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Daredevils – 1986 – Jim McKay Features The Master Of Daredevil Stunts – The Story Of Evel Knievel


Robert Craig Knievel Jr. (October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007) was professionally known as Evel Knievel…. was an American stunt performer and entertainer….who over the course of his career would  attempt more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps….whereby in 1974, he failed an attempted canyon jump across Snake River Canyon in the Skycycle X-2….which was a steam-powered rocket.  After the Snake River jump, Knievel returned to motorcycle jumping with ABC’s Wide World of Sports televising several jumps…..when on May 26, 1975 in front of 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium in London….Knievel crashed while trying to land a jump over 13 redundant single-deck “London Buses”….when after the crash….despite breaking his pelvis….Knievel addressed the audience and announced his retirement by stating….”Ladies and gentlemen of this wonderful country, I’ve got to tell you that you are the last people in the world who will ever see me jump. Because I will never, ever, ever jump again. I’m through.”….and while in near shock and not yielding to Frank Gifford’s of ABC’s Wide World of Sports plea to use a stretcher….the incomparable Evel Knievel walked off the Wembley pitch stating….”I came in walking, I went out walking!”


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