A United States stuntman with the unlikely name of Evel Knievel could have six million dollars (GBP 2,500,000) to spend next month, or be dead.
GV Knievel driving past on motorbike.
GV Knievel drives up onto ramp.
GV PAN Crowd.
CU Knievel drives off.
GV Knievel makes jump.
GV Knievel driping around waving to crowd.
SV Knievel walks to microphone.
CU Knievel speaking.
With some threats....an added emphasis on what could be termed his showman's manner of setting up the crowd, he made a few passes checking his bike and then he made a first run - to check the ramp, he said. Then came the big moment. (Crowd applause). After his triumphant run in front of a roaring grandstand he took to the microphone again.
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Background: A United States stuntman with the unlikely name of Evel Knievel could have six million dollars (GBP 2,500,000) to spend next month, or be dead.
All he has to do is pilot a steam-powered machine called a Sky Cycle on a 1,600 feet (500 metres) leap of Idaho's Snake River Canyon.
Knievel has already banked the six million dollars he was guaranteed for the death-defying attempt on September 8. Whether he will get to spend it is another question.
He has been warming up for the jump with a series of minor leaps during tour of North America and Canada. He drove a somewhat conventional motorbike during a jump between two ramps in Toronto, Canada on Tuesday (20 August).
But next month he will be relying upon a vehicle that resembles a minature jet fighter without wings to propel him across the canyon. To cross it, Knievel will speed up a 108-feet (34 metres) - long ramp with an elevation of 40 degrees. With 5,000 pounds of thrust under him, he then hopes to arc across the canyon at 350 miles per hour (560 kilometers per hour).
SYNOPSIS: A stunt motorcycle rider with the unlikely name of Evel Knievel is planning a six million dollar leap across Idaho's Snake River Canyon on a Sky Cycle.
Knievel, who will pilot a steam-powered machine that looks more like a missile for next month's attempt on the mile long leap has been loosening up by jumping a motorbike over ramps in toronto, Canada.