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
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.
This memory was added on: September 27, 2008
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.
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.)
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!
This memory was added on: October 14, 2007
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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"!
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 !
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.
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!!
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!!!!
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.