Evel For The Win

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  1. teleon

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  2. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    I remember watching him attempt to jump the snake river canyon.
    I was a young kid.
    I remember it being quite a letdown after all the pre event hype.
    I recently learned that whole event was pretty badly handled. Some documentary basically said it was doomed from the start.

    Ah, memories.
     
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    Yep, I watched it too (it was live, wasn't it?) It kinda felt like somewhere between the Kentucky Derby and a moon launch. And then his leg hit the parachute handle and, poof, it was over.

    Did you have an Evil Knievil action figure? I didn't have one, but my cousin did, with the motorcycle.
     
  4. 985plowboy

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    I did!!
    You put Evel on the motorcycle, put the bike on a platform, cranked the handle, pushed a release and Bam!!!
    It fell over.

    Actually, the motorcycle alone actually functioned as advertised. Just not with the action figure on it.

    Looked way cooler on the commercial. I gave it to a younger kid when I got a bit older. Along with all my GI Joe’s and my hot wheels cars.
    Wish I’d kept all that for my own kids.
     
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    I saw Evel jump several times. Three or four times at Green Valley Raceway and once in Alabama and once in Georgia. One of the ones at Green Valley was on the Wide world of Sports. I was close enough to Howard Cosell I could have touched him. He was such a douche I refrained for fear of getting cooties
     
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  6. JuneauMike

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    Howard Costello? Do you mean Howard Cosell? Cause he seemed like a douche (sorta like an early prototype of Ron Burgandy, actually).
     
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    Evel was quite the character ...

    He often claimed he had broken every bone in his body ...

    At least once ...

    He missed a few jumps ...

    But he made more than he missed ...
     
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    I saw him jump.
    Thanks to my pop who took me to Nassau Colosseum.
    XR750...
    Effin' crazy to jump a bike like that.
    Amazing he ever nailed a landing.
     
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    I present to you, for your consideration...the Knievelcaster

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    Freaking autocorrect and lack of proofreading by me.
    Rereading it made me laugh and do a facepalm. Thanks, Mike
     
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    Hey, Mike I fixed it for you. lol
     
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    Major dude in my book.
     
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    Totally dig the Evel themed guits. Cool!
     
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    I can say I never saw him not make a jump. Busses, semis, humans, horses, hoops, garters, and a hogshead of real fire.
    Well maybe not all of the last part
     
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    I had a wind up motorcycle and rider toy with the white suit, my best friend had the one in blue. Fun times. :D
     
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    I remember our family trying to extend a hotel stay for a few hours on vacation so we could see the Snake River Canyon jump. Uhhhhh, that did not turn out like we had planned.

    The guy had some grit though.
     
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    I've had those Seymour Duncan Invader pickups shown in that top photo. I had them in my Les Paul. Sounded great through an overdriven amp. Worst clean pickup ever!
     
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    seen him jump some cars in the dome once. cant say it was a lot of fun for me cus I went home and tried to jump a car with my bicycle. Failed on my 1st and last attempt. I think I had to eat soup for a few weeks.
     
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    I saw him jump at the old JFK stadium in Philly. I forget how many of what he jumped but it seemed pretty routine. After he landed he ran out of room and did a minor controlled crash/slide into a wall or fence. I had the wind-up contraption which was supposed to shoot the gyro-wheeled bike off to do cool things but the winding effort and lack of thrilling rides got old pretty fast.

    I thought and still think he was a Major Dude as well.
     
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    I saw him in Reno jump 20 busses. Who among us can jump even one Bus?
     
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