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This memory was added on: February 21, 2010

My brother and I got 2 of these Evel sets in 1974 in Plymouth Mass. I'm not sure how Mom & Dad did it but they did. It was the only toy we wanted as kids we would spread flour all down the hallway so Evel would do a burn out the entire way and leave rubber on the floor. Boy did we have fun I'm now 42 and Scott is 44 with 2 kids and a mortgage I still have my complete set and just recently found Evel I thought he was lost but I found him in an old tin lunch box. When I told my brother Scott about my find He started laughing hysterically. Saying OMG. I put him in there 30+ years ago when you broke my Stretch Armstrong ..Well Evel has been paroled from his tin prison and looks just as good as he did 36 years ago!!! . The memories. It's funny when ever I smell fresh tar I think back of the Evel Gyro bike and how we would travel far on our bikes just use him on smooth tar .Oh the smell of remembrance

Rick
1967


This memory was added on: November 26, 2008

One of the greatest toys I ever had. My twin brother and I got these for christmas in the mid 70's. We would race them down a hallway. My brother could never get his to work right. It would rev up a little and fall over on it's side. My brother would get so frustrated. 35 years later, it's still a family joke.

Steve G
1968


This memory was added on: September 27, 2008

Hello!

I would like to suggest a toy that I absolutely loved! Evel Knievel Sky Cycle that is.

The year I was 9 during Christmas 1975, I received Evel Knievel and the rocket style cycle and blasted it across the living room floor. The rubber nose of the rocket made black marks on the wall where it would hit after landing. My parents was not pleased at all plus the gyro noise it made before launching. Nonetheless, I got the motorcycle and the camper afterwards. The best Christmas of the mid 1970's! My sister getting her Baby Thataway doll and me with Evel Knievel.


David
1966

For now, I'm just going to keep the Sky Cycle memories in with the regular Evel Knievel toy memories. Thanks!
- the editor



(Your humble website owner on Christmas morning, 1975,
having just discovered he's the proud new owner of an
Evel Knievel dragster.)
Evel Knievel dragster



This memory was added on: December 1, 2007

Hey, don't forget about us girls who had this toy! I loved it!!! I used to race it from our living room to the kitchen. Then I would yell, "Hey, Mom, he broke every bone in his body!" To this day, I tell everyone this was one of my favorite toys! Wish they made toys like this today. Really kept my attention. We will miss you, Mr. Knievel! Love your toys!


Lisa
North Carolina
41


This memory was added on: October 14, 2007

My memory...

My brother and I had the Stunt Cycle and later got the Formula 1 Dragster from a Chinese auction at our church. It had a parachute that was supposed to deploy out the back end, but it never seemed to work for us. We didn't mind. Crashing it (and the Stunt Cycle) against the garage door was much more fun. Obviously, they didn't survive our childhood.



Rob
42


This memory was added on: September 11, 2007

My cousin jeff had the evel knievel stunt cycle and we sould crank that sucker up and race it down the looooong hallway to his parents room. they had plastic covering on the carpet so it made an awesome sound. kids today have nothing close to this kind of fun!

Lori Dennis


This memory was added on: June 6, 2007

This was an awesome toy! My knuckles are still scarred from scraping them on the sidewalk while cranking this thing up.


phil
1966


This memory was added on: May 18,2007

Well I will have to say that the Evel Knievel stunt set was by far the greatest toy I have ever owned. I had the scramble van, the sky cycle and 3 dolls and 3 motorcycles. Evel beat out all my GI Joes and match box cars. I remember back when I was 5 years old and living in Ft Walton Beach Florida. I was playing with my Evel Knievel and having him jump a ramp in our front hall way of our condo, and having the front door as my stop ( hay bales ). Well after many successful jumps, I was winding him up for one last jump. Off he goes and at that very moment, my father came in and opened the front door and Evel flew right out the door and fell 4 stories to the parking lot below. Well I was in tears:( I ran down to see if he was alright and saw that he survived another feat with death and would go to jump another day. I forgot to mention , that the bike did not make the crash!! On a happier note, I am awaiting my arrival of my re released Evel Knievel stunt cycle set.


Tom
1968


This memory was added on: May 13,2007

WOW i was just searching thru and i seen this i was amazed why you may ask. I Still have one of these in the box hes a little used but my grandmother had kept it in her basement. i used to jump anything and everything but i was only there a few times a year. one day as i am almost 40 now she says here take this home. and it was Evil Knievel I was like wow i even wet home and showed my kids and then put it up


Brian lowhorn
1968


This memory was added on: May 6, 2007

I remember this one. I did not get the van though. As I recall, I traded some of my dad's foreign currency for it from a neighborhood kid. boy did i get into trouble. i later got the chopper and a car that flew apart when it hit a wall. I even had the E.K. lunchbox. Now look at all the remote control stuff to play with. there is alot more detail on todays toys, but they are made cheaply.


Don H.
1969


This memory was added on: April 12, 2007

My brother had Evel and I had Derry Daring to compete with him. Oh, the callouses and blisters from cranking these things up! They worked great though, unlike the crapola my son has today, like Hot Wheels track sets that fall apart if you breathe on them. They definitely don't make toys like they used to. To the other poster - I remember Smash Up Derby cars, too. I wonder if kids today could have half as much fun as we did in those crummy rowhouse basements and back alleys...without video games, my guess is "no"!


Trish
1966


This memory was added on: April 9, 2007

The Evel Knievel stunt bike was the one to# have.. I wanted one since the spoilt\kid on the block got one and showed it off in the street.12 months after it came out my mum came back with one from a jumble sale ! It was a bit worn and scratched , it had obviously been over a few test ramps and into a wall or two. I cherished the bikr and almoist wore it out, but its end came rather abruptly after I wound it up to foll speed and the tapped the spinning back wheel on my best mates head ( seemed like a great thing to do as a nine year old!). Well the effect was immediate. My mate BOB was almost scalped as reams of his 1970's style hair cut were dragged into the mechanism causing it to suffer an irrepairable breakdown. Not able to remove the bike from my bleeding and screaming mate , he ran home wherE his mother completed the job and gave him a bald spot 30 years too soon. I never saw the bike again, she kept it as a punishment, all the time trying to convince me she had to tear it apart to free her son. The moral being ... If the manufacturer did want young boys scalping by this feindish toy, THEY SHOULD HAVE SAID SO ON THE BOX !


Mik
1967


This memory was added on: April 7, 2007

I had this when I was a kid. Absolutely loved it! Im not sure what happened to the cycle, I had it for years. But I do remember what happened to the Evil Knievel man... My sister and I were across the street at a friends house and were playing outside. For whatever reason I threw Evil Knievel in the air. Ill swear to this day that that thing never came down! It only went maybe 15ft up and there were four of us all a few feet apart and all had different viewing angles. It didnt get stuck in a tree, it didnt land on a roof, the grass wasnt high so something would get lost in it and no one caught it. It just vanished. My sister and I are 35 and 37 now and will both swear to it to this day LOL Other strange things happened at that house so its untelling where it went.


Gary
1971


This memory was added on: April 5, 2007

I had one but used... I did break my nose however trying to jump my banana seat Schwinn Stingray while pretending to be Evel Knievel. I still remember it to this day, I was doing a "play-by-play" of the action... it went something like this... "Evel Knievel is about to jump over 50 logs! (why I said logs I'll never know) and here he goes fans..." I flew off the bike and the first thing to hit the sidewalk was my nose. Blood, Crying, Etc. Etc.





This memory was added on: March 28, 2007

Evel Knievel was THE best toy of the 70's, even in Ireland. I had the Stunt Cycle, the Dragster and the Chopper. Both my buddy and I used to jump everything from Action Man tanks to armchairs. I think he ended up being buried in the back garden somewhere. The cycle just kept going and going, even after many pieces fell/broke off it.

I have just recently found out about the re-release Stunt Cycle and will be putting in an order very soon. They're not available in Ireland so I have to order from the UK. But, just a small while back my same buddy and I were talking and reminiscing about Evel and that set me thinking.

It's his 40th birthday soon so I trawled the net and found on a collectibles website in the States an original 1973 Stunt Cycle unused, complete with original Evel figure, charger, instruction sheet, box and the original decal sheet with the decals still on it, in other words they're not applied to the bike. So my inner child took over and I spent the $350 and bought it. It arrived in the post yesterday andd it has brought me right back. Absolutely amazing to be holding such a huge part of history and a huge part of my childhood. Unfortunately I cannot play with it as I will be presenting it to my buddy for his 40th Birthday next month. I cannot wait to see his face!!


Jason
1970


This memory was added on: March 14, 2007

This is, in my humble opinion, the greatest toy ever made. I put my Evel Knievel doll, er...action figure, through more dangerous and death defying stunts that the actual Evel Knievel could have survived in 10 lifetimes. Like everyone else, I too suffered more than my share of bruised knuckles trying to achieve scale speeds of Mach 1!! I would love to see Capt. Robby Knievel market a toy. I would have my 42 year old butt right out in my driveway jumping it over model cars!! Screw radio control rides, long live the Evel Knievel stunt cycle!!!!


Ron
1964


This memory was added on: March 14, 2007

I didn't have one, but my buddy next door did. One day we were in his driveway crashing Evil into things and we decided that it would be cool to send Evil out in the street in front of a car. He lost Evil and got grounded - the car did miss evil but the driver rang the doorbell and told on us - we were, of course, by then long gone...


Reid
1966


This memory was added on: March 13, 2007

I remember jumping stuff inside the house and getting spanked for it! I also remember scraping my knuckles on the concrete trying to spin it as fast as I could.




Jay Stevens
1968


This memory was added on: March 12, 2007

I remeber jumping Evil over 20 cases of beer at my friends house and then flipping and smashing through the bottom window of his mothers china cabinet. Toughest toy EVER!


Dave
1967




This memory was added on: March 8, 2007

i had the evel knievel "canyon set" it was a stunt cycle launcher with a green plastic canyon which you piled plastic boulders in. it had plastic skulls which fit into the canyon walls. it also had a monster, like a "yeti" snow man that came with it. i'm 35 now, so i'm guessing this was about 1975-76. anyone else have this set?


brian
1972


This memory was added on: March 3, 2007

It was my favorite toy. I want to get the new one to give my son. Evel was a very respectable idol for kids.


Kevin St.Louis
1971


This memory was added on: March 2, 2007

My father worked for the FDA and would often bring work home. Once he had a hand-held copier! It was complicated as I recall but there was a pink sheet of something or other you put on the original then the whatever whatever and you had a black and white copy of the original. The reason I bring this up is that Dad let me copy the page from the Sears catalog with the Evel Knievel stunt cycle and "Scramble" Van. I wanted it so bad that not only did I pray to God but like Ralphie I went straight to the big guy himself, Santa. See, this copy from the catalog would leave no doubt with SC as to exactly what I wanted. I would pull that picture out and look at it every day.

Christmas morning was magical as all Santa's gifts were not wrapped and there it was! Not only the stunt cycle, but the van as well. The van had a ramp that hooked on the back and Evel could jump the van. But the real Evel had a landing ramp so I had to make one out of plywood. Also my Evel had a red jumpsuit on instead of the white with the V. But no matter.

The only flat hard surface for my stunt spectacular was the front sidewalk, as we had a gravel driveway. I remember marking with a piece of gravel the distances Evel jumped. I also would turn the crank so hard that my hand would slip and I'd scrape my knuckles on the concrete.

I think about it and I still smile to this day. The greatest toy I ever had.


Ron
1964


This memory was added on: March 1, 2007

Ya I had one as a kid, we jump everthing we could then we jump our bikes ,like over old furniture that was in the garage. I broke both my arms landing my front tire dead in the middle of the autaman sending me to my face. Ya that was the good old days of good clean fun.


Gary
1964


This memory was added on: February 24, 2007

I think it was 1974 when mom got me the stunt set. I remember all the kids in the neighborhood having one, at the time i didn't know my parents didn't have the money to buy me one, but some how mom made it happen. The thrills and excitment i had winding it up, making it jump the ramps i made out of books, boards, anything i could think of. The best toy a kid could ever have, i loved it.As i got older ,real motorcycles took its place with broken bones and road rash. Almost 40 now and the memories will stay with me forever along with the arthritis.


jimmy
1967


This memory was added on: February 19, 2007

I had just found a link on the net to an Evel Knievel Game, it was broken, so I thought I would do a google search for the game. That is when I found this page, with the memories of may young boys shamelessly displayed before all the world.

My Eyes welled, the tears were unstoppable as I read the words that invoked the feelings of yesteryear.

I can not recall the stunts, the lengths or the heights that this toy acheived. I can not recall the distance or speed that this toy attained.

However, with great joy, I recall the winding of the gears, the skipping of the gears as far more power was asserted on them than was ever intended. I recall the ache in my shoulder as hour after hour was spent cranking and cranking and launching wheelie after wheelie into the record books. I recall the backflips in mid-air after a impossible ramp had been built in the hall of our home.

Yes, these memories are some of the best that I have had in many years, Thank you all for sharing yours.

Live Long Evel, The King of Stunt Cycling.


SteveIdahousa
1970


This memory was added on: February 17, 2007

I remumber just playing with the toy in our house in Paden oklahome.


Kevin
1965


This memory was added on: February 17, 2007

This was of course my favorite toy, I had the cycle,van,dragster and rocket. I just recieved the new version and was pleased with the looks it really took me back, but after playing with it was very unhappy with the performance. It is alot louder, not as fast and doesnt do the stunts it use to do. It does look good though.


joe
1965


This memory was added on: February 16, 2007

As a child (which I vow to remain so at heart), I adored Evel Knievel... pretending to be him, stunt riding on my Huffy, and creating an ever endless collection of pencil drawings during school. Of course I had the Evel Knievel lunch box (ahhh that smell!) but, the Stunt Cycle and the Stunt Van? I actually remember praying to Jesus for these! Well, I'm here to let you know that there is indeed a God, because on Christmas morning, the "Red Rider, Dual Action, Carbon Firing BB Gun" of our generation, showed up sure as thunder under our tree upon my 5AM wake up!! And even though his first jump, off of a well-engineered 2" green vinyl binder ramp from the top of our orange shag carpeted staircase, exposed our action hero Evel to be mortal (and his plastic handlebars of the Stunt Cycle to be as fragile as peanut brittle at the North Pole), I loved every minute of it (the sky cycle stunt rocket proved to be much more durable by the way).

The memories of this greatest toy (my "rosebud") linger with me to this day, but it is the ever present love and warmth of my parents that I am reminded of when I channel back on technicolor clear memories of the Stunt Cycle of 30 years ago.

Thanks Evel, even though you are the badest ass SOB of the bad asses, you had an amazingly positive affect on countless boys and girls of our generation!


Danny S.
1966


This memory was added on: January 26, 2007

I destroyed my brothers Evel Knievel in the late '70's and I have still not lived it down!! We were on vacation and riding in the back of a pick up truck. My brothers decided to play keep away from me, and being the little pest of a sister, I just wanted to "look" at it. Eventually I caught it. However, them being a few years old (and bigger) than me, I knew I was in trouble. I paniced and threw it out the back window of the truck. Only to see it go down a storm drain.

My oldest brother is turning 40 soon, and I decided its time to replace his favorite toy. You can find a close re-make of this toy on e-bay for around $20 bucks.


K
1970


This memory was added on: January 26, 2007

I had the Evel Knievel and I used to make him do these crazy jumps. One time I climbed onto the roof of our two story house when I was about 12 years old. I cranked him up and had him go up the top and jump the other side. He landed and he was still going. He rocked!!!


Dana
1966


This memory was added on: January 25, 2007

My brother had Evel knievel and I had Derry Daring. She was the girl version in a pink jumpsuit. We used to set up ramps and crash them into eachother. Eventually my brother's Evel busted the handlebars, but amazingly, it still worked. GREAT TOY!!!


Patty
1966


This memory was added on: January 21, 2007

I can't beleive the stuff we find when we clean. We cleaned out after my father passed. Memories flooded and we talked for hours with every box we looked into. As the night grew on, we caught ourselves, nieces, nephews, grandma and sister...playing with Evil Keneivels'. Yes multiple. Stunt cycles, the funny car. Amazing 30+ years later they work and we were having jumping contest. For all those who ever wanted to be 7 again. I did it, we all did it that night. I do it now with my kids, at least once a month. We all need it now and again. And dad is right there telling to not break the lamps!! Thanks Dad


John
1968


This memory was added on: January 18, 2007

Pushing 40 years old ,this toy brings a loving tear to my eye,I would jump Evil off of our 2 story deck into the waiting pool below,off the roof when my dad cleaned the gutters,but mostly in the living room for months during the winter.Evil met his end when me and my sister wanted to play snake canyon with him and taped 2 huge sky rockets to both sides and sent him on his way off the deck,he was badly burned but i still kept him,my mother put gauze on him and put him in a shoe box that she wrote Hospital on the outside with markers.....one of my Greatest toys.


john nault
1969


This memory was added on: January 17, 2007

Tears Fall, Stars are down south now, long way from Butte.. 30 years has passed but I had them all to! I put more miles on that stunt cycle in a day than i do in my car now in a years are two. Years has changes my body and parts of my dysfunctional mind. Tears fall when i think back to my Evel Knievel toy sets and the fun we all had. This "WILL NOT" come out of the box because intervision of yesterdays made me order two. Land Safely!


J T Hulsey
1964


This memory was added on: January 8, 2007

I believe it was Christmas Eve of 1975 on a snowy evening in Buffalo, NY. We met at Grandma's and Santa always came and gave us one gift to open that night. Imagine the joy and chaos of 5 boys (ages 9 to 11) each opening an Evil Kneivel Stunt Cycle. Poor Grandma's house was never really the same after all those collisions! Today is my cousins birthday, so I called him up in Tampa. He was in some design meeting, but I had time to ask him one question - "Best Christmas gift ever?" You already know what he said. Does this remind anyone else of the closing scene of the movie A Christmas Story? Gonna surprise him with one of those new Stunt Cycles. You can't go back, but I guess your heart can.


RAF
1964


This memory was added on: January 6, 2007

I had the first generation stunt cycle and enjoyed jumping it over all types of obstacles. After my disappointment of watching the Snake River debacle on closed-circuit television, I decided to give Evel a shot at redemption. I took the stunt cycle out on the deck and set up the jump at the top of the stairs. I cranked with all my might and let him go. He sailed through the air, clearing the entire length of the stairs while executing a perfect back flip. He stuck the landing, dropping 8 feet onto the concrete patio below. The bad news was, the cycle broke in half and never worked again. Good times, good times.


Stevie B.
1966


This memory was added on: January 4, 2007

One day a few years ago I was cleaning out my attic, and I stumbled upon my Evel action figure, no bike, no launcher, just Evel. Brought back many good memories. Showed it to my son, he was not impressed. Sad to say i lost it again in huricane Katrina, found out today in a USA today article they still sell them suckers. Gonna get one for my boy. Can't wait, I know he'll be impressed when he see's what I was talking about. Go Saints!!!


leo & dylan
1964


This memory was added on: January 3, 2007

I had every one of his toys, it was my favorite. The neighborhood bully, tried to take mine from me one day and i lost it, I beat him up so bad my dad had to provide medical care for him. I had the sky cycle "the one with the wings, dragster "it chandged from a stock car to a dragster", chopper, and the skake river canyon rocket. It was the best toy ever, and it changed the beighborhood bullys's life forever. I never left EVEL marry my sisters Barbie, she just wasn't tuff enough.


Thomas
1968



This memory was added on: January 3, 2007

So many boys grew up wanting a motorcycle because of Evel Knievel's Stunt Cycle. Riding a motorcycle creates a feeling of freedom for many people, and a motorcycle is even eligible for a Title Max loan, similar to a Title Max car title loan. Luckily not everyone who owns a motorcycle wants to do dangerous stunts like the ones Evel Knievel was famous for though.