Video footage explains what went wrong for Evel Knievel on the X-2 at the Snake Canyon River Jump

In 1974, daredevil Evel Knievel performed a jump over the Snake River Canyon in Idaho. The vehicle he used for this jump was called the X2 Skycycle, a revolutionary vehicle that can best be described as a ‘rocket-cycle.’ Designed and manufactured by Bob Truax.

Tragedy struck for the vehicle when the jump didn’t go as expected. The parachute deployed before the rocket left the launch ramp,causing the rocket to go straight up and then plummeted straight down into the canon. As a result, Knievel was recovered from the crash without any significant injuries.

Spectators, worried about Knievel, rushed to the launch area, breaking down the chain link fence that had previously served as a barrier. As the riot ensued, one person decided not to follow the crowd, his focus was on something else. The drogue chute hatch that had separated from the vehicle. He went to retrieve it, going completely unnoticed by everyone in the area.

Thirty six years later, Scott Truax, son of the rocket’s designer, determined that the drogue chute hatch was indeed from the X-2 Sky-Cycle. He signed a letter of authenticity to verify this fact. Additionally, he also confirmed that it was the failed hatch that caused the rocket to malfunction. This is important, because previously people believed the jump failed because of electrical problems. Even Knievel didn’t know the truth.

Now, thanks to a friend of that spectator, the drogue chute hatch will be auctioned off to the highest bider.. This should be good news to Knievel fans, collectors or anyone else that would like to own a piece of American pop culture history.

Soon to be released, the pilot episode of Scott Truax’s Mech Sci features an in-your-face interview with the man who recovered the chute cover. Scott also had an opportunity to sign a notarized certificate of authenticity stating that not only was the piece the actual cause of the crash, but that it is in fact genuine, the real deal, a piece of the X-2 SkyCycle which Evel Knievel attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon with.

The drogue chute hatch cover will be seen at auction in the near future, when the time is right. We will post updates on this as soon as they come in.

Ed Beckley hopes to successfully recreate Evel Knievel’s 1974 attempt to jump the canyon on his “skycycle”

TWIN FALLS • If Big Ed Beckley is going to ride his motorcycle across the Snake River Canyon, he has several hoops to jump through first.

The longtime motorcycle jumper hopes to successfully recreate Evel Knievel’s 1974 attempt to jump the canyon on his “skycycle” — or what was basically a large rocket.

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Evel Knievel collector to show daredevil’s memorabilia in Butte

He’s got Evel Knievel’s X-rays and doctor’s notes, his cuff links, his Chuckles Candy dinner jacket, and 16 of the Knievel clan’s motorcycle leathers.

It’s taken years of serious detective work and thousands of dollars, but Lathan McKay’s “Evel archaeology” has earned him the right to say he has most of the world-famous daredevil’s stuff.

McKay, a Texas-born actor, producer and screenwriter based in Los Angeles, is bringing them back to Butte this summer for a special showcase during Evel Knievel Days.

The Knievel enthusiast’s collection started years ago, after the 34-year-old became enamored of the daredevil’s philosophy.

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Evel Knievel Days Butte, Montana

Evel Knievel Days 2013

Evel Knievel Days 2013

Evel Knievel’s hometown of Butte, MT plays host to the worlds greatest celebration for the Worlds Greatest Daredevil in the finest fashion.

Started in 2002, the three-day event draws thousands of visitors from all over the world to the Mining City. Evel Knievel Days is held annually the fourth weekend of July. The 2013 festival will be July 25, 26, 27 with subsequent dates as follows:

Future Dates:
July 25, 26, 27 2013
July 24, 25, 26 2014
July 23, 24, 25 2015
July 21, 22, 23 2016

Spanky Spangler, Ryan Capes, Trigger Gumm and the Kaptain himself, Robbie Knievel have all performed headline stunts for EK Days, not to mention dozens of dazzling feats attempted by some of the Country’s greatest stuntmen and daredevils.

Evel took the stage at the annual hoopla to welcome his fans, promote the event of which he is very proud and to thank all of the daring stuntmen who show up to perform in honor of the festivals namesake.

All Evel Knievel Days events will be in Historic Uptown Butte and free unless otherwise noted.

Evel Knievel’s parachute hatch – on eBay

x-2-piece-that-fell-offPeople growing up in the United States during the1970s shared common ground in that they seemed to follow the same people and get information from similar sources.  There were only three television channels, increasing the odds that everyone would be tuned in to the same thing at the same time.  If something or someone made the news, chances are you would see it on CBS, NBC, or ABC, usually during their nightly news programming.  (Editor’s note: the cable TV station HBO started in 1972, but it was arguably not very popular until the end of the decade when cable became more widespread.)  So we all knew when President Nixon resigned, knew who Mary Tyler Moore was, and probably heard of the greatest daredevil of our time, Evel Knievel. Read more at http://ebay-stories.com/evel-knievels-parachute-hatch

Drogue Chute Hatch from Evel Knievel’s X-2 SkyCycle – Snake River Canyon

x-2-piece-that-fell-offIn 1974, daredevil Evel Knievel performed a jump over the Snake River Canyon in Idaho.  The vehicle he used for this jump was called the X2 Skycycle, a revolutionary vehicle that can best be described as a ‘rocket-cycle.’ Designed and manufactured  by Bob Truax.

Tragedy struck for the vehicle when the jump didn’t go as expected.  The parachute deployed before the rocket left the launch ramp,causing the rocket to go straight up and then plummeted straight down into the canon. As a result, Knievel was recovered from the crash without any significant injuries.

Spectators, worried about Knievel, rushed to the launch area, breaking down the chain link fence that had previously served as a barrier.  As the riot ensued, one person decided not to follow the crowd, his focus was on something else. The drogue chute hatch that had separated from the vehicle. He went to retrieve it, going completely unnoticed by everyone in the area.

Thirty six years later, Scott Truax, son of the rocket’s designer, determined that the drogue chute hatch was indeed from the X-2 Sky-Cycle. He signed a letter of authenticity to verify this fact. Additionally, he also confirmed that it was the failed hatch that caused the rocket to malfunction.  This is important, because previously people believed the jump failed because of electrical problems. Even Knievel didn’t know the truth.document-of-authencity-x-2-snake-river-canyon-jump

Now, thanks to a friend of that spectator, the drogue chute hatch will be auctioned off to the highest bider..  This should be good news to Knievel fans, collectors or anyone else that would like to own a piece of American  pop culture history.

Soon to be released, the pilot episode of Scott Truax’s Mech Sci features an in-your-face interview with the man who recovered the chute cover. Scott also had an opportunity to sign a notarized certificate of authenticity stating that not only was the piece the actual cause of the crash, but that it is in fact genuine, the real deal, a piece of the X-2 SkyCycle which Evel Knievel attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon with.

The drogue chute hatch cover will be seen at auction in the near future, when the time is right. We will post updates on this as soon as they come in.

This is piece is listed on ebay – read more here…