Theme park ride honors Evel Knievel

Roller coaster named for daredevil opens in St. Louis

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 19, 2008
Six Flags St. Louis is unveiling a one-of-a-kind wooden roller coaster honoring legendary daredevil Evel Knievel.

Friends and family of the motorcycle legend will attend the June 20 grand opening of the Evel Knievel coaster at the theme park in Eureka, Mo., just outside of St. Louis.

“We are honored to be the home of Evel Knievel, the first and only roller coaster named after this larger-than-life figure,” says Dave Roemer, Six Flags St. Louis park president. “Everything about this ride is first-class and Evel Knievel will quickly become the most talked about wooden coaster in the industry.”The Evel Knievel roller coaster ride starts off with a bang on this 80-foot 90-degree turn.

The compact twister was designed by Great Coasters International and cost $7 million. The 24-seat ride starts with an 80-ft plunge into a 90-degree turn before ending the 2,700-foot track filled with 16 hills and 14 crossovers and several breathtaking twists and turns. The red white and blue trains (matching the colors that Knievel wore when performing his famous jumps) reach a top speed of 50 mph.

Screens along the waiting queue play clips of Knievel’s feats while billboards take guests through the daredevil’s career timeline.

Knievel passed away Nov. 30, 2007 in Clearwater, Fla., but he played a role in creating the roller coaster that bears his name.

“I’ve been thrilling people all my life with my death defying stunts. And I’ve proven after a spectacular fall that you’re never a failure as long as you try to get up,” Knievel said in September 2007. “What better way to create a new generation of Evel Knievel fans than by partnering with Six Flags for this exciting attraction. I’m thrilled to be part of it.”