“Direction is more important than speed. We are so busy looking at our speedometers that we forget the milestone….”
This replica of one of the 1969 Harley-Davidson Captain America choppers used in the movie “Easy Rider” is on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.
Earlier this month my husband and I took a short vacation to Birmingham, Alabama. The purpose was to go to the Annual Barber Vintage Festival at the Barber Motorsports Park. In years past, my husband has ridden his motorcycle up with friends to enjoy the motorcycle races and vendors, as well as spending hours wandering five floors of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. This year I opted to join him and we made it a car trip.
While we waited on races to begin, I watched antique Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles speed around in this “wall of death.” The Wall of Death is a vintage live action thrill show within a silo-shaped wooden cylinder 30 feet in diameter that motorcycle daredevils perform acrobatic and trick riding in. Onlookers could watch from the top of a 14 foot board wall. As they sped around in circles and reached the top rim of the motor drome, I couldn’t help but step back from the wall as I felt the wind of the motorcycles passing inches away from us.
We knew we would meet up with friends who also rode up for the weekend to watch as vintage motorcycles from all over the world came to race. It was especially fun to watch as Denny Poneleit, from Sarasota, raced around the track and captured 3rd place. The next day we left for home, but we heard he took 1st place in his race that day.