MAGIC VALLEY, Idaho- 42 years after Evel Knievel failed to jump his Skycycle across the Snake River Canyon, stuntman Eddie Braun successful crossed the gap today in a recreation of the famous leap.
The “Evel Spirit” rocket quickly attained a speed 430 mph before trajectory over the canyon, the vehicle’s parachute deployed placing Braun safely on the opposite side.
On September 8, 1974, world famous motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon in a rocket. On takeoff, the parachute malfunctioned causing Evel’s machine to fall into the canyon. Evel survived, but never came back to try the jump again.
“In the last 40 years, many have wanted to recreate Evel’s famous jump, but all have fallen short,” Braun said upon announcing the attempt .
Three years ago, professional stuntman, Eddie Braun teamed up with the son of the original rocket builder and engineer, Scott Truax to recreate Evel Knievel’s Snake River Canyon in an identical rocket. Using his dad’s original blueprints and spare parts, Scott and his team have built a rocket just like Evel’s with the only exception of the parachute, his site said.