The Wall of Death In India
Last Updated ( Monday, 14 November 2011 )
Defying gravity: Meet the fearless performers who take on the 30ft Wall of
Death... with no hands
Hands outstretched and with a defiant grin on his face, this performer
entertains hundreds as he races around the 'Wall of Death' in India.
Racing along just feet from spectators and the floor on a rickety wooden 'bowl',
daredevil performers defy the laws of gravity on motorbikes and in cars in
The dangerous stunts catapult the drivers into stardom at regular fairs in the
northern region of India.
Death defying: A stuntman takes his hands off his motorbike as he races around
the 'Wall of Death' at a fair in Srinagar, Kashmir
Playing to the crowd: This performer hangs out of his car as he speeds around
the 30ft wooden wall
Using centrifugal force - or counter-centripetal to physicists - the cars and
motorbikes are able to circle a 30ft vertical wall at high speed.
Traditionally the 'cylinder' in which the vehicles perform is made from wood,
allowing for cheap repair but also making the feat that more dangerous due to
the rickety nature of the track.
Huge crowds pack the top of the 'wall' to watch as performers climb out of car
windows or take their hands off motorbike handlebars.
Celebrities: The performers become stars after wowing crowds with their