BUBBA'S JUMP GALLERIES
Bubba Blackwell - United States
Bubba Blackwell the only Harley-Davidson sponsored jumper grew up in Alabama and became a big Evel Knievel fan and of motorcycles in the 1970's. Like many kids from that era, Bubba jumped bicycles and had his very own Evel Knievel stunt cycle toy.
In 1987, he started road racing motorcycles and won the Heavyweight Superbike National Championship in 1988 when he was only 19 years old. Bubba was very successful in racing, but he always had a dream to perform in the same arena as his childhood hero.
Bubba turned to stunt riding and he has skyrocketed to the top of his field. Bubba chose to ride Harley-Davidson XR-750.
Bubba learned that most important thing about jumping is not how far you go, but what kind of overall thrill show you give and that you give the people the best performance you can.
At the age of 28, he jumped 20 cars to celebrate the grand opening of a Harley-Davidson/Buell dealership in Boston. In doing this, he broke Evel Knievel's 19 car record that was set at Ontario, California in February of 1971.
July 4, 1999, Bubba broke Evel's 13 bus record (buses actually cleared at Kings Island). Bubba cleared 14 buses at the Del Mar Fair in California.
October 22, 1999, Bubba made his national television debut by appearing on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". Bubba attempted to jump 14 semi-trucks to beat Evel's record of 13. Unfortunately Bubba didn't get enough speed and came up short. He was able to navigate the bike down the landing ramp safely.
December 18, 1999 brought another record for Bubba. He successfully jumped 15 full-size touring buses. A jump well over 157ft. Bubba broke his own record that he sat just five months earlier. This jump was aired on the television show, "I Dare You" on the UPN network on February 1, 2000.
February 10, 2001 Bubba successfully jumped over 14 semi-trucks in Foley, Alabama to make up for the jump he did on "The Tonight Show".
Bubba had a serious accident on July 4, 2001 at the Del Mar Fair while attempting to jump over 22 cars. He suffered many injuries, but had a miraculous recovery. He continued doing his regular stunt shows for the next few years, but that desire to fly a Harley-Davidson through the air was always on his mind.
He came back jumping in 2003 by clearing 10 semi-trucks and then 15 Porsches. He has since then jumped many times and has broken more records as recent as February 2011 for the EMC company where he jumped 40 Suymmetrix Storage platforms.
Bubba is back and has his biggest year yet with many stunt shows and many jumps for 2011. He is currently planning to attempt 22 cars again! Stay tuned!