Evel is a legend. He was best known for his motorcycle stunts that occurred between 1965 and 1980. Earning the Guinness Book of Records title of most broken bones in a lifetime, Knievel made his most daring and final jump at Twin Falls across the Snake River Canyon. Sitting on top of his X-2 Skycycle, Evil Knievel’s wild ride took to the air on September 8th, 1974. Looking more like a rocket than a motorcycle, the outlandish jump on the Skycycle ended in failure when the parachute opened on takeoff. A monument now sits at the location to honor him and his legacy.
According to Knievel, he acquired the name Evel as a boy. Arrested for stealing hubcaps, he was taken to jail, where the police were holding a man named Knofel, whom they called “Awful Knofel.” They decided to call Robert “Evil Knievel.” The name stuck, and some years later, Mr. Knievel legally took the name Evel, changing the “i” to “e” because, he said, he thought it looked better.
On September 16, 2016, stuntman Eddie Braun did what Evel did not: he successfully jumped the Canyon in a rocket motorcycle built by the son of the man who built the original rocket motorcycle. It was named “Evel Spirit” in Knievel’s honor.
CBS News: More than 40 years after iconic daredevil Evel Knievel famously failed to jump Snake River Canyon in southern Idaho, Eddie Braun soared 2,000 feet in the air to complete the feat.
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