Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Knievel's Snake River Jump Revisited

Posted By on Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Four decades after history's most famous stuntman Evel Knievel attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon on a rocket-powered cycle, a Utah man has plans to build and test a new so-called Skycycle, in preparation for a new attempt.

Scott Truax, a self-proclaimed producer is pitching a new reality TV series, Mech Sci, where he turns his lens on cool engineering feats. Tuesday's Times News reports that Truax is also the son of Bob Truax, the man who designed Knievel's original Skycycle. That rocket failed in 1974 because a parachute deployed prematurely, according to Truax.

Truax said he has worked with Robbie Knievel, the late daredevil's son, to recreate the jump. Robbie Knievel dropped out of the project, but Truax said he's trying to get other stunt devils interested.

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