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True Evel Tour at Ace! 12/11/2010



Launches at Ace Cafe London

Friday 3rd December 2010 at 7pm

 Evel Knievel was the original daredevil, who defied the odds, thrilled audiences and was an inspiration to millions of people the world over. Now - for the first time - Evel's original motorcycles, famous jump leathers, personal memorabilia, and untold photos and stories are being exhibited on a world tour for everyone to see and marvel at the wonder of his death defying achievements.

 To announce the launch of the True Evel Tour, Knievel’s eldest son, Kelly, will be attending Ace Cafe London at 7pm on Friday 3rd December. Kelly commented, “My dad was an inspiration to millions of people and it is my honour to share some of his most treasured possessions and stories with his fans and kids around the world.

 Kelly’s one-off talk at the Ace, ‘Untold Stories about Evel Knievel An Evening with Kelly Knievel’ will be a fascinating insight to what it was like to have Evel as your dad. The evening will be hosted by motorbike enthusiast and ex-Top Gear presenter Steve Berry.

 When Evel Knievel died in 2007, his career had spanned over 25 years. Evel’s first jump was in 1966 at the National Date Festival in Indio, California. From that point onwards, Knievel’s stunts became more ambitious and more dangerous. Some of his most memorable jumps include Caesars Palace (1967), Madison Square Garden (1971), Twin Falls - Snake River Canyon (1974) and of course the famous Wembley stadium jump (1975). In addition to the amazing daredevil achievements, Evel’s unique lifestyle allowed him to meet some of the most famous people from the last three decades and led to him becoming the only real life person to be turned into a comic book hero.

Evel currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most broken bomes, with 35.  Over the yearss Knievel had spent over 36 months in hospital recovering and althuogh he did not break every bone in his body  he gave it a good go!

His pain was well received.  When USA ABC'S  Wide World of Sports colleated the top twenty most watched sporting moments of all time, Evel featured five times - including the top spot.  In one of his first  jumps for ABC Wide World of Sports, Knievel successfully jumped 50 stacked cars at the Los Angeles Coliseum in front of a crowd of 35,000.  This performance lead to a world record where Evel jumped 14 Greyhound buses at King's Island amusement park in Ohio in 1975 which remains ABC Wide World of Sports highest rated show ever.

Teach your kids about good and Evel. With the throttle wide open Evel Knievel went head to head with danger and lived to tell about it. Despite failure, crashing and injury, he always rose to perform again. This unconventional attitude to do things that had never been done before is exactly what made him so famous.

 Evel Knievel is an inspiration to people – young and old – who recognise they want to be in control of their own destiny. People who want to go out and do great things. People who use drive, determination, personality and hard work to become their own legend. People inspired to become their own brand of “Generation Evel”.

 The True Evel Tour is set to inspire fans and families to “Dare to Dream” – Knievel was the daredevil who aspired to entertain and show that nothing is out of your reach. Now parents and their children will get the chance to see his famous Harley Davidson Jump Bike which crashed in a jump over a tank of sharks, the X-2 Sky Cycle from the Twin Falls, Idaho - Snake River Canyon, the Wheelie Dragster Car, and of course the instantly recognisable blue and white leather suits (with the scuffs & scars!) in the exhibit plus lots more.

 The True Evel Tour opens in the Metro Centre, Newcastle, England on Saturday 4th December and will be located at first floor near the town square for one month. After the grand opening, the “True Evel” tour will then be loaded on a specially constructed lorry to embark on its journey around the world. Countries that will host the tour to date include:

Italy -  Spain - Austria -  The United Arab Emirates - Scotland -  France - Ireland -  Hungary

Additional facts:

After a police chase in 1956 in which he crashed his motorcycle, Knievel was taken to jail on a charge of reckless driving. When the night jailer came around to check the roll, he noted Robert Knievel in one cell and William Knofel in the other. Knofel was well known as "Awful Knofel" ("awful" rhyming with "Knofel") so Knievel began to be referred to as Evel Knievel ("Evel" rhyming with "Knievel"). He chose this misspelling because of his last name and because he didn't want to be considered "evil."

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