Growing up in the 1970’s, few heroes loomed larger than Evel Knievel. His legendary motorcycle jumps were the stuff that kids’ dreams were made of. Long before wasting time online was even a thing, kids, parents, families, would gather to see whatever spectacle was featured on weekly programs like The Wide World Of Sports.
While the weekend’s sporting highlight might be an exhibition of The Harlem Globetrotters or Olympic bobsledding, it was just as likely to be a ridiculously dangerous motorcycle jump by Evel Knievel. He might be jumping cars or buses, or even The Snake River Canyon in a rocket.
Accompanying Evel’s exploits, was the inevitable goldmine of toys, action figures, t-shirts, and Halloween costumes. Evelmania was at its pinnacle, and anything that could get labeled with his trademark star-spangledness…was.
When Ideal began producing The Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle, it immediately went to the top of every kid’s wishlist. The kid who lived two doors down from from me got one. My friends at school got them, though they were cautioned against bringing them in to play with at recess. Remarkably, I was able to bring my Lone Ranger silver six-shooters for show-and-tell.
Evel Knievel’s estate is now producing a version of the stunt cycle, for those of us that still feel the need to own one. Brand-new and straight out of the box, you’re more likely to enjoy it over an eBay purchase of a run-through-the-ringer original. Have fun!