Monday, July 2, 2018

Evel Knievel Museum



Color Kansas lucky, because the Evel Knievel Museum is at the historic Harley Davidson location in Topeka.
The Evel Knievel Museum in Topeka has numerous attractions.
A few of them pictured on this page include a truck named "Big
Red" that hauled all his motorcycles across the country, lots
of memorabilia and a interactive game where riders
can experience a jump.
For many, Evel Knievel was Batman, Superman and Captain America all rolled up into one. The 13,000 square-foot museum explores Knievel’s early days of jumping over a box of rattlesnakes until his retirement after approximately 175 jumps on physics-defying motorcycles that turned him into a legend.
The museum showcases a massive collection of authentic artifacts that belonged to Evel Knievel. Toys, action figures and other licensed products are also part of the exhibit.

One of the biggest attractions is the 1974 Mack Truck and Trailer, dubbed “Big Red,” which was famous for hauling Knievel and his motorcycles around the country and is one of the big reasons why the museum exists.
Lathan Mckay, former professional skateboarder, actor and an avid Evel Knievel enthusiast, reached out the crew at Harley Davidson to restore “Big Red,” which was left at an abandoned junk yard in Clearwater, Fla., and had seen better days. Upon its restoration, they decided to build a museum around the luxury vehicle.

Visitors to the museum can see the Skycycle X-2, which is a rocket with wheels that Knievel attempted to jump across Snake River Canyon in.  They can also interact with areas of the museum by trying out the museum’s Plan a Jump interactive wall game. There is also a virtual reality simulation where visitors can experience a jump through their own eyes while riding a motorcycle. A scene that was filmed on location in Topeka with the help of Doug Danger, who rode a vintage bike and a helmet that gives the viewer a 360-degree view of the jump as it happens.
The Evel Knievel Museum opened last year and so far, Evel Knievel enthusiasts from 37 different countries have visited. More than 54 percent of the visitors who enter are from outside Kansas.
Recently, the Evel Knievel Museum was an answer on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and it has been featured on USA Today’s Top New Attractions in 2017.
Through Labor Day, the museum will be open Tuesdays through Sundays.
For more information check out www.evelknievelmuseum.com.





 

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