Original Daredevil: Evel Knievel
The Original Daredevils
Dare Devil Legend
Evel Knievel was born in 1938 in Montana and he is famous world wide as a Daredevil stuntman. He has participated in over eighty motorcycle ramp jumps and he even rode a steam powered rocket across Snake River Canyon. Well, he is known across America as an icon especially in Las Vegas, Nevada.
One thing about this man was he was a hard worker and in the beginning he set up all his own shows trying to make it to the top. Evel Knievel promoted shows, passed out flyers, spoke to the media and even sold tickets himself.
One of his most memorable jumps made him a star and the successful leap made national newspapers. He jumped a 20 foot long box that contained rattlesnakes and two mountain lions. Very brave. Growing up I recall the toys from Evel Knievel and he was truly mainstream in the 70s and the 80s. It was Hulk Hogan, Mr. T and Evel Knievel in the 80s. Evel showed no fear on his jumps and usually made good. There were many toys released based on this Daredevil legend and the Ideal Toy company made them for seven years. If you ever locate any Evel Knievel toys that are still in the package they are worth a lot of money.
Top Evel Knievel Toys:
1. The Stratocycle: Replica toy from the Viva Knievel film. It came with an Evel Knievel, motorcycle and a start ramp. It was released in 1977. It is the most famous non-action figure of all the Evel Knievel toys. It was the toy little boys over America wanted for their birthdays.
2. GT Stunt Cycle: This toy had a motorcycle that had add on accessories and it was released in 1977. It took America by storm and it was an amazing sight at the time. The wheels and handle bars move. I remember seeing this one on television live. I had several of my friends over to watch this breathtaking event.
3. Stunt Cycle: First Edition- This toy had an Evel action figure, motorcycle and a starting ramp. The cycle had chrome forks and plug in tail pipes. It was released in 1973. You could jump the ramp with your speedy motorcycle.
4. CB Van: This tour van had a bike rack, ramp and a gull winged door. It had a button that let you hear voice messages from Knievel himself. Made for sale in 1977. This was a really cool van that everyone wanted.
5. Fast Tracker: This wheelie car came with an Evel Knieval action figure and the car had stickers that you put on it. It was released for sale in early 1977. It comes with ten stickers to attach all around the wheelie car. This was a really cool car.
Evel has been an inspiration for thousands of Daredevils and stuntman hopefuls over the years. He even got his son, Robbie, involved in motorcycle tricks. Although he had several pay per view events, it was his jumps that was televised on live. That made him famous the world over. His father started the motorcycle craze and it has never stopped to this day. Many stuntmen admire and try to emulate the Knievel family who really helped to popularize motorcycle jumping and other dangerous stunts. Knievel has not only wrecked on camera but off camera as well. But he could not give it up because of the thrill it gave him and that's all he has knew his whole life.
This is a tribute to you Mr. Evel Knievel. He lived to entertain the crowds and believe me the man could draw a nationwide audience. We always watched Evel Knievel each time he was on the television. This was before the time of reality television and Evel Knievel was a big deal so, everyone joined around the television to watch his spectacular stunts.
Have You Seen Them?
Have You Ever Watched Evel or Robbie Knievel Jump?
Evel Knievel Jumping Over Cars
Evel Knievel Accomplishments and Awards
1. Guinness Book of World Records: Evel Knievel holds the record for the most broken bones with 433.
2. Motorcycle Hall of Fame: Evel Knievel was inducted into the Hall in 1999.
3 .4 of the 20 most watched ABC's Wide World of Events were Evel Knievel Motorcycle jumps.
4. Knievel jumped 16 cars without wrecking in California in 1967.
5. Knievel holds the record for tickets sold with 100,000 tickets sold to a two day event in Houston, Texas.
Evel Knievel has accomplished a lot as a daredevil but the list above stands out above the rest. Many of Evel's best stunt performances were never even recorded or documented. Motorcycle tricks and jumps are very dangerous and should only be attempted by professionals. Evel has many other stunt records but the one mentioned above are the most famous records he possesses though.
Evel Knievel Tribute
Stuntman Evel Knievel
Evel Knievel Toys
Did He Succeed?
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Evel Knieval's Top Stunts
Snake River Canyon jump
Caesars Palace Fountain Jump
Grand Canyon Jump
14 Greyhound Bus Jump
15 Ford Mustang Jump
19 Car Jump with Harley XR-750
Birthplace of Evel Knievel
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