A major cornerstone of this "traveling exhibit" is a fully restored 1974 Mack FS786LST model known as “Big Red” that Knievel used as his show truck. The Mack FS cabover, complete with red, white and blue interior to match Knievel’s Americana theme, as well as a custom-built dressing room that sits on the truck’s frame rails, was discovered in a yard in Clearwater, FL, before being brought to Topeka for restoration
Along with the Mack FS model, the traveling exhibit features Knievel’s leathers, motorcycles, helmets, medical X-rays, casts and thousands of other items
A Mack Pinnacle 70-inch high-rise sleeper will transport the Mack FS model as the exhibit makes its way to various stops across the country. A Mack Pinnacle DayCab will haul all of the memorabilia collected by McKay, who began his quest to create an exhibit dedicated to Evel Knievel about three years ago
Born October 17, 1938, Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps between 1965 and 1980. He suffered more than 433 bone fractures during his career, thereby earning an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the survivor of "most bones broken in a lifetime." Kievel died of pulmonary disease back in 2007 in Clearwater, FL, at age 69.
A chart listing just some of the 433 bones Knievel broke during his daredevil career.
One of Knievel's leather suits; part of McKay's collection that will be be touring the U.S.
Knievel once jumped 13 Mack trucks lined up side-by-side during the 1974 Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, Ontario.
One of Knievel's many motorcycle helmets.
This new mobile Knievel exhibit next travels to Evel Knievel Days, July 23-25 in Butte, Montana, Knievel’s birthplace, before visiting the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Aug. 3-9 in Sturgis, South Dakota.