Evel Knievel: the life of the great­est stunt­man

From an early age, Knievel was des­tined for star­dom

How It Works - - TRANSPORT -

Evel Knievel (real name Robert Craig Knievel) was born 17 Oc­to­ber 1938 in Mon­tana, US. When he was eight years old he at­tended a Joie Chit­wood car thrill show, a per­for­mance that would in­spire Knievel to pur­sue a ca­reer as the most fa­mous dare­devil in his­tory.

In 1965 he com­pleted his first real stunt; he at­tempted to jump over two moun­tain li­ons and a crate of rat­tlesnakes, but he didn’t jump far enough and landed on the crate of snakes. Over the next few decades he would build him­self a rep­u­ta­tion as a ve­hi­cle stunt­man, at­tempt­ing over 75 ramp-to-ramp mo­tor­cy­cle jumps.

He be­came an overnight celebrity af­ter ABC’S Wide World of Sports aired one of his big­gest dis­as­ters. In 1967, Knievel at­tempted to jump 46 me­tres – the long­est of his ca­reer – over the foun­tains at Cae­sars Palace in Las Ve­gas, but fell short and crashed, suf­fer­ing mul­ti­ple frac­tures. More than ten years af­ter his death, he con­tin­ues to hold many world records, in­clud­ing the most bro­ken bones in a life­time – 433 in to­tal!

Knievel be­came a pop cul­ture icon; his fail­ures were of­ten more fa­mous than his suc­cess­ful stunts

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.