During festivities on the third day of Eid ul-Fitr, a feast holiday marking the end of the Ramadan season, a particularly daring circus performer drives a car along the Wall of Death at a local Afghan carnival as a perilously close crowd watches along the edge.

The concept of the Wall of Death, also called a motordrome or silodrome, dates to the US in the 1900s, when motor racing on wooden-plank tracks begat more daring stunts involving motorcycles or automobiles. By the 1930s, dozens of travelling carnivals featured the act.

The pictured driver, seen here in 2012, lived to compete again in 2013.