YESTERDAY'S TOWNS

HOWDY, MY NAME IS BILL STRONG, I'LL BE YOUR "24 HOUR MAN", ROUTING YOU INTO THE PAST TO SEE WHAT THE CIRCUS WAS IN DAYS GONE BY. IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, AND MISS WHAT IT USED TO BE, THEN COME ON ALONG AS WE GO DOWN THE ROAD FOLLOWING THE ARROWS BACKWARDS, TO "YESTERDAY'S TOWNS"! IF YOU HAVE CIRCUS RELATED PICTURES YOU WOULD LIKE POSTED, SEND THEM TO,,,,yesterday1@verizon.net,,,,AND WE WILL TRY TO FIT THEM IN. "24 HOUR MAN" WILL HAVE THE FINAL DECISION ON POSTING.

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Three years at CWM made me a real traditionalist, and I keep remembering Bob Parkinson saying, "I want the people to see what the circus used to be, not what it is today. That's what this site is about!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

TRAVELOGUE #2: HELL DRIVERS

The opening in this clip is one of the beautiful structures on the beautiful Canadian National Exhibition grounds.

I have heard that there are no longer any Automobile Thrill Shows left in the United States, what a shame! For those of you who remember them this will tease your memory just a little.

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Fast moving cars, precision bumper to bumper manuvers, and a fast talking MC made for thrills that filled the grandstands at least one day of almost every County, & State Fair in the country. And when the show was over they weren't done driving, the next performance was 900 miles away the following night, Circus performers began referring to any long overnighter as a, "Thrill Show Jump".
If we were working a bigger fair date for a week, and we knew the Jack Kochman Thrill Show was coming for more than one day, we also knew it was "party time", one particular driver,Jake Plumsted, would buy the meat & liquid refreshments, rent a trailer mounted BBQ grill and a cook, & the acts wives would fix the side dishes, and I'm gettin' hungry!

HI SKIS AROUND THE TRACK


MOTORCYCLE FIREWALL CRASH


THE T-BONE CRASH
Up the ramps, through the air crashing broadside into a parked car.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill, I remember Joey Chitwwod & Dan Fleenor both out of Tampa. There is one show left here in the U.S.
Imperial Stunt Drivers out of New Hampshire. http://www.imperialstuntdrivers.com/index.html

Jerry Beeaman

12/31/2007 6:44 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

I sure hope you are right. I did hear the other day that Tonny Peterson has retired.
He was a member of The Amandis Teeterboard Act, & I remember seeing him do a round-off flip flap, & full twisting somersault to the shoulders of understander Finn.
He was also one of the finest gentlemen I ever met.

12/31/2007 7:25 AM  

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