A team is hoping to complete Evel Knievel's failed Snake River Canyon jump in a rocket based on the original design. A recently released short documentary provides a peek into the preparation for the endeavor.
Forty-year-old Gugulotu Lachiram is a farmer by trade, a yoga practitioner and motorcycle rider by choice. Not yet having worked out how to ride while farming, Lachiram has sorted out a method for doing yoga while on two wheels. Six years ago, after seeing extreme sportsmen on TV, Lachiram thought, "Why not me?" He's been practicing two hours a day ever since, the result being the kind of Honda Yoga we've never seen before.
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.
Stunt choreography is a business that really needs to be done properly. A failure in any one area has the potential to not just ruin the stunt and waste a film or TV show's budget, but could lead to a member of the cast or crew getting seriously hurt (or even killed).
Evel Knievel transformed the motorcycle jump into the undisputed king of vehicular stunts. It's just so insanely dangerous. There's practically nothing keeping the rider safe, other than their ability to land the bike on the other side, of course.
Lubricant company Royal Purple has started a video series called Outperformer, its latest episode looking at stunt coordinator Lance Gilbert working on the coming film Need for Speed. Gilbert is a third-generation stunt man with a family lineage going all the way back to Mickey Gilbert in Ben Hur. The antic chariot racing scenes in that 1959 film can be considered one of the precursors to the work Lance is doing on NfS, like the getting a Koenigsegg (replica) to flip out and explode on a bridge
It must be fun working in the marketing department of Volvo Trucks these days. It seems any crazy thought conjured around a conference room table can be turned into a stunt using tightrope walkers, bull runners or hamsters. Risking the life of their own president is even within the bounds of reason. And it's working: the videos for these stunts have made Volvo Trucks a channel worth subscribing to on YouTube, with millions of people having clicked on them so far.
At the 2012 X-Games, Hot Wheels attempted a death-defying, double loop. Unlike when you were a kid and actively trying to destroy your toy cars, though, this was a life-size attempt, with real drivers behind the wheel. The massive stunt, with two 66-foot-tall loops, was completed by Tanner Foust and Greg Tracy, and now there's a short YouTube documentary on the process involved in setting up the stunt.
With Transformers 4, Fast & Furious 7 and Need for Speed bringing hundreds of millions of dollars of carnage to the Summer of 2014 - and Getaway coming next month - we should probably start learning our car-stunt grammar. We can start with this behind-the-scenes video of a car rollover stunt that provides more that ten minutes of detailed info on each part of the process.
These dudes are perfect, which, we surmise, is why their YouTube channel is called Dude Perfect. But we digress. In their latest video, Dude Perfect performs some amazing trick shots with footballs, basketballs and baseballs, along with a trio of Fiat 500C Abarth convertibles. It's perfect, dude.
I've been compelled to do many things in or around a car, but jumping over one has never quite made the cut. That may be because I have all of the vertical lift of a manatee, but I digress. One enterprising young soul recently looked at a friend's Nissan Sentra and thought, "You know, I can totally leap right over that roof line."