When I was young I remember having this Evel Knievel motorcycle toy that had a Knievel doll on it. You could wind up the motor in this little hand-wound bay and then the motorcycle would shoot out and race wherever you pointed it.
I would make it jump other toys, furniture, a stream outside and pets. Usually it crashed. Unfortunately, Knievel himself crashed a lot too.
Evel Knievel was the quintessential American daredevil, and inspired a whole generation of American boys to smash their nuts against the handlebars of their bicycles attempting to imitate his stunts.
In his red, white and blue costume, his uniquely American persona is burnished in the collective memory of many of us. Rest in Peace, Evel.