- Published on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:15
Bubba Blackwell, a Harley-Davidson daredevil, who has brought nostalgia and human drama back to stunt jumping that was made famous by his hero Evel Knievel back in the 70’s, will be performing a ramp-to-ramp jump in front of a full house during this year’s Auto Plus Night Under Fire presented by Kelly Services on Saturday August 10, 2013.
Bubba Blackwell, of Bon Secour, Alabama, knew he wanted to be a ‘daredevil’ when he grew up at the young age of eight after watching Evel Knievel on TV. Eager to get started, Blackwell devised a jump for his bicycle so he could impress all his friends. He lined up a number of garbage cans in a row, just like his hero, all the while his dad is watching hoping the kid would miss, get hurt and this crazy idea of being a daredevil would go away. Instead he landed the jump and the rest his history.
In April 1998, Blackwell took ownership of his first World Record. He broke his hero’s (Evel Knivel) 1971 record jump of 19 Dodge Colts by using the same Harley-Davidson XR-750 motorcycle used by Knivel but he was able to jump 20 cars. Blackwell has gone on to break many records and has jumped cars, semi-trucks and tour buses over his career.
Tickets are still on sale for this year’s 50th Anniversary Celebration during the Auto Plus Night Under Fire presented by Kelly Services, but the good seats are going fast so don’t wait. Tickets can be purchased over the phone during office hours 419-668-5555 or online. You can even print out your tickets using the ‘E-Ticket’ option at www.SummitMotorsportsPark.com/nuf.