About 30 years ago, Evel Knievel kept popping up with one wild motorcycle jump after another, buses, trucks, almost anything you could line up and precede with a ramp and finally, the Snake River Canyon. Many of his jumps were successful, some spectacular failures but you have to admit, he was a showman and promoter. Other jumpers have come since but everyone remembers the name Evel Knievel while few could identify any of the new guys. Now the challenge is backflips and all sorts of acrobatics, Knievel was all about distance.
The X-2 Skycycle steam powered rocket, the vehicle that was to take Knievel over the Snake River Canyon but failed when the chute deployed shortly after launch and dropped the rocket into the canyon with Knievel on board, is now for sale. As you might expect, there is a bit of damage, but that just adds to the patina, none of those over restored vehicles here, after all, this is history!
The owner, who also has some of Evel Knievel’s Harley Davidson motorcycles used in other jumps, plans to sell the rocket first and then the rest will go soon after. He’s asking for a paltry $5,000,000 dollars for this piece of extreme sport history so step right up.
Link: X-2 Skycycle – auction over
Link: Evel Knievel memorabilia