Every year Butte, Montana holds its “Evel Knievel Days” festival, a 3-day celebration of extreme sports. At this year’s event, ‘Nitro Circus’ driver Gregg Godfrey decided to set a new world record in ‘Semi Truck Jumping’ and did so in quite a fashion. The old record was a measly 62 feet; Goddfrey and his Knievel-themed truck managed to soar 166 terrifying feet through the Butte sky.
Godfrey was originally going to jump his semi over Evel Knievel’s extra-long ‘Red Hauler’ truck, but organizers couldn’t fit the iconic vehicle between the two ramps, the Montana Standard reported.
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In order to complete the jump Godfrey planned to get the nine-ton truck up to 70 miles per hour, according to KXLF.
After landing successfully, he said: ‘I hit so hard, I think I’m concussed. I don’t think I’m all there.’
The daredevil’s nephew, Tanner Godfrey, introduced his uncle to the crowd that had gathered for the event and they broke into loud cheers after the world record was shattered to pieces.
About 2,000 people turned out to watch the stunts and some of them shot video.
The younger Godfrey broke a world record of his own when he jumped a utility terrain vehicle 202 feet and Levi Troutman broke his own world record by running through ten burning walls.
Austin James, the organizer of Evel Knievel Days, said: ‘Three world records in one night is kind of insane.’