Tuesday, May 6, 2014

'Big' Ed Beckley May Launch Snake River Jump Closer to Twin Falls

Posted By on Tue, May 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM

"Big" Ed Beckley (left) with his Boise attorney, Jon Simmons (right), went before the city of Twin Falls to argue for Beckley's right to jump the Snake River Canyon on a specially designed rocket bike. - GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
  • "Big" Ed Beckley (left) with his Boise attorney, Jon Simmons (right), went before the city of Twin Falls to argue for Beckley's right to jump the Snake River Canyon on a specially designed rocket bike.


'Big' Ed Beckley
, the daredevil motorcyclist planning to follow in Evel Knievel's vapor trails by launching himself across the Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls, told Boise Weekly in November 2013, "My hands are going to be on a set of handlebars on Sept. 7, 2014. We're jumping that sucker." But in February, the Twin Falls City Council voted 4-3 not to allow Beckley to make the jump.

Bad news hasn't stopped Beckley. In spite of being turned down by city officials, Beckley is planning on moving ahead with the jump, just from a different location—one closer to the city than Beckley's team had originally planned.

According to the Times-News, Beckley and Twin Falls County Sheriff Tom Carter, in addition to a group of executives, toured a parcel of county land near Pole Line Road and Eastland Drive about a week ago. There, Beckley told Carter the parcel would be his new launch site.

The new site is southwest of Knievel's dirt ramp, nearer to city homes and businesses. It's also 950 feet farther from the edge of the Snake River Canyon.

The Times News reports that Beckley confirmed that the parcel would be his new launch site Monday.

City Councilman Shawn Barigar said Beckley's move was frustrating.

"Everybody, from what we continue to hear in the media, which is the only place we seem to hear any information about this, is that it is happening and here we go," he said.

Meanwhile, infighting continues among members of another team hoping to make a Snake River jump later this year, as an investor in Omega Point Productions, Scott Record, has accused team members of blackmail and theft. 
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