Thursday, May 13, 2010

Vroom, vroom!

43 years after his father's failed stunt, Evel Knievel's son Robbie is going to try to jump Snake River Canyon in 2011.

Did you tune in to see Evel back in 1974, when he strapped himself into his rocket-powered "Sky-Cycle" and attempted to shoot across the quarter-mile-wide Idaho canyon? I did -- to a six-year-old kid, is there anything better than watching a jumpsuited daredevil shoot across the sky in a rocket? Um, nope.

Evel didn't make it across, and escaped with only minor injuries. I promptly asked Santa Claus for the Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle. You know, the one with the base that you frantically wound up and launched the bendable Evel and his cycle across the living room like a red, white and blue bullet. (That's me with my prized possession.)

After a bone-crunching wipeout, you could dust off Evel’s tiny doppelganger, bend his twisted limbs back into shape, jam him back on the cycle and force him to do it all again without so much as an St. Joseph’s chewable aspirin to dull the pain. Hope Robbie did a lot of practicing with that thing.

Here's video of Evel's big jump.

1 comment:

Kim Kosmatka said...

TOTALLY remember Evel attempting that jump. And I will watch as his son tries it too! Look how cute you were with that stunt cycle! I think my brother got one of those for Christmas, but he wasn't all dressed up for the occasion. Must've been some party! ;D