Today’s homepage features what would have been the 72nd birthday of the legendary Evel Knievel, the man who risked all on a motorcycle.
If you’ve never seen his death defying stunts, then just type his name into Bing and watch him jump over buses, cars – anything that got in his way!
35 years ago, he came to the attention of the British public when he arrived in England to jump 13 single decker buses. Evel actually crash landed, yet still managed to address the crowd with a broken pelvis and back. Wembley Stadium has seen a lot of sights in its time, but that has to be one of its more memorable moments.
Probably one of his most famous career jumps was when he attempted to clear the fountains outside Caesar’s Palace, captured in this photo:
In the words of Evel himself:
“It’s better to take a chance in life, to win a victory or suffer defeat even though scarred by failure — than it is to live in the shadows of life as some do, never knowing a victory or defeat because they have not the guts to try either” (from the official Evel Knievel website).
In our opinion, Evel Knievel is the greatest daredevil who ever lived.