Ashes of Calgary Evel Knievel fan carried over Snake River Canyon443 views
Daredevil Eddie Braun flew rocket with Todd Swayze’s ashes in his pocket
Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun was hardly alone when he finished the feat that Evel Knievel famously failed to do back in 1974.
Joining him for the 600-metre jump over Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket were the ashes of Todd Swayze.
“They were in Eddie’s pocket,” his wife Tamara Swayze told the Calgary Eyeopener on Thursday. “He wouldn’t miss that jump for all the tea in China. That man was obsessed. That was a bucket list for him to be there.”
Swayze said her husband, who died of lung cancer in February, had been a huge fan since his teenage years.
“He had met Evel Knievel and Linda Knievel and Robbie Knievel outside a doughnut shop in Calgary just off of Macleod Trail — and he was hooked. I mean, every child back in the 70s was jumping this, jumping that to beat Evel, ’cause he was the coolest.”
It was Braun, along with the rocket’s designer Scott Truax, who orchestrated the special memorial.
The three had become friendly several years ago at Evel Knievel Daysin Butte, Mont., the annual festival celebrating the legendary daredevil.
my reflection of the past days, years and tears .
two pictures summarize my entire Adventure. pic.twitter.com/sj7Ws5EmVj
— Eddie Braun (@Crsh4csh) September 21, 2016
Tamara Swayze, along with several dozen members of the Knievel family, watched Braun soar over the southern Idaho canyon on Sept. 16 in a custom-built rocket called “Evel Spirit.”
“Never once did I think that Eddie wouldn’t make it. I had all the confidence in that man,” she said.
“It’s overwhelming that they would show such grace and kindness to my husband. And to honour him.”