America's Greatest Stuntman Shines in "I Am Evel Knievel"
We here at BoldRide hope you are enjoying the 4th of July. It’s America’s birthday, and so far, we have celebrated it with badass trucks, an All American ‘Cuda, and finding out what the most American cars are. But later comes the fireworks, and what goes with that better than Evel Knievel jumping school busses? On June 30, Virgil Films released the documentary I Am Evel Knievel. Our friends over at BestRide caught up with his son Kelly, who talked about how the legend came to be. RELATED: See images of the 1975 Harley-Davidson XLH Evel Knievel Trike
“He did his first jump in 1966,” explained Kelly, “In the span of six or seven years, he became the most famous person in the world. We were on the road constantly. We were just so busy I don’t really think we even had time to consider it. I remember walking with my mom one time and I was having a hard time keeping up with her. I asked her, ‘Why are you walking so fast?’ She said ‘I’m trying to keep up with your father.’”
The documentary does a great job of describing the early days of Knievel, and sorting out fact from myth and legend. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the incredible tales of Knievel are actually true. One true part of his legend is the insane number of injuries sustained. Explaining this resulted in this absurd infographic depicting all of Evel's injuries:
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Kelly says that fans who grew up in the 1990s and 2000s, “know who Evel Knievel is, but I don’t think they know just how famous he was in the 1970s.” The documentary features a slew of figures who were all influenced by Knievel in their own way, including Matthew McConnaghy, Michelle Rodriguez, and Travis Pastrana
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Pick it up on Amazon, so the next time grandpa or crazy Uncle Hairy stay over, hopefully you’ll have ordered this great documentary. You can sit down in the den and watch it with them, and they can tell you all the tall tales they’ve heard about Knievel through the years.
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