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Friday, 07, Aug 2015 12:41

by Daniella Almeida

Doug Danger shatters a record 40 years in the making after successfully clearing 22 cars

In 1972, Evel Knievel failed to clear 22 cars on his motorcycle, a Harley-Davidson XR-750, and landed on the safety short one car. Over 40 years later, fan and friend, Doug Danger takes up the task and nails it before a cheering crowd in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Earlier this year, Danger vowed that he would complete the task and succeed where Knievel did not.

"I know it's dangerous, but death has had me by the throat twice in my life, and I spit in its face," he declared.

In front of an anxious crowd, Danger hoped on the same bike Knievel did nearly 43 years ago - now worth £225,618 - and went for it. He was confident he knew what he had to do, but the fear was still very much there. Danger said: "I had to be doing 80 to get to the other side. I just said here we go baby, 'god, here I come, take care of me.' And he did."

The event took place last night at the Buffalo Chip Campground during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally currently going on in South Dakota. To clear the zone, which was 145 ft (44.2m) long, Danger had to reach a speed of at least 80 mph.

The ramps used in the jump were assembled in his own yard by several welders, including the daredevil himself. They were created by students at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School in Palmer, Massachusetts, Danger's hometown.

Doug Danger, born Doug Senecal, has been a daredevil for nearly his entire life. Throughout his career, he gained fame and eventually became acquainted with Knievel himself. After coming back from a terrible crash in 1992 and beating stage 4 cancer, this jump was nothing for someone as resilient and tough as Doug Danger.

The event was part of the week-long rally in Sturgis that ends this Sunday (9 August). A display of Evel Knievel memorabilia and history is also currently being displayed at the same rally.

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