Monday, February 10, 2014

Today in motorcycle history, February 10, 1966



   Evel Knievel and His Motorcycle Daredevils come to a nut-busting end.

  The debut of Evel Knievel and His Motorcycle Daredevils was on January 23, 1966, at the National Date Festival in Indio, California.  The second booking was supposed to be in Hemet, California, but was canceled due to a torrential downpour.  The third, and final, performance of Evel and His Motorcycle Daredevils was on February 10, 1966 in Barstow, California. 

  During the performance, Knievel attempted a new stunt where he would jump, spread eagle, over a speeding motorcycle.  Evel jumped too late and the bike hit him right in the groin, tossing him fifteen feet into the air.   He would spend nearly a month in the hospital as a result of his injuries.

  "I was sprained from the bottom of my feet to my waist."

   His "Daredevils" all quit the daredeviling act due to Evel being unable to work.

   When released, he returned to Barstow to finish the performance.  As a lone daredevil.