Museum honoring daredevil Evel Knievel opens in Kansas
A new Kansas museum is giving enthusiasts of late motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel a jump on appreciating his death-defying, bone-breaking exploits.
The $5-million, 13,000-square-foot homage to the man famous for rocket-powered and motorbike stunts before his 2007 death has opened in Topeka.
As president of the two-story museum attached to his Harley-Davidson dealership, Mike Patterson says Knievel memorabilia includes his motorcycles, leathers and helmets. There also are a virtual reality motorcycle jump, an interactive showing Knievel's actual X-rays, and an exhibit in which visitors choose their own variables in planning a virtual jump.
Knievel's Kansas ties include that he traced his career choice to the time he saw George ``Joie'' Chitwood's Auto Daredevil Show at age 8. Chitwood, who died in 1988, got his racing start in Kansas.