I dread assignments like this. Actually, this was not an assigned shoot, but the following year I did one when Evel Knievel came to do an exhibition jump, which was supposed to be the warm-up for his famous Snake River Canyon jump. Anyhow, in something like this you only get one shot at the photo. The camera malfunctions, your hands shake, somebody stands up in front of you, you are going to have to leave town. My photo of the Knievel jump shows the Dallas Morning News photographer lying on the ground, almost under the jump. I didn’t think of that, but in any event I would have considered that too chancy. Might miss the shot.
Anyhow, on this day Bob Gill was here to jump a row of cars, and I did get the shot. Maybe this was my warm-up for the Evel Knievel shot the following year. This sequence shows Bob inspecting the car line-up. Like it was going to matter if a car is out of line. Then there’s Bob with his Suzuki jump bike and Bob doing a wheelie to impress the crowd. Finally the moment of truth, and honestly I am glad there was no tragedy shot that day.