Evel Knievel Jump Reenactment Raises Questions

Feb 20, 2014

Replica of the one-person, steam-powered “Skycycle X-2” Evel Knievel used in 1974.

A proposal to re-enact and complete a failed jump by legendary stuntman Evel Knievel prompted lots of sticky questions at an open house near Twin Falls, Idaho Wednesday night. Neighboring property owners and local police and fire officials peppered the event promoter with concerns during a packed public meeting.

Businessman Scott Record leads the jump team, which is building a replica of Knievel’s steam-powered rocket. 

Site of the proposed jump for the reenactment of Evel Knievel's failed stunt in 1974.

“I think we have answers to all the questions. Generally, by and large, this County of Jerome has bent over backwards to be accommodating for our festival and for our event," said Record.

Frequently mentioned worries included crowd control, traffic gridlock, concert noise, wildfire risk and damage to the canyon environment.

There are actually two independent teams trying to win permission to jump across the Snake River Canyon near where Knievel’s attempt went awry nearly forty years ago. Scott Record’s group and Texas stuntman Big Ed Beckley both want to attempt a canyon jump around the Knievel anniversary this September.

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