber Company. The photos are courtesy of the USC Libraries.


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