Knievel’s stunt big success

MOTORCYLE daredevil Robbie Knievel successfully completed a shortened jump at the weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway in the US.

Knievel, the son of the late stunt legend Evel Knievel, jumped over 21 Hummer vehicles, four less than had originally been planned because of a headwind gusting more than 50km/h.

The landing ramp protected the last three of the SUVs in the line, though Knievel easily cleared the vehicles and avoided crashing even after hitting the ramp off-centre.

“I just hung on because it was just straight up and down, the wind right in my face. It was a little spooky,” Knievel said. “But thanks God. Again!”

The 46-year-old Knievel, who has made more than 250 jumps since he was nine years old, had said this would probably be his last jump in Texas.

“I love you Texas, bye bye,” Knievel said after the jump.


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