Robbie Knievel, the son of daredevil Evel Knievel who has followed in his late father’s footsteps, will be in Twin Falls on Monday to propose jumping the Snake River Canyon.
The jump would tentatively take place on the Fourth of July weekend in 2011, according to Knievel spokesman Jeff Lowe.
It would come about three years shy of the 40th anniversary of Evel Knievel’s failed 1974 attempt to jump the canyon on what was basically a large rocket.
Robbie Knievel will make his pitch for the jump Monday afternoon at a private meeting organized with the help of the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.
Shawn Barigar, the chamber’s president and CEO, said he was approached by Knievel’s representatives a few weeks ago about the idea. The meeting will give the daredevil a chance to share his thoughts and hear feedback from local officials, Barigar said.
Lowe said a wide range of local government and business interests have been invited, though it wasn’t clear this week how many plan to attend. The meeting is definitely on the calendar of the city of Twin Falls, which has worked to acquire the Knievel jump site. Officials there will wait to hear Robbie Knievel’s proposal before sharing any thoughts on the idea, spokeswoman Julie Pence said Friday.
A camera crew shooting a reality TV show about Robbie Knievel will also stop in town this weekend, Lowe said.
Many have talked off and on over the years about another jump attempt — in 1994, two Los Angeles disc jockeys even pitched strapping a statue from a restaurant chain to a rocket and sending it over the rim. In 2008, Daniel LaBelle, president of Chicago-based Rocket Man Productions Inc., announced tentative plans for a stunt competition, the winner of which would get to jump the canyon.
The younger Knievel visited the Magic Valley several times in the 1990s, seeking permission to repeat his father’s stunt while making it clear he could wait for the right time.
“I want to make sure everybody is happy about it first,” he told the Times-News during a 1993 stop in Twin Falls.
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