Evel Knievel Thrill Show & Museum
COMING IN 2017
Get ready to explore the world's largest collection of Evel Knievel's authentic performance leathers, jump bikes and memorabilia at Historic Harley-Davidson of Topeka, 2047 SW Topeka Blvd.
In 2017, The Evel Knievel Thrill Show and Museum, as well as an expanded Harley-Davidson showroom, will open in a 16,000 square-foot expansion at Topeka's own Historic Harley-Davidson.
Don't worry, Yesterday's Motorcycle Museum isn't going anywhere.
In addition to a large number of artifacts, the Evel Knievel Thrill Show and Museum will feature experiential exhibits focused on the physics of jumps to virtual reality jump experiences.
Among Evel's possessions on view:
Several, original performance leathers and helmets - including the helmet Knievel wore on May 26, 1975, when he crashed while trying to land a jump over 13 London buses at the Wembley Stadium in London;
Many of Knievel's jump motorcycles - including his first Harley Davidson: A 1970 XR750 Ironhead, which would become his preferred model, and the Laverda American Eagle;
A larger-than-life bronze and copper statue; and
Parachutes, pinball games, fan letters, photographs, X-Rays and more never-before-seen memorabilia (Fun Evel Knievel fact: He holds the Guinness World Record for surviving the most broken bones in a lifetime at 433).
In his 11-year motorcycle-jumping career in the 1960s and '70s, Knievel attempted more than 75 jumps, becoming just as famous for the stunts he landed as those he didn't. Knievel, born Robert Craig Knievel, died in 2007 at the age of 69 from pulmonary fibrosis.
People are talking about the Evel Knievel Museum
Why Topeka? Joie Chitwood - From the Topeka Capital-Journal
Evel Knievel Museum in Topeka to show virtual jumps, physics - From the Associated Press
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