When I was a kid growing up back in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, we had a rather large drop off behind our house. It was basically due to soil erosion. Not a good thing for the house, but a great thing for a kid who wanted to recreate Evel Knievel's jump across the Snake River Canyon.
I always dug the graphic design of his outfits and machines. There isn't anything more easily identifiable as truly American, as one of his leather jumpsuits. Craig Breedlove is the only other motoring icon that comes to my mind who I think also captured the essence of the American Spirit.
Robert Craig, better known as Evel Knievel, that Star Spangled Daredevil, is gone at the age of 69.