Thursday, 28 January 2010
Many Wall of Death 'shows' had women as their main attraction. I loved this about fairground rides. Ignored social convention to make a buck but at the same time unwittingly challenged current beliefs.
In 1894, Agnes was the second of nine girls born into honest-livin’, hard-workin’ Catholic family standards. She christened herself Lillian LaFrance and quickly shook the dust of her Kansas hometown from her boots sometime around 1916, and roared off to create the life she had always dreamt of, carving it raw as she went along. She began Motordrome riding in 1924, and left a brilliant legacy behind.
Many of the UK dromes had female stars also and some started very young...