Tilted Thunder Rail Birds — Seattle All-Female Non-Profit Banked Track Roller Derby

Bonnie Vile


blocker, jammer

How did you come up with your derby name and number?
My love of vintage motorcycles helped me with the idea for my derby name. A true classic British motorcycle is the Triumph Bonneville 750. A little tweaking of the work Bonneville gave me Bonnie Vile and the rest is history.
Why did you join TTRB?
The banked track is serious fun and absolutely fabulous. It makes me grin ear to ear the entire time I am on it. What keeps me coming back day after day is the amazing group of skaters and refs that I have the privilege of getting to know, laugh and spend time with. TTRB’s community work is important to me along with working the peeps.
How long have you been skating?
Strapped skates on my feet after 25+ years in June 2010.
Who is your derby idol?
There are so many – the way that Marilyn Gun-Hoe moves her feet and is fearless, Creep Suzette’s smoothness, and Catti LaBelle’s running to name but a few.
What derby related injuries, if any, have you had?
I broke my arm during my very first scrimmage (plate and 11 screws to put it back together) along with the standard bruises and bumps as well as two broken fingers and a dislocated thumb.
What do you do with your time, other than derby?
Derby takes up a lot of time but when there is some left over I love riding my motorcycles, spending time with my husband and Chihuahua, and doing as many camping trips as possible.
What do you like most about Roller Derby?
Derby is a competitive sport that is supportive at the same time. It has a bit of theatre and drama to add to the fun. TTRB is a greatleague and what I like best are the people I spend time skating with.
If you could give any advice to a new orinterested skater, what would it be?
Never give up and try to keep a positive attitude because getting down on yourself won’t help. Improvement happens in fits and starts.
What is your biggest fear?
Heights…horrible, horrible heights.
What is your favorite color?
Blue – it has always been blue.