To mark its fifth anniversary Film Northants has commissioned a documentary about the making of a bicycle wheel of death which will be showcased in Northampton this summer.

The short doc will follow a team of bicycle enthusiasts who are hand-building a vintage circus attraction (see example photo below) before testing it out in front of a live audience.

The attraction, named the Bomberdrome – AKA the Bowl of Harm – is currently being constructed following a successful fundraising campaign. Local people have supported the £4,000 project by sponsoring planks on the wheel in return for having their names featured on them.


Once built, the Bomberdrome will be taken to bicycle festivals and village fetes where the Ministry of Bicycles will brave the wooden wheel on their fleet of exotic bicycles including tall bikes and clown bikes.

The project is the brainchild of brothers Bill and George Pollard, who run ‘Monday Night is Project Night’ from a shed in Kingsley.

George Pollard said: “The idea came from the States where some guys made a whiskey drome. We intend to build a sizeable wooden drome which will be five feet high and 26 feet in diameter at the top. It will be quite a spectacle to see a team of crazy cyclists whizzing round the drome and I’m sure there will be plenty of injuries along the way but we hope at least it will bring a smile to people’s faces.”

A launch event will be held in Northampton in the early summer with the madcap Ministry of Bicycles dressed as the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse as they display their daring cycling skills. Following the event the Bomberdrome will be taken on the road to events across the county.

The documentary of the building and showcasing of the Bomberdrome will be screened at the Film Northants festival held in Cineworld, Northampton on September 17th 2012.


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