[citation needed]. On February 28, he set a new world record by jumping 19 cars with his Harley-Davidson XR-750 at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California. [4] After several years of obscurity, Knievel made a significant marketing comeback in the 1990s, representing Maxim Casino, Little Caesars, Harley-Davidson, and other firms. The Harley Davidson Motorcycle went up for auction years later and was purchased by collector Lathan McKay. Mountainview Cemetery, Butte, Montana, U.S. What a great Father's Day Gift! Despite landing short and his back wheel hitting the box containing the rattlesnakes, Knievel managed to land safely. And next week, I go out there and I do it again.". To get an audience with the casino's CEO Jay Sarno, Knievel created a fictitious corporation called Evel Knievel Enterprises and three fictitious lawyers to make phone calls to Sarno. When restoring “Big Red,” Knievel’s Mack Truck, the Historic Harley Davidson crew found Draper’s first-hand accounts priceless. Knievel also placed phone calls to Sarno claiming to be from American Broadcasting Company (ABC) and Sports Illustrated inquiring about the jump. [68], Knievel was buried at Mountain View Cemetery in his hometown of Butte, Montana on December 10, 2007, following a funeral at the 7,500-seat[69] Butte Civic Center presided over by Pastor Dr. Robert H. Schuller with actor Matthew McConaughey giving the eulogy. Coliseum jump over crushed cars was used in the beginning of the episode, and an indoor jump over 11 cars and 1 van was used at the end of the show. He also had two strokes after 2005, but neither left him with severe debilitation.[63]. [6], Always looking for new thrills and challenges, Knievel participated in local professional rodeos and ski jumping events, including winning the Northern Rocky Mountain Ski Association Class A Men's ski jumping championship in 1959. Knievel returned to jumping in November 1973, when he successfully jumped over 50 stacked cars at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. To keep his name in the news, Knievel proposed his biggest stunt ever, a motorcycle jump across the Grand Canyon. Later that year on the television show Happy Days, motorcycle-riding character Fonzie performed a similar trick, albeit on waterskis, inspiring the creation of the phrase "jump the shark.". Knievel, with both arms still in casts, flew to California to confront Saltman, by then a VP at 20th Century Fox. "People were intrigued by this guy that would go out there and continuously break his bones." (Topeka, KS) Yes, it’s true. Knievel and his brother were raised in Butte by their paternal grandparents, Ignatius and Emma Knievel. Throughout Kelly's and Robbie's adolescence, the boys performed at Knievel's stunt shows. THEY PLAY AROUND WITH MURDER LIKE THEY PLAY AROUND WITH MEN. But that’s just the start. However, after his 1977 conviction for the assault of Shelly Saltman, Harley-Davidson withdrew their sponsorship of Knievel. Over the course of his career, he attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps. The doctors said he could not race for at least six months. Between 1967 and 1968, Knievel jumped using the Triumph Bonneville T120 (with a 650cc engine). As early as 1976, Knievel announced his plans to build a museum. He heard Historic Harley Davidson had done the work and had an iconic tractor trailer for them to work on. [12] Pomeroy's son, Jim Pomeroy, who went on to compete in the Motocross World Championship, taught Knievel how to do a "wheelie" and ride while standing on the seat of the bike.[13]. In 1999, Knievel celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Snake River Canyon jump at the Twin Falls mall. You gotta be an ass not to be scared. – The man who is creating a museum honoring daredevil Evel Knievel in Topeka says he expects it be a big draw. Wanting a new start away from Butte, Knievel moved his family to Moses Lake, Washington. Blair offered to provide the needed motorcycles, but he wanted the name changed from the Bobby Knievel and His Motorcycle Daredevils Thrill Show to Evil Knievel and His Motorcycle Daredevils. The series, inspired by his popularity, featured stunt motorcyclists. [citation needed]. Knievel said he was turned down 37 times from Lloyd's of London, stating, "I have trouble getting life insurance, accident insurance, hospitalization and even insurance for my automobile...Lloyd's of London has rejected me 37 times so if you hear the rumor that they insure anybody, don't pay too much attention to it. Using the hunting and fishing skills taught to him by his grandfather, Knievel started the Sur-Kill Guide Service. The term Last Gladiator was coined and attributed to Knievel circa 1971. While flying back to Butte from a performance tour, Knievel looked out the window and saw the Snake River Canyon. After his army stint, Knievel returned to Butte, where he met and married his first wife, Linda Joan Bork. On display are Evel’s own jump bikes—motorcycles that sometimes launched him toward horrific … Those dreams were unfulfilled, and his artifacts are spread throughout transportation museums and private collections around the world. Knievel ended up breaking his right leg and foot as a result of the crash. [62], In the late 1990s, Knievel was in need of a life-saving liver transplant as a result of suffering the long-term effects from Hepatitis C. He contracted the disease after one of the numerous blood transfusions he received prior to 1992. Between December 1969 and April 1970, Knievel used the Laverda American Eagle 750cc motorcycle. After three years of “Evel Archaeology,” collector Lathan McKay joined forces with Historic Harley-Davidson owner Mike Patterson who added 16,000 sq. Topeka, Kansas "He was a real-life superhero to a lot of people," said Mike Patterson, co-founder of the Evel Knievel Museum. Although he was originally scheduled to lead a benefit ride through Milwaukee, Knievel never rode the motorcycle because he suffered a mild (non-debilitating) stroke prior to the appearance and limited his visit to a signing session. In 2006, he had an internal morphine pain pump surgically implanted to help him with the excruciating pain in his deteriorated lower back, one of the costs of incurring so many traumas over the course of his career as a daredevil. When you give your word to somebody that you're going to do something, you've gotta do it." He did things no one had ever done. With no income from jumping or sponsorship, Knievel eventually declared bankruptcy. Named by USA Today as one of the Top 5 Best New Attractions and a question on Who Want To Be Millionaire, people from across the country are flocking to experience the daredevil jump and witness the Evel Knievel legend brought to life. At the age of eight, Knievel attended a Joie Chitwood auto daredevil show, to which he gave credit for his later career choice as a motorcycle daredevil. The new Evel Knievel Museum is a world-class facility containing the most complete Evel Knievel collection in the world including actual leathers, helmets, and hidden-cache canes, X-rays showing the metal pins that held Evel together, and rare, never-before-seen jump video and photos. Knievel was ejected from the game minutes into the third period and left the stadium. ABC declined, but said that if Knievel had the jump filmed and it was as spectacular as he said it would be, they would consider using it later. [65], Knievel died in Clearwater, Florida, on November 30, 2007, aged 69. While in Las Vegas to watch Dick Tiger successfully defend his WBA and WBC light heavyweight titles at the Convention Center on November 17, 1967, Knievel first saw the fountains at Caesars Palace and decided to jump them. Maybe it’s because we just thought it’d be cool to build an Evel Knievel museum connected to one of the most iconic Harley-Davidson stores in the nation. Days later, Knievel received the transplant. Get ready to explore the world's largest collection of Evel Knievel's authentic performance leathers, jump bikes and memorabilia at Historic Harley-Davidson of Topeka, 2047 SW Topeka Blvd. "[48] (Both electromechanical and solid-state versions were produced. The term refers to the Roman gladiator, who entered an arena to fight to the death numerous foes, whom he might vanquish with skill and bravery. [citation needed] He was promoted to surface duty, where he drove a large earth mover. [citation needed] Knievel credited much of his later success to Stone and his book. He managed to hold on until the cycle hit the base of the ramp. This museum dedicated to his honor is truly a first class showcase of everything Evel Knievel. A drag parachute deployed prematurely, and he drifted down into the canyon. Knievel reportedly suffered a broken back and a concussion after getting thrown off and run over by his motorcycle, a Harley-Davidson. The steam that powered the engine was superheated to a temperature of 500 °F (260 °C). MORE STORIES FROM BORN TO RIDE GEORGIA MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINE. Both parents decided to leave Butte. On August 3, 1968, Knievel returned to jumping, making more money than ever before. "[citation needed]. On April 1, 2007, Knievel appeared on Robert H. Schuller's television program Hour of Power and announced that he "believed in Jesus Christ" for the first time. As a result of the crash, Knievel suffered a crushed pelvis and femur, fractures to his hip, wrist, and both ankles, and a concussion that kept him in the hospital. Knievel would use the XR-750 in association with Harley-Davidson until 1977. [58][59] Directed by Bat Boy co-creator Keythe Farley, the production opened in Los Angeles in September 2007 to some positive reviews. [23] His historic XR-750 is now part of the collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. )[49], Knievel made several television appearances, including frequently as a guest on talk shows such as Dinah! In 1977, Evel made a guest spot on The Bionic Woman, where he played himself, getting inadvertently caught up in East German espionage while appearing in West Germany. American Eagle Motorcycles was the first company to sign Knievel to an endorsement deal. After doing his normal pre-jump show and a few warm-up approaches, Knievel began his real approach. In the documentary Last of the Gladiators, Knievel discussed the crash of a 1970 Pepsi-Cola sponsored jump in Yakima, Washington. Featuring his motorcycles, leathers, helmets, wardrobe and jewelry along with various displays and a virtual reality motorcycle jump.[74]. These Softail-based customs not only look incredible, they do the one thing that no stock Softail has ever done, namely, offer decent handling. It means 2020 is going to come to an end soon. This year everyone has a costume. Well, October is upon us and thank goodness for that. [1] However, this number could be exaggerated: his son Robbie told a reporter in June 2014 that his father had broken 40 to 50 bones; Knievel himself claimed he broke 35. [4], In 2005, he was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable and terminal lung disease that required him to be on supplemental oxygen 24 hours a day. [citation needed], Knievel was a proponent of motorcycle helmet safety. Bad joke I know, but it seems appropriate. As it turns out, half of Knievel’s crew was from Kansas, including Mike Draper (Wichita, Kansas). [11] During the early 1960s, he and other dealers had difficulty promoting and selling Japanese imports because of the steep competition of their auto industry, and the Moses Lake Honda dealership eventually closed. He was no longer satisfied with just receiving free motorcycles to jump with. Among the various artifacts from Knievel's life, the exhibit included his "Shark Jump" Harley-Davidson XR-750, the Skycycle X-2, a blue jumpsuit from late in his career without any sponsor patches, and his trademark "red, white and blue" jumpsuit complete with his helmet and walking stick. 42, no. To get ahead of other motorcycle stunt people who were jumping animals or pools of water, Knievel started jumping cars. Amanda B, Guest Relations Manager at Evel Knievel Museum, responded to this review Responded September 13, 2017. [1] He died of pulmonary disease in Clearwater, Florida, in 2007, aged 69. Knievel jumped on October 31, 1976, at the Seattle Kingdome. I loved the thrill, the money, the whole macho thing. Prior to the Monday service, fireworks exploded in the Butte night sky as pallbearers carried Knievel's casket into the center. I was thrilled to share the experience with my son. I was a daredevil, a performer. as one of the inspirers of extreme sports. As an ardent supporter of helmet use, Knievel once offered a cash reward for anyone who witnessed him stunting on a motorcycle without a helmet. [39] Two variations of the white suit appeared (one with three stars across the chest and one with the three stars on his right chest). Evel Knievel's 1988 self-produced documentary was entitled Last of the Gladiators. The cameraman was admitted to the hospital and received treatment for an injury near his eye, but received no permanent injury. This movie starred Knievel as himself and co-starred Lauren Hutton, Gene Kelly and Red Buttons. Saltman's book was withdrawn by the publisher after Knievel threatened to sue. The terrific forces these machines passed on to his body are well illustrated in the super slow motion footage of his Caesars' landing. [citation needed], Knievel was successful as an insurance salesman (even selling insurance policies to several institutionalized mental patients[citation needed] ) and wanted recognition for his efforts. "[18] Four years later, a clause in Knievel's contract to jump 14 buses at Kings Island required a one-day $1 million liability insurance to the amusement park. The world-class operation is obviously a source of civic pride. Prior to the canyon jump, Knievel stated, "If someone says to you, 'that guy should have never jumped the canyon. Knievel wanted to be paid to use and promote a company's brand of motorcycles. ABC's Wide World of Sports was unwilling to pay the price Knievel wanted for the Snake River Canyon jump, so he hired boxing promoter Bob Arum's company, Top Rank Productions, to put the event on closed-circuit television and broadcast to movie theaters. Also in 1974, Evel and Amherst Records released at the Sound City Studios the self-titled album Evel Knievel, which included a press conference, an anti-drug talk for his young fans, and four other tracks. Because I will never, ever, ever jump again. Ironically, Evel had made it to the opposite rim, before the wind pushed him back to the other side. Knievel then used a Norton Motorcycle Company 750cc for only one year, 1966. However, he used the bike only for wheelies and did not jump after retiring the XR-750.[4]. On October 14, 1977, Knievel pleaded guilty to battery and was sentenced to three years' probation and six months in county jail. On May 25, 1968, in Scottsdale, Arizona, Knievel crashed while attempting to jump 15 Ford Mustangs. Knievel was a cousin of the former Democratic Congressman from Montana, Pat Williams (b. Culling was stopped in the late 1960s. On October 9, 2005, Knievel promoted his last public "motorcycle ride" at the Milwaukee Harley-Davidson dealership. On January 31, 1977, Knievel was scheduled for a major jump in Chicago, Illinois. He jumped only seven Greyhound buses but it was a success. I want to be the first. He was riding a Roland Sands Design-prepared 450-pound Indian Scout FTR750, and dressed in a full Evel Knievel getup, down to wearing vintage-style appearing dress boots from Bates, the manufacturer that had made Evel's. When the company refused to promote him to vice-president after he had been a few months on the job, he quit. Legendary Motorcycles: The Stories and Bikes Made Famous by Elvis, Peter Fonda, Kenny Roberts and Other Motorcycle Greats, Basem Wasef, MBI Publishing, 2007. On March 3, 1972, at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California, after making a successful jump, he tried to come to a quick stop because of a short landing area. JOHN SHOPE'S DIRTY BIRD CONCEPTS WORLDS BEST BOSS GIVES SUPER SURPRISE. At the tail end of his career, while helping launch the career of his son, Robbie, Knievel returned to the Triumph T120. Braun stated that he was "finishing out [the] dream" of his hero, Knievel. He set the date for Labor Day (September 4), 1972. [citation needed]. [4] His last appearance with Robbie (on tour) was in March 1981 in Hollywood, Florida. His back wheel hit the top of the van while his front wheel hit the top of the landing ramp. After recovering, Knievel started traveling from small town to small town as a solo act. One organization that Knievel regularly slammed for being drug dealers was the Hells Angels. The ride was to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. He was earning approximately $25,000 per performance, and he was making successful jumps almost weekly until October 13, in Carson City, Nevada. I go into the arena and I compete against destruction and I win. The electromechanical version is extremely rare, with only 155 made. I'm gonna crash," and there's nothing you can do to stop it, not at all. After recuperating, Knievel decided that he had spoken too soon, and that he would continue jumping. And when you hear the story of “Why Topeka,” Topeka, Kansas not only makes sense, but it leaves museum attendees wondering if Knievel’s influence from above isn’t as powerful as his earthly impact that created an enthusiastic generation of thrill-seekers and daredevils, inspired the X-Games, and earned him the irrefutable title of the “Godfather of Extreme Sports.”. The United States Olympic Committee ended up paying the Czechoslovakian team's expenses to avoid an international incident. Surprising to many, the Evel Knievel Museum is not located in Butte, Montana (Knievel’s hometown); nor is it in Las Vegas, Nevada (the venue of his infamous Wide World of Sports Caesars Palace jump). 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On April 15, 1972, the X-1 was launched to test the feasibility of the launching ramp. [30][31][32], Since the 1974 launch, seven daredevils have expressed interest in recreating the jump, including Knievel's two sons, Robbie and Kelly. Lathan McKay, a young professional skateboarder inspired by Evel Knievel, had grown up admiring Knievel as the quintessential fulfillment of individuality and the American Dream. 1937). [3] His mother was of Irish ancestry. To keep costs low, Derek employed his then-wife Linda Evans as one of the camera operators. At approximately the same time, Fanfare Films started production of Evel Knievel, a 1971 movie starring George Hamilton as Knievel. For the remainder of his career, variants of the V-shaped white-starred jumpsuit would be a constant, including a special nylon/canvas flightsuit that matched his white leathers for the X-2 jump. Saltman later produced documents in both criminal and civil court that proved that, although Knievel claimed to have been insulted by statements in Saltman's book, he and his lawyers had actually been given editorial access to the book and had approved and signed off on every word prior to its publication. The Confederate stars jumpsuit was used in the beginning and ending of the 1971 film Evel Knievel. Knievel's daredevil show broke up after the Barstow performance because injuries prevented him from performing. On October 25, 1975, Knievel jumped 14 Greyhound buses at Kings Island near Cincinnati, Ohio. Stuart Barker, Life of Evel Knievel, St. Martin's Press, 2008. The documentary was filmed in July 2007 at the annual "Evel Knievel Days" festival in his old home town of Butte. This page was last edited on 24 January 2021, at 04:17. “The most important thing in life is, if you have a dream, I mean a real good dream, follow it.”. Just five months after his near-fatal crash in Las Vegas, Knievel performed another jump. On September 23, 2020, Knievel's son, Kelly and K&K Promotions filed a lawsuit against Disney and Pixar, claiming Duke was created illegally using Knievel's likeness. By the time it hit the bottom of the canyon, it landed only a few feet from the water on the same side of the canyon from which it had been launched. Landing his cycle on the last vehicle, a panel truck, Knievel was thrown from his bike. PLAN YOUR TRIP TO TOPEKA HERE. Each variant would become more elaborate, including the addition of the red-white-blue cape and the Elvis-styled belt-buckle with his initials, "EK". You’re riding your motorcycle to work just after sunrise, traveling down a typical suburban street lined with car-filled driveways. In 2010 Robbie announced he would recreate the jump. [57], In 2003, Knievel signed over exclusive rights to Los Angeles composer Jef Bek, authorizing the production of a rock opera based on Knievel's life. Evel Knievel Museum: Evil Knievel Museum - See 399 traveler reviews, 368 candid photos, and great deals for Topeka, KS, at Tripadvisor. [50] Knievel's courtship and marriage to Linda was the theme of the 1971 George Hamilton movie, Evel Knievel. The State of Idaho registered the X-2 as an airplane rather than a motorcycle. After the Kings Island jump, Knievel again announced his retirement. [4]:21–22 Knievel tried out with the Charlotte Clippers of the Eastern Hockey League in 1959, but decided that a traveling team was not for him.[7][8][9]. "Evel Knievel ... may be the last great gladiator" is a quote from an article by David Lyle about Knievel that appeared in the January 1970 issue of Esquire magazine. The exhibit was opened in collaboration with Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and Evel's oldest son, Kelly. To help support his family, he switched careers and sold insurance for the Combined Insurance Company of America, working for W. Clement Stone. Knievel first received national exposure on March 18, 1968, when comedian and late-night talk show host Joey Bishop had him on as a guest of ABC's The Joey Bishop Show. According to a witness to the attack, Knievel struck repeated blows at Saltman's head, with Saltman blocking the blows with his left arm. During their marriage, the couple had four children, two boys, Kelly and Robbie and two girls, Tracey and Alicia. Throughout his daredevil career, Knievel was known for his sensational leather jumpsuits that were compared to the jumpsuits worn by Elvis Presley. Knievel broke his collarbone, suffered a compound fracture of his right arm, and broke both legs. The Virtual Jump is awesome, glad you enjoyed it so much! In the 1971 movie, Evel Knievel, George Hamilton (as Knievel) alludes to the canyon jump in the final scene of the movie. The property features nearly 7,000 square feet on five levels, equestrian facility and multiple garages. After Evel's death, Kelly has overseen the Knievel legacy, including developing Knievel-related products and assisting Harley-Davidson to develop a museum exhibit. [4]:21, To help promote his team and earn some money, he convinced the Czechoslovakian Olympic ice hockey team to play the Butte Bombers in a warm-up game to the 1960 Winter Olympics (to be held in California). However, during his rehearsal, Knievel lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into a cameraman. Knievel, at the age of 29, used his own money to have actor/director John Derek produce a film of the Caesars jump. Robert Craig Knievel (/kˈniːvəl/; October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007), professionally known as Evel Knievel, was an American stunt performer and entertainer. The Evel Knievel Museum is well laid out and covers his entire career. This literally was in a barn,” Lathan McKay, Evel Knievel Museum co-founder, said. Mike Patterson, who owns Historic Harley-Davidson of Topeka, Kansas, and a number of partners came up with the idea for the museum. Knievel's original blueprints and handwritten notes about his desired museum are currently displayed at the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum in downtown Miami, Oklahoma. After the crash, despite breaking his pelvis, Knievel addressed the audience and announced his retirement by stating, "Ladies and gentlemen of this wonderful country, I've got to tell you that you are the last people in the world who will ever see me jump. The friend said, "It's been coming for years, but you just don't expect it. During the six years the toys were manufactured, Ideal claimed to have sold more than $125 million worth of Knievel toys. If they'd let me go to the moon, I'd crawl all the way to Cape Kennedy just to do it. Robert “Evel” Knievel’s dream of creating a museum to “house his life’s memorabilia” is now a reality. He began adding more and more cars to his jumps when he would return to the same venue to get people to come out and see him again. | date=January 25, 2015 | author=Daniel Junge. While trying to stick the landing, he lost control of the bike and crashed, breaking his hip again. Knievel used the Triumph at the Caesars Palace crash on New Year's Eve 1967. This caused the handlebars to be ripped out of his hands as he tumbled over them onto the pavement where he skidded into the Dunes parking lot. The couple were married for two years, divorcing in 2001. The ad focused on GM's restructuring and emphasized the belief that "we all fall down". In 1977, Bally marketed its Knievel pinball machine as the "first fully electronic commercial game"; it has elsewhere been described as one of the "last of the classic pre-digital games. To push his case, he hired famed San Francisco defense attorney Melvin Belli to fight the legal battle for obtaining government permission. As a boy, Knievel had seen the Joie Chitwood show. Shortly before his death, Knievel featured in a BBC2 Christmas special presented by Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond. Attempting his jumps on motorcycles whose suspensions were designed primarily for street riding or flat track racing was a major factor in Knievel's many disastrous landings. During the late 1950s, Knievel joined the United States Army. Stone suggested that Knievel read Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, a book that Stone wrote with Napoleon Hill. [56] Although a few public museums were opened in his honor including the Evel Knievel Museum in Topeka, Kansas. The Route 66 site also houses Evel's Snake River Canyon Jump Mission Control Super Van. Actual footage from Evel's L.A. ABC-TV bought the rights to the film of the jump, paying far more than it originally would have had it televised the jump live. Knievel kept up his pursuit of the United States government to allow him to jump the Grand Canyon. [citation needed]. On January 7 and 8, 1971, Knievel set the record by selling over 100,000 tickets to back-to-back performances at the Houston Astrodome. His popularity, especially with young boys, was ever-increasing. Along with October comes Halloween and maybe Biketoberfest. During a 1968 interview, Knievel stated, "I don't care if they say, 'Look, kid, you're going to drive that thing off the edge of the Canyon and die,' I'm going to do it. Knievel has been the subject of five different films. On September 8, 1974, Evel Knievel took to the sky, as the sky-rocket soared from its launch ramp. [citation needed], In a 1971 interview with Dick Cavett, Knievel stated that he was uninsurable following the Caesars' crash. 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