Before his death Evel Knievel made arrangements to be buried in his hometown of Butte, Montana – and plans are now underway for a funeral in front of tens of thousands.
The Butte Civic Arena, with seating for 17,000, will play host to Knievel's ceremony on Monday (December 10), but the total crowd figure is expected to be even higher.
Lifelong friend Bill Rundle is arranging the massive funeral. He said: “It will be a huge deal, and a tribute to him. He wanted something special, and that’s what he’ll get. We have the Evel Knievel Days event over here in Bute, and after the six years we’ve done it now we get 100,000 people coming, so I’m sure it will be huge, just the way he was. One thing about Evel was that he always drew a crowd.”
Check out the December 12 edition of MCN for our full 16-page tribute to Knievel.