The day one man made the decision to jump 13 buses, even though he was pretty sure he’d never make it.

Womaniser, drunk and massively popular, Evel Knievel was an enigma.

Whatever you may think, the man had a set of nuts as big as your head.

The scene was London’s Wembley Stadium. The date May 25, 1975. Knievel was attempting to jump 13 buses.

Ever the showman, he had the crowd jumping out of its skin as he set off…

All seemed normal as Knievel blasted down the 140-foot ramp at 145km/h, soaring four metres into the air, and miraculously clearing the 13th and lucky-last bus.

But then he had to put the aging Harley back on the deck. Oh dear.

The rudimentary suspension was never going to damp in the manner that would have kept the bike stable and poor old Evel was centre punched into the concrete (clever that, having concrete on the landing).

Rolling and flying for 45 metres the limp daredevil finally stopped, and the bike gave him a big whack just to top things off.

Knievel lay motionless with a broken hand, a re-injury of his pelvis, and a compression fracture of a vertebra.
A stretcher was called for him. He was having none of that, insisting on leaving the arena on foot.

Knievel then demanded the microphone, and dramatically announced to the crowd that they would be “the last people in the world who will ever see me jump. I will never, ever, ever, ever jump again. I am through.”

Organisers pleaded with Knievel to use the stretcher, Knievel refused again, insisting, “I walked in, I want to walk out!”

Bravo Evel. As The Seekers pointed out, we know we’ll never find another you.

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Colin Moody
Colin Moody
4 years ago

I was lucky enough to be there on the day. Kind of a motorcycling moment in history (for me anyway). He had a few dummy run ups prior to the jump. The start of the ramp was high up in the grandstand and I was close enough to bang off a few close ups of the great man as he sat atop contemplating his fate. They are in tranny and I still have them.

Dave Wilcox
Dave Wilcox
Reply to  Colin Moody
3 years ago

Colin, I was there on the day too, what an awesome show. I would so love to see your pictures. It would be great to see some new one’s after all these years, any chance of that ?

Colin Moody
Colin Moody
Reply to  Dave Wilcox
3 years ago

Coincidence Dave. I talked to a place today who can scan the images and put them onto a usb stick for me . That will happen in the next month or so and then I will try and get someone who knows what they are doing to up load.

Colin Moody
Colin Moody
Reply to  Colin Moody
3 years ago

Dave Wilcox I have recently had my Evil trannys put on a memory stick. Do you have an email address.