Thursday, August 27, 2015

Today in motorcycle history, August 27, 1968



  That All-American motorcycle daredevil, Evel Knievel, has his plans to jump the Grand Canyon denied by that All-American Secretary of the Interior, Stewart Udall. 

  "To perform this feat, it will require the building of an access road and ramp on the very rim of the canyon.These encroachments in the park appear to be quite unjustified."

   Outraged, Evel's Fan Club Prez makes his opinion heard (read, actually).

  "On August 27, 1968, a UPI release reported that permission had been denied for the long awaited vault of the Grand Canyon by one Evel Knievel astride a motorcycle.

  Along with many others, I am disconsolate that we should be denied the type of diversion so pacific to rioting in the streets, general unrest and political chaos.

  It is shocking that we have come to a point that "The Impossible Dream" of one man must be shattered by the custodians of the Abyss of Bliss in Northern Arizona without just cause being stated or any right to appeal being offered."

  C. Jones
  Evel Knievel Booster Club Chairman
  Scottsdale, Arizona.

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