Crowds stood in awe at the 2015 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as daredevil Doug Danger broke Evel Knievel’s 22-car jump record.
As part of The Evel Knievel Thrill Show at the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Doug Danger, planned to take on the 22-car jump at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip amphitheater. Sitting on top of Evel Knievel’s very own 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750, Doug Danger pulled off the 22-car jump that even Evel Knievel himself was unable to complete.
Four years ago Doug Danger was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and was told by doctors that he only had 3-6 months to live. Thursday, August 6th at the 2015 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Doug Danger made the announcement that he had officially “kicked cancer’s ass” and was “100% cancer free”. He then took the ride of his life, zooming past the anxious crowd, up the ramp, and over 22 cars, breaking Evel Knievel’s world record of jumping 19 cars.
Evel Knievel attempted the dangerous 22-car jump on September 1, 1972 in Monroe, Washington, but was not able to clear all 22 cars. Evel’s stunt crew had determined that his 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750 would not able to get to the speed needed to successfully land the jump and built a safety ramp over the last three cars. Despite his crew’s warnings, Evel attempted the jump and ended up crashing into the safety ramp, just barely missing the 22nd car. Luckily, Evel did not sustain any injuries from the jump thanks to his crew’s safety precautions.
Check out the video of Doug Danger’s record-breaking 22-car jump:
Video Credit: MotoUSA YouTube Channel
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