The recently unveiled refurbished volcano at Las Vegas’ Mirage Casino was the site New Year’s Eve of Robbie Knievel’s latest shot at maintaining his image as the offspring of legendary daredevil Evel Knievel.
Originally hyped as a jump over the casino’s volcano, the 200-foot high jump made Knievel appear to jump over the volcano on television, though he actually jumped next to it as it spewed a fireball under him for live spectators. This daredevil version of “smoke and mirrors” caused some disgruntlement from fans and press as they were underwhelmed by the actual event which more than one hour after it was scheduled to take place, Knievel finally launched down a ramp on a motorcycle over spewing lava at the Mirage’s volcano.
Knievel said he told casino officials when they were planning the jump that if they wanted him to jump over the volcano, they would have to clear palm trees and build a ramp that would likely disrupt their valet parking service in front of the hotel. Discussions, obviously, that did not filter out to the general public.
Robbie said he was likely going 75 to 80 mph when he jumped, though he wasn’t sure because his bike didn’t have a speedometer. Knievel said after the successful launch that his dad would have been proud, and said his New Year's resolution was to live like a famous Rolling Stones guitarist in 2009. "Like Keith Richards, I'm going to keep smoking, drinking and jumping in my fourth decade," the 46-year-old stuntman said.