With his world famous father Evel laid up in hospital after suffering a stroke last week, son Robbie kept the Knievel family name close to the skies on Saturday with a jump over a mountain of money – albeit fake.
The stunt, performed at the Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, Delaware, was part of the ING Direct Independence Ride. The 45-year-old stuntman comfortably cleared a 150 foot jump over huge wads of fake cash representing the £2.3 billion that ING Direct customers have earned in interest since 2000.
After landing the jump Robbie said: “I jumped over 150 feet over a pile a cash for ING Direct, the biggest internet bank. It was the first time I wanted to miss on purpose to land in the cash.
“I’ve broken about 20 bones, give or take a few, over the years, but I keep jumping to continue the name and the tradition. Knievel is the most famous name on two wheels, and we’re the last of the last, so I’m keeping up the tradition.”
The entire event was organised by ING to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the ING Direct Kids Foundation and was made up of Robbie’s jump, live music acts and a 60-mile, 2000-bike rideout from Philadelphia to Wilmington.
Arkadi Kulmann, the President and CEO of ING Direct lead the ridout himself aboard his very own Harley Davidson. He said: “This day combined two of my favourite things – kids and bikes – and will raise money to add more independence to a child’s life.”