|Photo Courtesy of Dick Dykes "The Balloon Man"|
My Maternal Grandfather, Melville Morrison Smith was a dispatch rider during WWI and developed a love and great skill for riding motorcycles during that time.After WWI ended my grandfather who was 18 years old joined the Johnny J. Jones Exposition in 1920. He was part of the Motordrome riders act, also known as "The Wall of Death". Grandpa toured with the Expo from 1920 to 1928. In August of 1928 he crashed while performing his stunts, fracturing his skull and ending his career as a Stunt rider.
|Female Motordrome rider with Lion|