Archive for March 22nd, 2008

Evel Knievel Motorcycle Crash

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

was a pop culture icon when I was a kid whose fame was earned as a motorcycle daredevil. I remember the hype surrounding his attempt to jump . He was all over TV and he made an impression on me as a little boy.

We had this miniature kids’ picnic table with one set of legs broken off. I looked at it one day and realized that it would make a perfect ramp from which to do Evel Knievel-style stunt jumps using my bicycle. So I set it up in the street, put on my football helmet, grabbed by bike, raced up and over my makeshift ramp…and promptly fell off my bike and landed directly on the top of my head. It was a damn good thing I was wearing my football helmet. Some role model Knievel turned out to be.

This clip is of his most famous motorcycle crash at in which he broke 40 bones. There’s no gore, but if you’re squeamish, you might want to take a pass, because you can see bones breaking: