Saturday, December 1, 2007

R.I.P. Evel Knievel

The pioneer of daredvil motocross/motorbike stunts & jumps has died at the age of 69. Robert Craig Knievel, aka Evel Knievel had been in failing health for years, suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable condition that scarred his lungs.

"Evel Knievel was born October 17, 1938, in Butte, Montana. By the end of his career, 35 broken bones put him in the Guinness World Records. And he went through an estimated 200 units of blood to help bring him back to life after countless crashes," said ABC.

All those guys out there making money from Motocross stunt and one-make jump contests owe it to this guy for starting off a phenomenon that has always captured the hearts, minds & imaginations of those watching him. His first jump was at Moses Lake, Washington in 1965 and his last was in 1981 at the Miami Speedway.

Knievel's most famous stunt was probably an attempt to jump the quarter-mile wide Snake River Canyon in Idaho 1974 on his rocket-powered "Sky-Cycle"

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