Hollywood stuntman to attempt Evel Knievel’s incredible Snake River Canyon jump

Evel Knievel before his attempt to jump a canyon on his X-2 Skycycle on September 8, 1974.

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Stuntman Eddie Braun has secured the funding, the permits and the team. Now all that’s left to do is complete a launch across the Snake River Canyon that swallowed his idol in 1974.

Legendary stuntman Evel Knievel attempted scores of insane motorcycle jumps in his career (and fractured hundreds of bones), among the most well-known his 1974 attempt to jump across the Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho, aboard a steam-powered rocket dubbed the X-2 Skycycle. 

Knievel — who died in 2007 at age 69 after battling diabetes and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis — inspired boldness in many admirers, perhaps to the chagrin of parents and to the financial benefit of adhesive bandage makers. Among Knievel’s fans was Braun, now age 54, a stuntman who’s performed on The Avengers, Transformers and on many other films and TV shows. Now Braun wants to finish what Knievel started aboard the rocket "Evel Spirit" that’s almost the same as what Knievel used back then.

Braun with the rocket the "Evel Spirit."

Braun’s jump is set for September 17 only a few miles from the original jump site and will be live-streamed on the Internet.

Braun also has some familiar faces along for the ride: Knievel’s son Kelly, who witessed the original jump, as well as Scott Truax, son of the X-2 Skycycle’s designer. Had Knievel’s parachute not deployed too early, the team believes Knievel would have made it.  

Check out Knievel’s attempt in 1974:

Kelly Knievel (L) and Eddie Braun (R).