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R.I.P. Evel Knievel - Please post your thoughts and memories here.

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I bet a lot of people here on Motortopia grew up watching Evel Knievel jumping over cars, buses, sharks and even the Snake River Canyon. Some of you probably even had Evel Knievel action figures, motorcycles, or my favorite toy, the "exploding" stunt car that flew apart when it hit the walls.

Sadly, Evel Kneivel died Friday at the age of 69. He retired in 1980 and had been in pretty poor health for the past decade or so.

I bet he is up there planning his next jump right now. God speed Evel.

UPDATE: Click here to read the Yahoo! News coverage.

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Dec 16, 2007 at 2:04 pm
Sorry to hear about Evel. I had all his toys (the motorcycle, the van) as a small child. My mother made me an Evel Kneivel costume for one halloween. I never missed any of his television stunts. it is truely amazing if you think about the bike he used to make all those jumps. it wasn't like the modern motocross bike with 2 feet of travel. He did it with a slightly modified HD. Which is really amazing. He will be truely missed. He will always be the ulitimate showman to me.
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Dec 7, 2007 at 8:59 pm
I was at the snake river jump site and spent about a week there, meet Evel and hung out with him for a short while. He was a cool guy and I am glad I had that experience, he will be missed.
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Dec 4, 2007 at 4:46 pm
The guy was crazy! And proud of it. Proved himself over and over what he was made of. Did what he wanted to do. I had the fortune of seeing him in Tucson in 1975 with Lawrence Welk at a local Dodge dealer that was sponsoring a celebrity golf tournament. He and Lawrence Welk were the only ones that came outside amidst the crowd to shake hands. I have all his movies, bought my son an Evel Knievel van when he was little. He should have been president!
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Dec 2, 2007 at 9:43 pm
An Original All American DareDevil who will be sadly missed! R.I.P. Knievel.
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Dec 2, 2007 at 5:34 pm
Does anyone think that they could have come close to have had as big brass (Balls ) as this man ? Other than his son that wanted to prove the same .
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Dec 2, 2007 at 9:34 am
He was a Hero to ALL of US when we were kids.
I'll always remember jumping my bike over ramps in the driveway, we all did it, and we all eventually ended up with scrapes & cuts from trying to imitate him. He was one of the main reasons I got that first mini-bike, and later moved on to real motorcycles, a sport that I still enjoy today. Yes, I even went on to "jump" the motorcycles, albeit on off-road hills & jumps, not anything close to what he did, but still trying to enjoy a bit of the "freedom' that he gave us by trying to do something daring and imitate him, to an extent.
Yes, I had the toys, the posters, and NEVER missed it when he was on Wide World of Sports, next to my Dad, he was that dashing hero in my life. I even had the record album that was put out about him. A few years ago I was fortunate enough to meet Evel and have him autograph the album cover at a motorcycle show here in Ft. Worth, and let me tell you even though I was approaching 40, just the thought of meeting him and getting his autograph gave me butterflies, I felt like a kid again. I was fortunate enough to get to meet that childhood "idol" and I'll never forget the feeling - I was still a "wide-eyed kid" in awe of being in his presence. I'll always treasure the memories of jumping that bicycle, riding the motorcycles, and just enjoying being one of his fans. It's kind of sad when your childhood "idols" start dying, because it means that you've left childhood, matured, and moved on in your life, but those memories can be just as fresh as they were when you were a kid.
I'll always remeber a part of a poem that was on the inside of the album jacket that was credited to him - "To be a man, to do my best; to stand alone is my only quest,...,for you to do what I do is not right, but for me it is not wrong,..., but just like you, I've just got to be me." I know they may not have been his own words, but they do have a meaning for all of us - be your own man and don't follow anyone else's path, but whatever you do, do it well!

Rest in Peace Evel, you were quite a hero to a generation of us and we are all grateful to what you meant to our childhood. Thanks for the memories!
andylynn67’s Profile Photo
Dec 1, 2007 at 4:36 pm
Lots of memories! Had some of the action figures as a kid and remember waiting at the TV for the snake river jump.
He has now made the biggest jump ever !!
canadianpontiacguy’s Profile Photo
Dec 1, 2007 at 9:12 am
RIP Evel.
Thanks for the memories of days gone by!
vamphauler’s Profile Photo
Dec 1, 2007 at 6:30 am
He was a good man who will be missed, I remember well the stunts he done as if it was yesterday. evil keep the angels entertained now .
txwayno’s Profile Photo
Dec 1, 2007 at 1:24 am
Fan for life! RIP

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