As promised in a previous post, here are some photos from 1973.
This was the do-or-die shot I mentioned before. Cycle News asked me to cover the event and get some shots. I knew the big shot would be the jump, and it was sweat city. My Pentax did not have a motor drive, and Knievel was going to be in the air for about one second. This would be an easy one to screw up.
First, Knievel made a big show of it. He did some high speed charges up and down the Green Valley drag strip, once doing a feet-up slid to a stop in front of the gathered dignitaries. I was impressed. He also had championship racer Roger Reiman holding his bike for him. It was a real class reversal in my view.
Sports announcer Howard Cosell was there to provide the usual hype.
And finally, Knievel made the jump, and again I’m glad I did not have a tragedy to capture on film.
I later noticed the photographer from The Dallas Morning News had placed himself on the ground beneath the jump and got a great shot of the bottom of the Triumph. You can barely see him in the photo below the bike. It was a striking photo, but I would have been concerned there was a good chance of missing the shot. I played it safe, and Cycle News got their photo.