9. 12 Cars and a Cargo Van
Date: June 19, 1966
Location: Missoula Auto Track in Missoula, MT
Successful Jump: No
Injuries Sustained: Broken arm and broken ribs
The first few jumps of Knievel's career were relatively tame and featured him jumping over several cars or pickup trucks at a time. So, when he decided to ramp things up and throw 12 cars (and a cargo van!) into the mix, people from all over the country sat up and paid attention. His eventual cras gave them something to see and generated a ton of publicity for himself. It also taught him a very valuable lesson: The extra cargo van just isn't worth it!