For those of you who have not heard we are not doing the Snake River Canyon Jump this year and who knows yet if we ever will do it.
We are still trying to get a media partner for 2015 but we have dumped over a million bucks of our own cash money in this project and will not get it back until we get that big TV deal we thought we had until FOX TV backed out.
We are not a ego maniac that will do something other than a motorcycle jump over that Canyon. When we were asked if we would put together a simple rocket launch and we said, ” No but Hell No!” If we do any jump it will be with a motorcycle based vehicle not simply a rocket on a rail. This was always supposed to be a Jump over the Snake River Canyon not a rocket launch.
If no TV Network wants to pay us several million dollars to do this the way we have told people we would do it then we shall walk away. We are not going to sink any more money in that project until we see some huge return on our money. I was never going to do this “because it needed to be done” I was doing this strictly for the business aspect and there is no reason to take risks for the heck of it. It is in God’s hands and we shall follow his lead wherever this jumping career takes us.
Thanks to our friends and fans for trying to help us we keep giving you all the truth and the respect you so deserve. .
We are happy to announce we are working with Kennedale Speedway Park located almost halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth. We are excited to get this event on the books and soon we shall be able to announce the date.
Our old friend Smiley Sitton who is a name well known in Texas and Oklahoma race circles is the one that helped put this together. Smiley has a 305 Sprint Car Series and he is very successful with his racing series and his racing schools. There is an old time connection between us as he was a race track promoter back in the 80′s when I was traveling around doing over 50 race track dates a year jumping cars ramp to ramp. Smiley had a track called Buffalo Park Speedway in north Dallas and he did well there. In 1980 and 1981 hired us to come and do shows at his speedways and we always sold it out.
Soon we will nail down a date and invite all of you there!
First off we want to tell our friends and our fans not to be upset with FOX TV. This is purely a business decision and they have to justify the costs and weigh the profitability. I get it and understand because I am a business man.
They (FOX) do not have all those fancy studios because they have made stupid business deals. They are smart people and I am confident we will work with them in the future as everyone should know we have that land leased for two years – 2015 is just around the corner!
Here is the write-up about the whole show getting canceled. click on that link and read the story.
We received the final word on Tuesday evening the executives at FOX TV have backed away from the Snake River Canyon Jump.
We will not sacrifice safety, our integrity, and our just reward for attempting a real motorcycle jump over the Canyon.
We are now seeking other media partners and we are undaunted by this development because it is in God’s hands. We have followed his lead from the start and whatever he has in store for us, whatever it may be we are along for the ride.
A special thanks go to those who are closest to this whole deal – my friend, my cheerleader, the one that never gave up thru all this is Cheryl Williamson. Her support has been a lifesaver throughout this whole ordeal.
Of course there is my friend and attorney Jon Simmons as well as Rod Woodruff and his crew from the Buffalo Chip. These are the ones closest to the whole project and have been with me thru the beginning. There are many others too like Chad Coppess, Gene Sullivan, my Team Jesus, my office girls, and more and they all are respected and appreciated for always being there for me. Also to my back up rider and builder Paul Stender and his beautiful wife Thanks for all you have done and tried to do for this project.
Thanks to you all – for your support and believing in me. .
I hope you understand there will be no replies to your questions – nor radio or TV interviews about this subject until we know more – we will move forward.
I am not thru with this jump or others we have been working on. There is much more to do with this restart of my career.
Remember – I have always been the one that when people said he couldn’t – I showed them I could and I have the LORD on my side – everything is possible with him.
BIG Ed Beckley
At the present time we are accepting inquires about jumping at race tracks, Motorcycle Rallies, Bike Shops, Auto dealerships, State and County Fairs from July 1st through October 1st, 2014 then we are under contract not to do any jumps after that date.
Our fees are not cheap but we work on performance of the event instead of a huge up front charge. We want the event to be successful and will come in early and work the newspaper, radio stations, TV news. Wait till you see the amount of publicity that follows us. Bigger the crowd the more we make – so we work that media hard to fill it up!
We can do either a quick 15 minute Motorcycle jump show or a complete 2 hour Thrill Show with Auto and Motorcycle Thrill events.
If you are interested please do not delay as our calendar is filling up with events, call Ed or Tina Kelly at our office from 9am to 5pm Central Time @ 940-683-4742 pr email email@example.com.
Having a Rocket Powered Jump bike being designed and built over 1000 miles away is not always the most convenient place.
With the aerospace industry heavy in Texas I wondered … . . . so I went searching and wow did I find a gold mine. Here are some photos of the honest to God rocket scientists that I met last week and their shop.
What I learned was huge and what I found out was we are doing the right thing just need more time.
These guys are from Exos Aero Space and their headquarters are less than an hour away from my office. Check their link out and I will have more about these guys soon and what they might be doing to help us out at the Snake River Canyon Jump project.
In the picture above I am in the middle of two world renown rocketeers!
Read about them on their Exos Aero Space website.
These are some smart guys and I think with Paul Stender and his crew and these guys helping we can get over that Canyon no matter what!
More about my trip soon.
What is going on with the Snake River Canyon Jump?
Rumors and innuendo are flying around more than a Hollywood soap opera.
What we can tell you ……..
We have made a deal to be part of a two hour special on FOX TV that will be aired live from the jump site. We are one of two teams that will be making the attempt – Big Ed Beckley and the other one will be done by Eddie Braun.
You already know of Big Ed Beckley’s jumping exploits and his desire to jump the Canyon since 1974. Braun has been Charlie Sheen’s stunt double and is an accomplished stuntman . We feel we have the biggest story and the widest spot on the Canyon for the jump with the best location for filming.
Fox described the event in a press release: “This fall, on the 40th anniversary of Evel Knievel’s high-stakes attempt to jump across Idaho’s Snake River Canyon, two very different personalities – professional stuntman Eddie Braun and daredevil Big Ed Beckley hope to achieve what Knievel could not by crossing the gaping 2,300-foot-wide and 500 foot deep canyon.”
We at Team Beckley know Fox is very excited about this show and they will put out the effort to make it great and we are following what they want to do. Our hope and plans were to jump on Sept. 7th and Braun’s group was to jump on Sept. 1st . Whatever the date is that we are to jump we will be ready as we can be!
Here is a video of my jump in Abilene. No practice jumps made me a little leery of my speedometer so I just guessed it and the jump almost ended up tragically.