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  • OT: Turns out they were right after all.

    As was predicted by many over the years it finally happened. Evel Knievel is dead.

    I thought for awhile he was going to get out alive. He did a lot for the sport of jumping the Grand Canyon and if you believe him, got a lot favors from the female fans along the way.
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    Thank you to our families of soldiers, many of whom have given so much more then the rest of us for the Freedom we enjoy.

    It is true, there is nothing free about freedom, don't be so quick to give it away.

  • #2
    Yeah, read that a few minutes ago myself.

    Strnge as it seems, he lived as long as many people who 'play it safe'

    Kneivel was prominant in my youth, I'd have to say he had a heavy influence in a few of my broken bones.

    Oddly though, have you ever noticed that you can do something 'dangerous' a thousand times without injury, UNTILL someone says 'you're gonna break a leg'. Always wanted to turn around and tell em, 'you're gonna get thumped in the head'

    Still do the down hill bicycle runs and jumps, but I'm creeping up on 50 and have found I don't bounce quite as well as I used to, so I don't aim for as much air as I used to.



    • #3
      He used to hang out once and awhile at a couple of little taverns here.

      Every one liked him.


      • #4
        I think he was a great source of entertainment. He sure was the master of milking the pr for all he could get!

        I still have a desire to get a 250 dirt bike but I know it could change the quailty of my life if I just skinned my knee once! My days of lifting them out of the mud when I got stuck are also over. Best I can do now will be a lincoln towncar if I can afford one someday
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        Thank you to our families of soldiers, many of whom have given so much more then the rest of us for the Freedom we enjoy.

        It is true, there is nothing free about freedom, don't be so quick to give it away.


        • #5
          True story,

          I once owned a Royal Enfield 700cc Constallation twin, terrible machine, was always known as Royal Oilfield's, they were built under the same patents as the Amocco Cadiz due to the amount of oil they leaked.
          They used to leak where there were no joints even

          So one day I'm on my way back from the Cadwell Park races making like I'm Mike Hailwood and belting around the country lanes near Louth when halfway round a corner I remembered about all the oil on the rear tyre, got into a panic, ran off the road and into a ditch

          Not hurt and bike not damaged but this ditch whilst being dry was very deep and narrow and the footpegs had dug in the side and had wedged the bike upright with my legs stuck into the ditch as well.

          Must have looked a brilliant sight, just the tank and my head and shoulders sticking up out this ditch and no one around for bloody miles.....

          Finally managed to get my feet out my boots then work my boots out and walk to the nearest farm to borrow a spade and tractor.

          Oh happy days.......


          Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.


          • #6
            OT- Evel- Devillish Luck?

            To think that I have done the Italian Job-- and lasted 6 years after it.

            Poor fellow-only 69 and I am over 77.

            Everything comes to he who waits- and I am not in a hurry


            • #7
              I was just a young sprat in Missouri when Evel had his famous jump at, I think, Caesar's Palace in Vegas over a bunch of busses - the one where he hit the landing ramp too hard and then bounced off the seat of his Harley sportster, getting himself all busted up in the process. ABC's Wide World of Sports used to use this clip over and over again at the opening of the show. We followed him religiously in our house - a great showman. But he spent the last several years of his life in real pain from all the broken bones. They're just not making them like him anymore....


              • #8
                Ya, he appeared here with his dog and pony show in about 1970 or '71. My buddy had Evel's autograph on his cast, he signed it happy landings, Evel Knievel.........

                I cut it off twice; it's still too short
                Oregon, USA


                • #9
                  I remember seeing him on TV several times,when he made a perfect landing it was a work of art.When it went bad,well it went bad.He was a great entertainer that made a lot of folks happy.

                  R.I.P. Evel.
                  I just need one more tool,just one!


                  • #10
                    Being in my forties I grew up with EK. One of the greatest things for a kid back then. He was like a super hero. RIP.. JRouche
                    My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group



                    • #11
                      I just wonder how they will fit his [email protected] in the coffin.


                      • #12
                        Evel was every young guys hero. Used to be a guy here who used to dress like him. Ol' Evel had big cojones! I saw part of an interview he did a few years ago. He was still a tough SOB even on the downhill slide.
                        I have tools I don't even know I own...


                        • #13
                          RIP EVEL...

                          I shared the same birthday (not year) and only broke one bone on a Sportster..
                          (my right femur)...

                          Bikes all better now tho


                          • #14
                            Saw that today too. RIP Evel.


                            • #15
                              OT Evel to him who evil thinks

                              I confess that it was the remark about 'balls' which prompted me to reply again.
                              It was very firmly in my head as the Royal Air Force Squadron came home from the Gulf and the Battle Standard was being trooped through the Vets as they sat in ever thinning numbers- for that one more time.

                              There was a little lady being fed by one of our number. Life is like that.
                              Pinned to her evening gown was Frank's old " 31" and on her corsage was the tiny Dutch National Flag pinned with the most prestigious badge of 'No.2 Para'
                              Lien had earned it as a schoolgirl on the battle fields of Arnhem in that now famous 'A Bridge Too Far'. She had tended the wounded and risked death every day thereafter. She helps Frank make his famous Dutch East Indian chutney. Lien lost her son in a motor cycle accident only months ago and the scales tipped against a very naughty octogenarian!

                              As the Roll of Honour came to be read- the names of my Three Guardian Angels were read yet again.A new name was added to the Roll. Flo wasn't one of us who put a uniform on but she had done more than her bit in the War and later as a Maid of All Work to 'Bert' who had won the first Air Force Medal awarded to a 'non flying' medic in a DC3 bringing out forgotten wounded in a Forgotten Army in a Forgotten Jungle.

                              As the rear of the hearse was opened and our Bert stood to escort Flo for the last time down the aisle, the air was shattered as two Tornado bombers who 'just happened' to be about at the time, performed the 'Lost Pilot' Salute

                              'Not for the ribboned coat or the selfish hope of a seasons fame'?

                              Vitai Lampada