House of Evel
The world’s first Evel Knievel museum is getting ready to open its doors in America and we’ve been granted an exclusive look behind the scenes and an interview with the man behind the whole idea – Lathan Mckay.
The 16,000sqft museum is based in Topeka, Kansas, and houses Knievel bikes, helmets and leathers, Knievel’s famous tour bus and the X2-1 Sky Cycle that plummeted into the Snake River Canyon. Visitors can even sit on a replica Knievel bike (and one of his original ramps) while wearing a virtual reality headset to experience what it’s like to leap 15 cars. The jump was performed by US daredevil Doug Danger, who was strapped up with twelve 360° VR cameras. The museum also houses a cinema showing Knievel movies, documentaries and jumps and there are interactive displays where you can learn the science behind ramp jumping.
Without doubt the world’s most famous motorcyclist X-rays The museum has over 40 X-rays showing the breaks Knievel suffered on his way into the Guinness Book of Records for breaking more bones than any other human. There’s also more than 2000 Knievel photographs Wembley helmet The helmet Knievel wore on his one and only ill-fated busjumping performance in the UK – at Wembley Stadium in 1975