Winning Bid Announced in Snake River Canyon Jump Stunt

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Big Ed Beckley has almost $1 million that says hell jump the Snake River Canyon.
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  • "Big Ed" Beckley has almost $1 million that says he'll jump the Snake River Canyon.

In 1974 iconic daredevil Evel Knievel tried—and failed—to jump the Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls. Now, nearly 40 years later, "Big Ed" Beckley, of Texas, is putting his (sizable) amount of money where his mouth is with a new attempt to succeed where Knievel failed.

Beckley bid $943,000 to the Idaho Department of Lands to secure a two-year lease on a block of more than 1,100 acres of state endowment trust land on the north side of the canyon, where a landing site for his jump attempt will be located.

The winning bid, announced by land managers on Sept. 27, beat out five other contenders. The money from the lease will benefit public schools.

Beckley, owner of Beckley Media, is a longtime motorcycle jumper famous not only for his feats (he beat a Knievel distance jumping record in 1974) but his size—weighing in at just under 300 pounds, Beckley, 62, is billed as the "world's largest motorcycle jumper."

Other applicants included Illinois-based REO Development Group; Ping Pong Productions Inc., of Los Angeles; Adrenaline Nation, of Perris, Calif.; and Twin Falls-based Omega Point Productions, owned by two brothers whose father built the steam rocket that Knievel used in his failed 1974 attempt to jump the canyon. All five competed for rights to use the land—owned by the state endowment trust—in a live oral auction in Boise on Sept. 27.