House of Evel

New mu­seum

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Stu­art Barker MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

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

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