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By Joey Martin

Jerome County, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Back in 1974, Evel Knievel attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon on a rocket cycle… and fell short.

But now a local man with ties to that original jump is on his way to fulfilling Knievel’s dream… and the dream of his father.

Scott Truax's father, Bob Truax, was the mastermind behind the rocket and ramp for the 1974 Knievel jump.

And now, 40 years later, he's making good on his father’s dream.

"This is our opportunity, what were calling 'cure history;' it's sort of like getting half way up Mount Everest and then saying, ‘Naw, that's good enough,’" says Scott Truax.

Years of planning and in only two days, the 88 foot tall, 100 foot long ramp has finally been completed.

For project leader Scott Truax, the whole thing is a dream come true.

And a dream he thinks his dad would be proud of.

"I think my dad would be proud of the fit, form and finish of our rocket versus the original. The biggest thing is we have the knowledge of what went wrong and what went right to build off of. So it's been... it almost feels like cheating sometimes," Truax explains.

His father Bob Truax was the lead designer of the 1974 rocket and ramp.

And now 40 years later, the spirit of the overall jump might be the same.

But thanks to technology, the rocket has much more power.

"The rocket goes zero to almost 400 miles per hour in under 5 seconds. It will reach an altitude of almost 3,000 feet. I think there was a reason Knievel didn't do it a second time... it's a hell of a ride," Truax says.

As for when the jump is going to take place... that's still up in the air.

"We don't know yet. What we're doing is we're looking to have a broadcast partner. And many people have heard that FOX decided to pass. But I think once everybody sees that we’re turn key... ready to go, then it's just a matter of getting a broadcast partner. And if no one is interested, quite frankly... we're going to go anyways," Truax explains.

Now with the ramp already complete, it's only a matter of time before the ignition switch is flipped.

"How many people get to fulfill the dreams of their heroes? And that's kind of what we're doing... I get to fulfill my dad's dream and he gets to fulfill Evel Knievel’s dream. So it's pretty cool," Truax says.

He says that they have already built three rockets for this attempt.

Over the next month or so, they will be testing them out and hoping to make the official jump very soon.


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