Evel Knievel may have been the greatest daredevil ever, at least in the popular imagination, and in his prime, there were toys, comics and even movies about him. Some jumps eluded success even for Knievel, though. With the 40th anniversary of the legend's failed launch across the Snake River Canyon in Idaho quickly approaching, one team with clear inspiration from him might make it a success.

In 1974, Knievel hoped to complete a jump across the Snake River Canyon, but he wasn't going to use a motorcycle to do it. Instead, he had a rocket-propelled vehicle called the Skycycle X-2 (pictured above) to make it over the gap, and only a parachute ensured a safe landing. Test flights didn't make it across, but Knievel climbed into the real attempt that September, which was either incredibly brave or very stupid. The 'chute opened during launch and Knievel narrowly avoided falling into the river. With 40 years approaching, it seems like the perfect time to try again.

Two teams had planned to make attempts this year – one on an actual motorcycle and the other in another rocket. Unfortunately, the world is going to miss out on the outrageously cool spectacle of seeing them both try because the cycle team is dropping out, according to Visor Down. The good news is that the rocket looks go for launch in September.

The team has a Facebook page that you can check out with the appropriate motto "Second Time's a Charm," and it's already preparing the site. The location is reportedly about six miles from Knievel's jump, according to Visor Down, and maybe this new attempt can succeed where the legend couldn't.


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      BillyM67
      • 4 Months Ago

      I loved Evel Knievel as a kid, but even as a kid I didn't understand the whole "use a rocket" thing. And it made the failure embarrassing. What was cool was the idea of jumping it on a motorcycle. What challenge is there using a rocket? 

        johnb
        • 4 Months Ago
        @BillyM67

        The challenge was that the rocket was made in some guy's garage for some crazy dude who jumped bikes. The entire nation watched.   It's one my earliest childhood memories even. 

        We were more easily amused back then.    :)

      marv.shocker
      • 4 Months Ago

      MAY have been the greatest dare devil? Name ONE person in our lifetime that was more creative, committed and ballsy than Evel. He knew he wouldn't make the Snake River jump just like he knew he probably wouldn't make the infamous jump across the fountain at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. But that wasn't the point. He did it because he loved creating a sensation, and put himself at grave risk every time he tried a stunt just to give us all a thrill. That makes him THE greatest dare devil of all time IMO.

      dukeisduke
      • 4 Months Ago

      I remember this like it was yesterday, and I can remember when ABC's Wide World Of Sports used to feature Evel and some of his jumps.  IIRC, he might have made it across had the parachute not deployed early.  I wish Eddie and his team the best.

      But, I wonder why Robbie isn't in on the project, even if just for the name?

      SloopJohnB
      • 4 Months Ago

      I need more power, Scotty!!!!