Evel Knievel

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Robbie Knievel Wants to Try Snake River Jump

Son hopes to succeed where Evel Knievel failed in 2974

(Newser) - Thirty-seven years after Evel Knievel made his heavily promoted attempt to clear the Snake River Canyon, son Robbie hopes to succeed where his father failed. Robbie Knievel will visit Idaho tomorrow to pitch the idea to local government and business leaders, reports the Twins Falls Times-News . The younger Knievel, who... More »

Young Knievel Sails Over 24 Trucks

Biker bests pop's 14-bus stunt

(Newser) - The daredevil son of the legendary Evel Knievel successfully jumped 24 semi-trucks on his motorcycle yesterday, dwarfing his father’s 1975 14-bus stunt, the Enquirer reports. A crowd of more than 40,000 gathered in Ohio to watch the flight, which intimidated young Robbie "Kaptain" Knievel “more than... More »

3,000 Say Goodbye to Knievel

Fireworks and heartfelt eulogies mark daredevil's passing

(Newser) - Thousands of mourners, including actor Matthew McConaughey and boxing champ Joe Frazier, gathered today to bid farewell to Evel Knievel, New West reports. The ceremony took place in the famed daredevil’s hometown, Butte, Mont., which marked the arrival of his coffin last night with a 3-minute salvo of fireworks.... More »

Brit Fan Hails 'True American Original'

Knievel was 'NASA, Elvis, Barnum & Bailey rolled into one'

(Newser) - Like thousands of children growing up in the 1970s, Daily Telegraph columnist Damien Lanigan played with an Evel Knievel doll, delighting in the indestructibility of the figurine. The man who inspired the toys—and delighted a generation—proved to be less enduring than his plastic manifestations, but his legend survives... More »

Evel Knievel Dead at 69

Motorcycle daredevil and '70s showman had been in failing health

(Newser) - Evel Knievel, the motorcycle daredevil  who never saw a canyon—or a row of vehicles—he didn't want to jump, died today at 69. He was known for his spectacular failures as well as successes, including an attempt to jump the fountains at Caesar's Palace that put him in a... More »

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