One of Evel Knievel’s Self-Described Greatest Failures Will Be Tried Again in Sturgis During Motorcycle Rally’s 75th Edition
They didn’t think he could do it. Of course “they” said that a lot to one of the American icons of the 1970’s.
However, a jump that Evel Knievel failed to complete and ironically was uninjured in the process will be recreated as part of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
The Buffalo Chip Campground announced in a press release that daredevil Doug Danger will attempt a 22-car jump on the same motorcycle Knievel used in the September 1, 1972 attempt that fell short.
This August, the Evel Knievel Thrill Show will consist of the largest collection of Evel Knievel curiosities ever assembled, including the Skycycle, x-rays of his numerous broken bones, the now famous Sports Illustrated leathers and cape, and the Mack truck show-rig he named “Big Red.”
The Thrill Show will also include a dangerous attempt at an unsuccessful Evel Knievel world-record jump on the same bike that failed Evel and ultimately lead to his defeat.
On Aug. 6, 2015, daredevil Doug Danger will attempt a 22-car jump on Evel Knievel’s vintage 1972 Harley-Davidson XR-750 in the middle of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip amphitheater.
Knievel attempted a jump over a line of 22 cars on September 1, 1972 in Monroe, Washington. His crew warned that the bike would not attain the speed needed to clear the distance, but because Knievel insisted on doing the jump they built a safety ramp over the last three cars. Knievel bounce-landed on the safety ramp and left defeated.
More than 40 years later Doug Danger is set to attempt the same jump on Knievel’s own bike and clear the 22nd car. Knievel’s bike has not been altered with the exception of moving a foot peg to accommodate Danger’s height.
Another daredevil attempted this jump in 2001, and it ended in a horrific crash.
The Evel Knievel Thrill Show curiosities will be located in the CrossRoads area at the Buffalo Chip July 31 – Aug. 8. Entrance fee, paid in advance, is only $10.
Doug Danger will attempt the record-breaking jump on Knievel’s XR-750 in the Buffalo Chip amphitheater on Thursday, Aug. 6.
Most people will recall the crash at Cesar's Palace as the greatest setback of Knievel's career. If you watch the video below, Knievel cleared the fountains, but crashed upon landing. It gives a thrill just to see it again.