Evel Knievel Museum
2047 SW Topeka Boulevard
Topeka, Kansas 66612
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1974 "Big Red" Mack Truck
The original "Big Red" trailer was a flatbed trailer.
Evel Knievel's second truck was fully enclosed and provided an area in
the front section to house the jump bikes. The rear section was unique
because the entire side opened to accommodate the ramp storage and several
pieces of original ramp can be seen at the rear.
Evel Knievel's trailers served as a rolling billboard
and he changed the message on the sides to promote upcoming jumps. The
restored trailer in the Evel Knievel Museum has two promotions on each
side: Snake River Jump and Kings Island Jump.
Big Red was no longer used following Knievel's retirement
and eventually it was found rotting in a field in Florida. In 2013. the
skateboarding star, Lathan McKay, purchased the rig and it was restored
at Historic Harley-Davidson in Topeka. Restoration took a year and a half
and nearly 100 individuals and businesses were involved. Displays and an
18 minute documentary tell the restoration story in detail.
These wall panels were on the trailer when restoration began.
This was the paint job for Evel
Knievel's final "World Tour." Traces of the "Big Red" paint can be
seen beneath the final white paint job.
Restored interior cab of “Big Red”
This is the front trailer where Evel Knievel readied himself for each
jump as it was in the 1970's.
The furniture, wood paneling, trophies, decor and wardrobe are all
Viva Knievel Movie Billboard
These billboards were used to promote the motion picture release in
The centerpiece of the helmet display is the original Knievel Caesars
The small movie theater features Evel Knievel films.
Interactive touch screen display of Evel Knievel's many injuries
Part of the display of Evel Knievel licensed items.
Doug Danger jumped a vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycle from
the museum over 15 police SUV's ( about 90 feet)
to create the video for "The Jump" virtual reality experience.
$5 additional charge
Curator Bruce Zimmerman demonstrates the "Jump Planner."
X2 Skycycle which was used in a secret practice jump of Snake River
Canyon, a month before the public jump.
The test was not successful and it landed nose first in the bottom
of the canyon
It sits on a piece of the actual ramp and the dirt comes from the site.
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