Kaptain Robbie Knievel will make a historic motorcycle jump this weekend at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta.
During a phone interview with the Coastal Courier, Knievel talked about the upcoming jump and his fans in the area.
"The fans have been great," he said. "There’s been so much radio and television, the atmosphere has been like a live show … I’m going to be jumping the lake over here, and we’ve built the ramp with barges. It’s going to be exciting."
Knievel will attempt to jump his bike over 300 feet of boats that will be lined up in the theme park’s lake. The stunt will be the main attraction for the park’s All-American Weekend to celebrate Independence Day. According to Wild Adventures spokesperson Micha Hogan, the total distance of the jump is equivalent to jumping 30 full-size automobiles.
According to professional stunt coordinator Spanky Spangler, a stunt of this type has never been done before.
"I have constructed all kinds of ramps, but this one starts over water and lands on water. It’ll be a first," Spangler said.
Hogan said 12 barges and 10 boats were used to create the one-of-a-kind ramp structure.
"I made a jump similar to this a few years ago in Jacksonville, but over a lake like this, it’s the first time. It’s going to be tough ’cause it’s so tight," Knievel said.
He has made 250 successful professional jumps during his career and holds 20 world records for jumping. Two of Knievel’s more notable jumps were his building-to-building jump in 1999 and his Caesar’s Palace fountains jump in 1989.
Knievel is the son of the late Evel Knievel, who is regarded as the "King of the Stuntmen" for his motorcycle jumps in the 1960s and ’70s.
Robbie Knievel’s jump is set for 6 p.m. Saturday. Park gates open at 10 a.m. If the weather is bad, the stunt will be rescheduled for Sunday. For more information, go to www.wildadventures.com.
Will Knievel make the big jump? Pick up a copy of Wednesday’s Coastal Courier to find out.