Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Arena of Death -1937

"This daredevil is balanced on a block placed on top of the fuel tank of his motorcycle. The motorcycle, its motor racing, is balanced on two sets of rollers mounted in a specially designed platform. The "Arena of Death" was just one of the spectacular sideshows that attracted crowds to the 1937 Puyallup Fair. For a small fee, fairgoers could watch as the young stunt rider raced his motorcycle up onto and around the walls of the circular track inside the building behind him."

The Hirsch Cycle Co., authorized dealers of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Columbia bicycles, announced a sale of used motorcycles including all makes and models. A Harley-Davidson is shown in the foreground, ridden by a man in a three-piece suit and bow tie. It is possible that the man is store manager C.R. Potter. Hirsch Cycle had moved from its longtime location at 809 Pacific Ave. to 10th & Tacoma Ave. So. by early 1925. It had been in business for about 12 years.

Sixteen motorcycle police officers posed with their "bikes" in front of the Montgomery Motorcycle Company store at 1755 Fawcett Avenue in April of 1948. Willard E. "Monty" Montgomery owned and operated this Harley-Davidson motorcycle shop from 1947 until he died in December of 1963.

Five-year-old Randy Miller, son of Mr. & Mrs. H.W. "Tex" Miller of Tacoma, poses with his own custom built motorcycle in May 1950. The motorcycle was especially designed and built for him by Paul Stockinger and Cliff Sampson, operators of the Indian Cycle Company at 925 Tacoma Avenue South. Randy Miller was the youngest rider in the Memorial Day motorcycle races sponsored by the Tacoma Ducks motorcycle club.

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