“My father was performing there too,” he says. “He let Evel try it, and he broke his collarbone.”
The Globe of Death is just one of the highlights of the Harley-Davidson Museum’s summer exhibit, “Daredevils,”on view through Sept. 8.
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Others include a “flying recliner” that Travis Pastrana incorporated into his Nitro Circus performances, and other death-defying vehicles installed throughout the 10,000-square-foot exhibition space. There’s also historic ephemera, some of it dating back a century.
“Stunt performers and daredevils are a constant in American culture,” curator David Kreidler says, “whether we’re talking today or 100 years ago.”
The museum is hosting many events with the exhibition, including a performance by the Division BMX Stunt Team on Aug. 10.