The very first Hell Driver Thrill Show was performed by , Ward Beam’s ‘Congress of Daredevils’ in 1923. These madmen thrilled audiences with never before seen jumps, roll overs, reverse slides, head on crashes, bumper to bumper ramp over and crisscross, man on hood battering ram through a blazing wall of fire, hi-ski driving on two wheels, car into car dive bomb, and the classic ‘slide for life’.
Many other Helldriver teams would follow, Lucky Lee Lott, The Jimmy Lynch Death Dodgers, Irish Horan, the Jack Kochman Hell Drivers, Lucky Teter, who was tragically killed performing one of his own stunts in 1942, and the world famous Joie Chitwood Thrill Show who kept this tradition alive for decades to come, until their legacy was all but forgotten with the dawn of the 21st century.
In their heyday, this troops of daredevil gypsies traveled the country thrilling audiences at fairgrounds and speedways from coast to coast. They drove fleets of modern cars courtesy of manufacturers like Ford and Dodge who used their death defying stunts to promote the safety of their fine automobiles.
The Lucky Devil Thrill Show is dedicated to keeping the history and tradition of Hell Driving alive…and brings it to you in living color and searing flames!
The Joie Chitwood Hell Drivers, Pennsylvania 1947 (below) and the Lucky Devil Hell Drivers Thrill Show, Pennsylvania 2017 (above).
Billy Carter (center top), original Joie Chitwood Helldriver from 1949-1954 attended the first ever performance of the Lucky Devil hell Drivers Thrill Show at the Jalopy Showdown, 2017.