Drogue Chute Hatch from Evel Knievel's X-2 SkyCycle For Sale
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Drogue Chute Hatch from Evel Knievel's X-2 SkyCycle:
Up for sale Go visit at the Evel Knievel Thrill Show Museum On on Display
In 1974, daredevil Evel Knievel performed a jump over the Snake River Canyon in Idaho. The vehicle he used for this jump was called the X2 Skycycle, a revolutionary vehicle that can best be described as a ‘rocket-cycle.' Designed and manufactured by Bob Truax.
Tragedy struck for the vehicle when the jump didn’t go as expected. The parachute deployed before the rocket left the launch ramp,causing the rocket to go straight up and then plummeted straight down into the canon. As a result, Knievel was recovered from the crash without any significant injuries.
Spectators, worried about Knievel, rushed to the launch area, breaking down the chain link fence that had previously served as a barrier. As the riot ensued, one person decided not to follow the crowd, his focus was on something else. The drogue chute hatch that had separated from the vehicle. He went to retrieve it, going completely unnoticed by everyone in the area.
Thirty six years later, Scott Truax, son of the rocket’s designer, determined that the drogue chute hatch was indeed from the X-2 Sky-Cycle. He signed a letter of authenticity to verify this fact. Additionally, he also confirmed that it was the failed hatch that caused the rocket to malfunction. This is important, because previously people believed the jump failed because of electrical problems. Even Knievel didn’t know the truth.
Now, thanks to a friend of that spectator, the drogue chute hatch is now availableThis should be good news to Knievel fans, collectors or anyone else that would like to own a piece of American pop culture history.
Soon to be released, the episode of Scott Truax's new movie on the RETURN TO THE SNAKERIVER. Scott also had an opportunity to sign a notarized certificate of authenticity stating that not only was the piece the actual cause of the crash but that it is the genuine, the real deal, a piece of the X-2 SkyCycle which Evel Knievel attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon with.
Watch the interviewwith Bob Trax's and Jules Bergman of Wide World of sports.
explainingwhat happened at the launch and the cause with the Drogue Chute hatch .
The drogue chute hatch cover can be seen at the Evel Knievel Thrill Show Museum 2047 SW Topeka Blvd,Topeka KS.
When the time is right. We will post updates on this as soon as they come in.