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Knievel son vaults 24 delivery vans

May 25, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Robbie "Kaptain" Knievel, son of the late daredevil Evel Knievel, successfully jumped over 24 delivery trucks at the site of one of his father's most famous stunts.

Knievel, 46, had said he would need to be going 95 mph at takeoff for the 200-foot jump, which began from a three-story-tall ramp and was completed amid wild cheers, explosions and shooting flames at Kings Island amusement park near Cincinnati.

After touching down at the tip of the landing ramp, Knievel gave the crowd a thumbs-up and popped a wheelie.

Evel Knievel jumped 115 feet over 14 buses at Kings Island in 1975 in an event that was watched by more than half of the nation's television viewers. He died last year at age 69.

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